Ingredients / Shopping List
800ml malt vinegar500g soft brown sugar300g sultanas or raisins2kg green tomatoes600g apples400g onions2 sticks cinnamon1 star aniseSalt Black pepper
Prep to Cook: Jam pan or very large deep sided pan, long handles spoon, vegetable knife, peeler, chopping board, measuring jug, teaspoon, 5 – 6 jam jars, labels
Prep: In the jam pan:
Homemade chutney makes good use of seasonal fruits. It is cheaper than bought chutney. It is a good group ‘cooking’ activity because the chopping and dicing can be shared!
Cooks Know How: Preserving is a way of utilising abundant fruits and preventing waste. In chutney the vinegar and sugar are the ingredients that must be there for their function as preservatives. The malt vinegar is acid and makes the pH of the chutney too low for the growth of any microbes. The sugar not only sweetens the mixture but also holds the juices from the fruits, making them unavailable for microbial growth. The boiling process ensures everything is softened, tenderised and reduced to a chutney texture. Salt also helps to preserve the chutney. It is a simple, effective way to make an accompaniment for cold meats, cheeses and curries. Always put a date on the chutney and use it before the next seasonal gathering of green tomatoes.