How to Make Fermented Peach Chutney

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Fermented peach chutney is a great summertime condiment that compliments many dishes. Here is a simple recipe for fermented peach chutney.

Oh how I love thee fermented peach chutney!  It’s one of my absolute favorite summertime condiments.  Fermented peach chutney pairs beautifully with so many grilled meats such as pork chops, chicken and fish.  You can spread it on a piece of sourdough toast, add it to almost any type of salad or even use it as a topping on burgers. Today I’m excited to welcome back Trish Carty who is going to share her fermented peach chutney recipe. Trish is a fellow Nutritional Therapist and fermentation expert who blogs over at Keep The Beet.Here’s Trish to tell you more:Thanks again Craig for having me back!  Glad to be here and share this fun and simple recipe for a fermented peach chutney.As a pastry chef, my recipe for peach chutney was developed after many years of making different chutnies with my some of favorite fruits in season.  Of course, right NOW is the perfect time for  peach chutney!

These days I really love to utilize the art of lacto-fermentation for my preservation method.  I love the subtle tang and slight fizz created by the lactic acid.  It adds a whole new level of taste and complexity. Knowing that lacto-fermentation adds additional nutrients, enzyme activity and beneficial gut bacteria is an added bonus.

This recipe can be tweaked in many ways with different spices.  Feel free to experiment and add or subtract things based on your personal preferences.

Enjoy from Keep the Beet!

How to Make Fermented Peach Chutney


Makes about 3 cups

  • about 1 ½ lbs peaches
  • ¼ cup whey or 1 package vegetable starter culture
  • ½ cup currants
  • 1 small red-hot chili pepper, diced fine
  • 1-2 cloves garlic-crushed
  • 2 teaspoons shallots or red onion, diced fine
  • 1 teaspoon unrefined sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger grated
  • ½ teaspoon powdered ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon powdered cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup water filtered or as needed


1. Score peaches on bottom with an x mark with a knife and blanch peaches in boiling water for less than a minute. Remove immediately to an ice bath and then remove the skin.  It should peel off very easily.

2. Dice into about 1/2 inch cubes and place in a mixing bowl with the rest of ingredients. Mix well.

3. Funnel into jars and pack lightly to release the juices. Make sure everything is submerged under the liquid and leave one inch headroom between the top of the liquid and the top of the jar.

4. Place on kitchen counter for 48 hours or until it begins to activate.  Taste and place in refrigerator for up to two months.

Fermented peach chutney is a great summertime condiment that compliments many dishes. Here is a simple recipe for fermented peach chutney. Trish Carty has been a Professional Chef for over 30 years. It has been her  passion and she now incorporates nutrition and healing with foods. She leads  workshops globally and locally in the Bay area of California. She has taught fermentation classes for several years and will be teaching a week-long fermentation retreat in Costa Rica this winter. You can find the details here.

Trish is also a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, a certified GAPS Practitioner and a certified Healing Foods Specialist.  Digestion and the adrenal connection is a passion of hers, combining diet and functional medicine assessment techniques to help each client find the correct diet protocol. She is currently studying to become Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition.

You can learn more about Trish and follow her wonderful blog, Keep the Beet at

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  1. I LOVE the idea of fermented chutneys… but am allergic to dairy, so I can’t use whey. Are there any alternative fermentation methods for chutney? I’m fairly new to the fermentation world, but am loving it so far and have a fridge full of lacto-pickles right now 🙂

    • Hi Robyn, whey isn’t completely necessary. It simply acts as a starter culture to give more consistent results. Many people don’t use any whey at all. As a substitute you could use the juice from another fermented vegetable like sauerkraut or pickles. Good luck!

  2. Awesome, thanks! will try 🙂

  3. Can the peaches be frozen?

  4. Do you leave the jars uncovered on the counter and in the fridge?

    • Hi Perdita, I cover the jars when they’re on the counter and then open them once per day to let out the gasses. You could also cover it with a kitchen towel. They definitely want to be sealed when you put them in the fridge.


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