To cook cranberries, wash and rinse the cranberries, add sugar and water to them in a skillet, and cook them on the stove top. Serve cooked cranberries along with pork or turkey, or use them as a dessert topping.
To cook 1 pound of fresh cranberries, place them in a strainer, and rinse them in cold water under the kitchen faucet. Allow the cranberries to drain, shaking the strainer gently to encourage excess water to drain. Use a clean paper towel to pat the cranberries dry and remove additional water. Continue patting with clean paper towels to remove visible water.
Place the cranberries in a large skillet, and place the skillet on the stove top. Add 1 cup of sugar to the cranberries for tart flavor, or add 2 cups for a sweeter result. Add 1/2 cup water to the cranberries, and stir the mixture for even distribution of the sugar among the cranberries.
Turn the stove on medium heat, and cook the cranberries until the syrupy mixture begins to bubble. Turn the stove to low heat, and continue cooking for five minutes or until the berries begin to soften and break down. Turn the heat off, and allow the cranberries to cool prior to serving.