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Fermented Cranberry Sauce is made with maple, figs, citrus and cloves. It’s great on sandwiches, with all meats, including salmon and with salads! It’s Paleo and has no refined sugar.
This chunky condiment is lovely for your holiday table, but also one to eat from the moment cranberries appear to the moment they disappear from the markets.
Bubbles when you ferment, they’re : Ferments are exciting to make! I hope you’re feeling exuberant and enthusiastic about grabbing cranberries and these other ingredients and getting started on this very fun and easy ferment!
Ingredients in Fermented Cranberry Sauce
This is one special probiotic cranberry sauce recipe.
Cranberries: The odd thing about cranberries is that they lose their zing when they’re fermented. The zing (their tartness) is their nutrition, and it mellows yet amplifies, becoming more potent and digestible.
Flavor-wise we need to make cranberry ferments as exciting as the flavor of raw or cooked cranberries, because fermented berries are more nutritious!
Cranberries are super high in vitamin C, anti-flammatory in nature and high in antioxidants.
Dried figs: I have also added the best of all fruits to this ferment: the fig, the dried fig. The flavor and texture combo is lovely and complimentary.
This recipe also includes: raisins for sweetness, citrus for zing, maple for depth and sweetness, sea salt for umami and to bless the fermentation process, and a couple of fitting spices like cinnamon and cloves. Taste the serious, intense, complex goodness — earthy, tangy, sweet.
Lastly, you’ll use sauerkraut juice OR whey to inoculate this ferment. Whey can be dairy or dairy-free. Just look in the recipe Notes below the recipe for how to get whey if you’re not familiar with it. The process is quick and easy for all.
How to make Fermented Cranberry Sauce
Whether you’ve fermented before or are new to it, the one challenge most have with the process is keeping the recipe anaerobic, which just means without air. When this or any veggie/fruit kraut is packed into jars or a fermentation crock it must be weighted down so the solids stay beneath the brine, thus preventing mold and allowing their preservation.
I have found three favorite tools to share with you that help with this challenge.
The first tool is a set of simple glass weights that fit neatly and perfectly inside the mouths of mason jars. They didn’t have these when I started fermenting years ago, and they’re a wonderful, easy solution. (Find them HERE.)
The most important tip when fermenting is to consider Airlock Fermentation Lids (find them HERE).
Airlock lids also help to keep the ferment anaerobic — which, again, means no oxygen inside the jar, which can lead to spoilage.
Instead, the lids allow carbon dioxide to be released.
Use the glass weights and Airlock Lids together.
The other tool I like, and it’s a good alternative to the two above, is an affordable crock originally developed in Korea for making kimchi. It’s a rectangular vessel that has a vacuum lid inside. This lid suctions to the inside of the vessel and gets pushed beneath the brine. I make ferments continually in mine, and just walk away without worry once the ferment is packed in to age. (Find it HERE.)
GAPS Diet, AIP, Keto and Vegan-friendly details
For GAPS, there are two modifications to make to this recipe so it’s compliant:
- Substitute honey for the maple syrup, and omit the sauerkraut juice or whey (the honey has its own live cultures that will inoculate the ferment).
- Omit the cloves.
For AIP, this recipe is perfect! No changes need to be made. Simply enjoy this lively and healthy condiment.
For Keto, omit the dried fruit and maple syrup. After the ferment is complete, add stevia or monk fruit to taste, and stir well. Add more fresh lemon juice or orange rind if desired.
Yes, this recipe is Vegan also! Enjoy!
Fermented Cranberry Sauce
- mason jars or fermentation crock
- food processor or blender
- 5 cups fresh cranberries
- 1 cup filtered water
- ½ cup dried figs
- ½ cup raisins
- ½ cup pure maple syrup
- ¼ cup brine from prior ferment , sauerkraut juice for AIP, or *whey if preferred (see how in recipe Notes below)
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon or a cinnamon stick
- juice 1 orange and 2 tsp. of its zest
- juice 1 lemon and 1 tsp. of its zest
- ⅛ teaspoon cloves (so yummy!)
- Place cranberries into high powered blender or food processor. Pulse repeatedly until cranberries are diced and minced. Empty cranberries into medium-size fermentation crock or ceramic/glass large bowl. Set aside.
- Add remaining ingredients to blender, except the brine and cinnamon stick, (if using). Pulse until ingredients are chopped small, without pureeing.
- Add blender contents to crock or large bowl with cranberries. Using a wooden spoon, stir in brine.
- Spoon sauce into sterilized jars, if not using ferment crock. Weight down, so brine rises just slightly above weight. Clean the rim and inside upper edge of jar or crock. Place lid on jar or crock.
- Leave at room temperature, preferably in a warm location or on a warm sprouting mat (if winter time- see Recipe notes for mat) for about 3 to 5 days. Ferment will be slightly bubbly when complete (and fruit ferments are short).
- Refrigerate or place in cold storage for up to 1 month. Serve over time, enjoying up to ¼ cup with meals.
How to gather wheyWhey is the clear liquid on top of (dairy or dairy-free) probiotic yogurt or cottage cheese. How to collect dairy or dairy-free whey:
- Pour one cup (or more, as needed) yogurt into a coffee filter-lined colander, positioned over a bowl — overnight.
- In the bowl, in the morning, is whey. It drips through very slowly. (The yogurt left behind is now yogurt cheese. It’s extra thick and delicious.)
My three favorite fermentation tools are either glass mason jar weights + Airlock Fermentation Lids -- or -- the Korean-designed part-ceramic crock. Both options eliminate the challenges associated with keeping your ferment under the brine. (Find the weights HERE, the Lids HERE and the crock HERE.)
A sprouting mat (find it HERE) is great for fermentation of all kinds during the colder months. It will keep your cranberry sauce warm and move the fermentation safely forward, even when the house gets cool overnight.
Other sides for your holiday table?
- Try THIS fantastic Grain-free Stuffing with Sausage (GAPS and Keto). We make it every year, and even those with a standard American diet come back for seconds.
- Here’s my NEW AIP Stuffing recipe!!! SUPER excited about it; it’s delicious and awesome!! 😉
- HERE’s our favorite Winter Squash OR Sweet Potato Casserole, (which can be made ahead and frozen before baking). Paleo and GAPS.