Every year, there is one or two members of my family that like the Ocean Spray Jellied Cranberry Sauce. Every 1/4 cup of this stuff has 110 calories, 24 grams of sugar, less than a gram of fiber and no protein. But cranberries are good for you, right?
Yes. Can you really call this canned delicacy cranberry?
Not really. So, what is a family to do?
Make chutney. Homemade chutney has less sugar, more fiber, and more vitamins and minerals. For probiotic benefits, ferment it.
Perfect. How the heck do you do that? Being this is the first time I’ve ever made chutney, I decided to find a recipe from Cultures for Health. You can find the recipe HERE.
At least 3 days before the big day, make the chutney. I didn’t add the raisins, because I don’t like them. Here is the nutritional run down per 1/4 cup: 53 calories, 11 grams of sugar, 1.8 grams fiber, 0.4 grams protein.
How does it taste? I like it. The true test was with my family. Everyone said it was, “different.” The only one who actually liked it was my mom and me. Goal achieved! In the future, I will only make a half batch of this. Here is the recipe I modified from the original.
1.5 cups fresh cranberries
1/2 cup green apples, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup yellow onion, diced
1/2 cup dates, pitted and chopped
1/2 celery, chopped
1/2 cup water
2 Tbsp raw honey
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp ginger
1/8 tsp ground cloves
2 Tbsp Strawberry Acai Coconut Kevita (or homemade water kefir)
In a sauce pot, add all ingredients except water kefir. Bring to a boil on medium heat, then reduce heat to low and cook down to make a thick “salsa” consistency. Take off heat and cool to room temperature. In a clean one quart mason jar, add chutney and water kefir. Stir to combine and tightly secure lid. Leave on the counter or in a cabinet for 2 days then refrigerate overnight before serving.