Spicy Pineapple Cranberry Chutney

Spicy Pineapple Cranberry Chutney

I love cranberry chutneys! While for me it doesn’t fully replace cranberry sauce, it’s a wonderful accompaniment to your turkey dinner.  I love spreading some on top of my slices of turkey.  The probiotic yumminess and lactic acid in the ferment will help you digest this protein and fat heavy meal and tastes great at the same time.

I added a little spice to mine because I like some heat with my pineapple.  Feel free to leave out the peppers for a mild treat.

Since this is a fruit ferment, only leave it at room temp for a short time or you’ll end up with cranberry wine (is that really such a bad thing?).  It will only keep in the fridge for a few weeks so it’s not a long term storage ferment.  Try to eat it up within a month of making it and if you can’t eat it, freeze it.

If you’re using a fresh pineapple, save the top (see below) and the core.  I’ll be sharing a recipe tomorrow for kombucha using the pineapple core.

Spicy Pineapple Cranberry Chutney

In a food processor or by hand, roughly chop cranberries.  If modifying for GAPS, heat honey up to 160F and immediately remove from heat.  Cool down to room temp before adding to chutney mixture.
In a large bowl, mix everything together well.
In a 1L Pickl-it jar, pack chutney in tight.  I use a rolling pin but a kraut pounder or a wooden spoon will work as well.
Set in a warm, dark location for about 1-2 days depending on the temperature in your house.  I leave it out just long enough for it to start to get active and then I put it in the fridge.  A short ferment keeps it from turning alcoholic.
Chutney will keep in the fridge for 3-4 weeks.  You can freeze any extra.
 Spicy Pineapple Chutney

Save your pineapple top to plant!  This has been on my list of things to try for a long time and I’m finally trying.  It’s super easy to do and is a great experiment for kids.

I followed the directions from You Grow Girl.  Simply pull the top of your pineapple off.  I normally twist my pineapple tops off but I cut if off this time just because I wasn’t sure if the twist would hurt it.  Cut off all the fruity meaty part or it will just rot in the soil.  Start pulling off the lower leaves of the pineapple top and you should start seeing root buds.

Plant a Pineapple Top

It freaked me out at first because I thought they were worms.  Haha!  I’ll set this aside for a few days to dry out and then pop it in a pretty pot.  I’ll keep you posted on how well it grows in North Dakota.

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