Recipe: Lacto-fermented Pear Chutney


  • 3 to 4 pears, cored and chopped (with or without the skin, as you prefer)
  • ½ cup sun-dried raisins
  • ½ cup pecans, chopped
  • 2 tsp. sea salt
  • Juice of 1 or 2 lemons
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. grated ginger
  • ½ cup (or more) filtered water
  • 1 quart glass jar with lid, sanitized


  1. Mix chopped fruit and nuts together in a large metal bowl.
  2. Add salt, lemon juice, onion, and spices, and mix well with a wooden spoon. Allow the mixture to set undisturbed for 20 to 30 minutes. This is a good time to get your jar sanitized.
  3. Using a wooden spoon, pack the pear mixture tightly into the jar. Pound down lightly so that the chutney is compressed and the liquid rises.
  4. Add room-temperature filtered water as necessary to bring liquid level with the fruit mixture, having it all come to about 1 inch below the top of the jar.
  5. Cover with an airlock or standard disc-and-band lid. Burp standard lids regularly. Place in a location away from direct sunlight.
  6. Keep at room temperature 2 to 4 days before moving the chutney to cold storage or to the refrigerator.