Probiotic Cranberry Sauce

Our recipe for probiotic cranberry sauce is ready just in time for Thanksgiving and the holidays, and who couldn't use a little does of vitamin C and probiotic Lactobacillus with holiday meals?

A couple of Thanksgivings ago, I took up the role of Cranberry Sauce Guru... It was time for my parents and grandparents to move past the high fructose corn syrup soaked cranberry jelly. With the first serving of my homemade cranberry sauce, my dad declared that there will be no other cranberry sauce allowed at family Thanksgiving except the from-scratch sauce I had made. I guess it was that delicious? 

This year I decided that I'm totally sneaking some sauerkraut brine into the sauce, because it adds tons of good-for-your-gut microbes, and you can't even tell that it is in there. The Lactobacillus species in wild fermented kraut brine are so great for healthy digestion, and they can help protect you from pathogenic microbes during cold and flu season.  The recipe I developed for my cranberry sauce is super easy with minimal ingredients. Skip the processed, refined, high fructose corn syrup laden, stuff in the can; this year try out our probiotic, delicious, homemade cranberry sauce from scratch! 

Probiotic Cranberry Sauce


  • 1/2 Cup of freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 Cup of water
  • 1/2 Cup of raw unrefined cane sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon of Agave Syrup
  • 1 Twelve ounce bag of fresh cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon sauerkraut brine from Cultured Guru Sauerkraut or homemade sauerkraut



  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the orange juice, water, sugar and honey on medium heat.
  2. Stir continuously until the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Stir in cranberries and bring to a boil. The cranberries will start to pop open. Stir continuously for about 12 minutes until the sauce is thick.
  4. Remove from heat, place in a glass bowl or serving dish, allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  5. Thoroughly stir in 1 tablespoon of sauerkraut brine.
  6. Place in refrigerator and allow to chill for two hours, or over night.
  7. Taste test and sweeten to your liking with some more honey or sugar.

We hope you enjoy this recipe and enjoy a Holiday season filled with gratitude and love!  

Peace, Love & Microbes, 

Kaitlynn Fenley