Learning to preserve 1: Apple and Tomato Chutney

I’m back from my holiday to miserable weather and masses of fresh fruit and veg from the garden and I’m suddenly getting the urge to squirrel away food for winter! My Mum has always made preserves and pickles, and I thought it was about time I learned how to do it too. I have some big plans, but as I’d never done it before I have a bit of a learning curve so I thought I’d start with something relatively simple.

We have five apple trees in our garden, all of which have had massive crops this year, so apples were the obvious starting point. I decided to make some chutney, using a recipe from a Reader’s Digest book we have which must be older than myself.

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So, apple and tomato chutney it was!

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The verdict: full disclosure, I don’t actually like chutney, but when I tried it, it tasted mostly like ketchup. We’ll see how it tastes in a couple of weeks though. As for the actual process, I got a bit fed up and bottled it when it was still a bit runny but I don’t suppose that matters. Unfortunately, I don’t think I did the jarring quite right as only one of the jars seems to have sealed properly. We’re sending that one to my Grandma and putting the other ones in the fridge.

For a first attempt, I think it was alright. Hopefully I can perfect my jarring technique and get proper seals next time! I’ll update on the taste when it has matured a little!

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