Cinnamon Apple Chutney

Fermentation is good. 🙂 When you preserve food by canning, enzymes and vitamins are lost. But, when you preserve it through lacto-fermentation, it not only increases the vitamins and enzymes, it also adds beneficial organisms that help keep our insides happy and our digestive system working smoothly. 

Cinnamon Apple Chutney by Raia's Recipes
When foods have been lacto-fermented, the minerals and vitamins released during the fermentation process begin to break down the large molecules of the foods makeup into smaller, more easily digestible ones. Therefore, eating a little bit of some fermented food per meal will help in your overall digestion and absorption of vitamins. So bring on the chutney, sauerkraut, pickles, and sourdough…. 
And, in case you are wondering, lacto-fermented has nothing to do with lactose. Even still, some lacto-fermented recipes may call for whey (like this one does), so it would not be acceptable for someone who is lactose intolerant. Please note though, that even though whey contains lactose, it does not contain casein. So you casein-free-ers are free to consume it. 🙂
Cinnamon Apple Chutney by Raia's Recipes
Recently, my friend gave me a copy of Wardeh Harmon’s book, “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Fermenting Foods.” Pretty sweet stuff. 🙂 If you’ve never heard of her book or website, GNOWFGLINS, you should check them out. This Cinnamon Apple Chutney is my adaptation of her 5-Spice Apple Chutney.
Cinnamon Apple Chutney
Free of grain, gluten, eggs & refined sugar.
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  1. 6 c. diced apples (about 5 large apples)
  2. 1 c. chopped walnuts
  3. 1/2 c. chopped dried cranberries
  4. 1/2 c. raisins
  5. 3 t. cinnamon
  6. 1 1/2 t. cloves
  7. 1 t. kosher salt
  8. 1/4 c. honey
  9. 1/2 c. whey
  10. 1 1/2 + c. water
  1. Combine everything in a large bowl.
  2. Pack into a 1 litre jar, or two quart jars, leaving at least 1 inch below the rim.
  3. Add a little more water, if necessary, to submerge the chutney.
  4. Cover tightly with lid and let stand at room temperature for 2-3 days.
  5. Transfer to fridge.
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{This recipe is shared at 100 Plus Apple Recipes and Raw Foods Thursday.}