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Canned Cranberry Sauce… the jiggly symbol of an industry?

This Thanksgiving every Realtor and home seller should be thankful and contemplate Canned Cranberry Sauce. As it/they sit/s on your plates, know that it/they symbolize/s what staging has to offer. 

Here is my scholarly list...

7 ways Canned Cranberry Sauce embodies Real Estate Staging!

1. Canned Cranberry Sauce does not cost much, but can have tasty results.

2. Canned Cranberry Sauce visually appeals to almost everyone.

3. Canned Cranberry Sauce takes the right tools and skill to get it out of a can properly.

4. Canned Cranberry Sauce is memorable without overpowering the rest of the food.

5. Canned Cranberry Sauce isn't cluttered with complex flavors.

6. Canned Cranberry Sauce is best served with the entrée, at the beginning of the dinner.

7. Canned Cranberry Sauce is not appreciated until it is tried.

Happy Thanksgiving...


PS: This Thanksgiving I am MOST thankful for those of our land, not on our soil, defending our country.

Comment balloon 26 commentsCraig Schiller • November 21 2006 07:17AM


If I confess to hating canned cranberry sauce, does that make me a bad stager?  lol  Although, I must admit I like the way it looks...and jiggles...and I am quite proficient at getting it out of the can!

Happy Thanksgiving!

P.S.  I have many things to be thankful for and finding Active Rain and becoming a part of such a sharing and caring community is one of them!

Posted by Judy Kincaid almost 14 years ago

Hi Craig,

Where do you come up with all the awesome pics to go with your blog.  I love it!  BTW, by any chance are you related to Nancy Schiller in Elmhurst?

Posted by Blanca Cholewczynski, XCO (U) almost 14 years ago
Craig I know what your favorite food of the Thanksgiving day holiday is CRANBERRY. HAPPY THANKSGIVING
Posted by Bob Pavey, CRS (RE/MAX Hometown) almost 14 years ago
Very creative Craig.  Too bad you couldn't make it jiggle.
Posted by Keith Jeppson - Salt Lake City Real Estate (Everest Realty Group) almost 14 years ago

I am in the same boat as Judy.  Hate the stuff, wont touch it but I am a NOVICE at getting it out of the can!


Posted by Marci Toliver, Anderson SC, Spartanburg,Greenville SC, Home Staging (438-4642) almost 14 years ago

And it's red like your lost nose!

I never would have come up with this analogy, but it works...


Posted by Kristal Kraft, Selling Metro Denver Real Estate - 303-589-2022 (Novella Real Estate) almost 14 years ago

Canned cranberry sauce has to be done right!  Both ends of the can have to be opened which will be impossible if they start making the bottom round like they have the soup cans!  Carefully slide a knife next to the can and circle it around until the jiggle stuff releases.  Once removed from the can, don't mush it!  Slice it and display nicely on a glass plate with a sprig of mint garnish!  All stagers know these hints for preparing a lovely holiday table.  (tongue in cheek here)

Now at my house, canned cranberry is only eaten with cottage cheese at non-holiday times.  The holiday cranberry is made from fresh cranberries (1 bag), 1 orange with peel, and 1 apple cored but not peeled.  All are ground together and sugar is added to taste.  Serve in a glass bowl with a garnish of orange for pizzazz!

Posted by Bonnie Erickson (Tangletown Realty) almost 14 years ago

Bonnie I am with you on the fresh cranberries I love it; I make enough for a month.  But the addition of apples yum, I will try that sometime.

Favorite Craig: I use cranberry sauce on turkey sandwiches all year long; how cool is it now that every time I eat one I will think of you!  PS: Very creative but no one is surprised, I'm sure you can even make a graphic jiggle if you want to.  Ut oh that sounded too much like a compliment, gotta go.......

Posted by Carole Cohen, Realtor, ePRO (Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office) almost 14 years ago
real turkey headshotHappy Thanksgiving and eat beef!
Posted by Carole Cohen, Realtor, ePRO (Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office) almost 14 years ago
Fresh is the only way to go. You never know where your can has been.
Posted by David Spencer, Show Me real estate in Kansas City (Keller Williams Northland) almost 14 years ago


I have never had this sauce.  It looks like you either love it or hate it.  I will make a point to try it this turkey day.   Any suggestions as to which brand may be best.  I don't think I can master the skill to make it myself just yet.   

Posted by Blanca Cholewczynski, XCO (U) almost 14 years ago
Blanca, Ocean Spray for the canned. For someone who makes Smashed potatoes (which incidentally I think you should FED EX to me lolol) the cranberry sauce pretty much makes itself.  You can even do it without the add ons of orange etc but the bages are cheap and instructions for cooking a peice of cake, er tray of sauce.  
Posted by Carole Cohen, Realtor, ePRO (Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office) almost 14 years ago

My mother was a trained chef, so cranberries at our house were fresh from a bag simmered gently with orange rind to add another layer of flavor.

I hated the damn stuff. Until my husband turned me to the dark side and got me hooked on canned cranberries. I quickly became an expert at removing it from the can, while maintaining the perfect shape (ridges and all!). then carefully slicing it into beautiful slices!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American AR friends!

Posted by Lucie Quigley (HOLT modern Home Staging) almost 14 years ago

Your forgot to mention how pretty it looks even surrounded by bland food - it gives your plate the right touch, even if you don't eat it.

Great analogy and Happy Thanksgiving to you.  May we enjoy our cranberry and all that it represents!


Posted by Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate (Majestic Properties) almost 14 years ago

I bombed out on the Turkey test.  Wanna try?


Posted by Rob Robinson- Lehigh Valley PA (Bertrum Settlements (Title & Abstract)) almost 14 years ago

So did I Rob - great link!  I think I only got 5 right.  I guess I'm no Turkey expert.


Posted by Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate (Majestic Properties) almost 14 years ago

Verry cool and creative blog.  You should be submitting that to article sites.


Posted by Brian Burrows (CENTURY 21 MoneyWorld) almost 14 years ago

Thank you so much for the sugestion.  I will try it this week.  Making smashed potatoes is not that hard; boil, smash add secret ingridient and serve!  I would love to send you some, how about this time I will have a little extra in your honor just a little extra because I am watching the figure : )

If you do happen to visit the Chicagoland area let me know I will me more than happy to have you over and make them for you.   Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  

Posted by Blanca Cholewczynski, XCO (U) almost 14 years ago

Blanca: you are quite welcome and ty I would be delighted to meet you (and eat of course) when I visit Chicago next.  Happy Thankgsgiving to you too!

Rob: This was the best thing sinced sliced bread, the turkey quiz! I love the feathered fowls.  I got 14 right and could have been 15 except I changed......ut oh, I won't tell, let everyone take the quiz it's fun!:-)


Posted by Carole Cohen, Realtor, ePRO (Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office) almost 14 years ago
I like cranberries but only with chocolate around them.  Chocolate covered cranberries are quite tasty!  Yum!
Posted by Linda Davis (RE/MAX Home Team) almost 14 years ago

Hey Craig,

Happy thanksgiving

Ray Saenz

Posted by Ray Saenz, Homes for Sale in Laredo, TX - Texas, Realtor (Exit Realty Laredo) almost 14 years ago

Craig, your posts and pictures are always so clever and creative!!  Make that cranberry sauce jiggle - I know YOU can do it!!  I'm not a cranberry fan, but love the color with all the traditional Thanksgiving foods.

And like Judy said, I'm very thankful to be a part of this great community on Active Rain!

Happy Thanksgiving one and all!

Posted by Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent (RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine) almost 14 years ago

Judy: Have a jiggly day. ME

Blanca: YES Nancy and I were twins separated at birth. She just does not know it. ;)

Bob: Actually... I really don't care for them. BUT I like the way they look.

Keith: Make it jiggle... that will be part of my THANKSGIVING 2007 EXPANDED posting. You know you gotta keep getting better.

Marci: Yup the can thing... it is the ART of the preparation. ON false move and...

KK: AND red like a glass of wine!

Bonnie: KNIFE!! You use a KNIFE? Oh no sweetie... let it slide. SLOOOOOOOOWLY

ThreeCee: Actaully I have spend Thanksgiving Day up in central Wisconsin in a farm house right across the street from a cranberry bog. Na-Na Na-Na Naa Naa (Inside joke.)

David: So true...ESPECIALLY when you garnish your berries with the can's wrapper.

Lucie: I also happen to be THANKFUL for neighbors... to the north.

Ines: Your post on Thanksgiving... touched me and reminded me what a wonderful country we have.

Brian: THANK YOU... for all the info. Gonna work on your advice.

Linda: CHOCOLATE! THAT is such a REALTOR thing. LOL I should do an analogy why chocolate is the symbol of REALTORS.

Ray: Happy TD back at you and yours.

Ann: I jiggle enough in reality. Ditto. Ditto.


Posted by Craig Schiller almost 14 years ago
Nice idea.  I make cranberry sauce every year.  I wonder what that says about me? :)
Posted by Teresa Boardman (Boardman Realty) almost 14 years ago

haha this is great & very true! ;)




i stage & redeisgn to sell, live and work in san francisco bay area!  


Posted by Cindy Lin, Host, The Home Staging Show podcast (Staged4more School of Home Staging) almost 14 years ago

Very cool pic Craig.  I might be the only one that likes canned cranberry.  Give it a chance.  Melt it in a saucepan with a little orange or apple juice...serve over turkey or pancakes!  You must stage the turkey!

Posted by Janice Sutton, Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta (1st Stage Property Transformations ) almost 14 years ago