One of my favorite holiday foods is cranberry sauce. A few years ago, when I was first getting in to fermenting, I knew I need to come up with a fermented cranberry sauce. Like most of you, what graced our table when I was growing up was the the gelatinous version with  the ridges left from the can. I loved it! Honestly, I still love it, but  we try very hard to avoid food that comes in cans because of the BPA. Even BPA-free cans have a chemical called BPB that will probably turn out to be just as harmful as BPA. Acidic foods such as cranberries and tomatoes are some of the worst foods to eat from a can because the acid eats away at the can, leaching the chemicals into your food. Anyhoo….

This version of cranberry sauce, uses raw honey instead of sugar. Raw honey contains vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and beneficial bacteria, whereas sugar contains nothing of value for your body. This fermented cranberry sauce only requires a short fermentation (about 48 hours) to produce plentiful probiotics for your microbiome and make the nutrients in the cranberries more bio-available (usable by your body).  Fermented foods help your body digest protein (especially when eaten at the start of the meal), so this will be a good accompaniment to those heavy holiday meals. Your tummy will thank you and so will your mouth. 

Making cranberry sauce takes only a few minutes. Now that we can readily get fresh, organic cranberries at holiday time, there really is no excuse for not making your own. (Ok, I can actually think of about 100 reasons why you might not have time to make your own, but if you do have a spare 5 minutes, do it!! 🙂 I would like to breakdown cranberry nutrition for you before we get to the recipe. As always, the printable version of the recipe is at the bottom of the post. 


Fermented Cranberry Sauce


Cranberry Nutrition:

  • Cranberries are loaded with antioxidants and are anti-inflammatory.
  • They contain vitamin C, E, and K.
  • Cranberries lower blood sugar and triglycerides.
  • They contains proanthocyanins, which keep harmful bacteria from sticking to the urinary tract.

Fermented Cranberry Sauce Recipe