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Fermented Raspberries

This fermented raspberries recipe makes a great summer drink with a big splash of sparkling wine or soda water or both. It’s also great to dress up a fruit salad or to finish a sauce for game meats.

Use an old 300 ml (10½ fl oz) jam jar


  • 250 g (9 oz/2 cups) raspberries
  • 1 tablespoon raw (demerara) sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water

Note: You can use any type of berry here, not just raspberries.


  1. Put all the ingredients into a bowl and smash together into a big, bright mess. Pour into a sterilised jam jar, cover with muslin (cheesecloth) or a clean kitchen cloth held in place with a rubber band or string, and leave for 2–3 days out of direct sunlight until bubbly and fermented, giving it a mix each day.
  2. Store the purée in the fridge in an airtight container where it will keep for 2 weeks.

Images and recipes from The Natural Cook by Matt Stone (Murdoch Books) photography by Mark Roper RRP $39.99 available now in all good bookstores.


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