Chutneys are used in so many ways at the Hundred House, whether they’re enhancing our home made paté, giving a bit of zing to our scrumptious lunchtime sandwiches or complimenting our selection of cheeses, we love the curious combination of sweet and savoury that only a chutney can give.
Chutney makes a gorgeous gift too, and is a great way of using up a glut of apples or pears from your garden, making the most of homegrown veg, or even just taking advantage of special offers at your local greengrocer. Here are a couple of my favourites
Beetroot and Orange Chutney
- 1½ kg raw beetroot, trimmed, peeled and diced (wear gloves!)
- 3 onions, chopped
- 3 eating apples, peeled and grated
- zest and juice 3 oranges
- 2 tbsp white or yellow mustard seeds
- 1 tbsp coriander seed
- 1 tbsp ground cloves
- 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 700ml red wine vinegar
- 700g golden granulated sugar
- In a preserving pan or your largest saucepan, mix together all the ingredients well. Bring to a gentle simmer, then cook for 1 hr, stirring occasionally, until the chutney is thick and the beetroot tender.
- While the chutney is cooking, prepare your jars by running through a short hot wash in your dishwasher. Or wash thoroughly by hand, then put in a hot oven to sterilise for 10-15 mins. Once the chutney is ready, let it settle for 10 mins, then carefully spoon into the jars and seal while still hot. You can eat it straight away but it will be even better after a month. Will keep for up to 6 months in a cool dark place. Once opened, refrigerate and eat within 2 months.
Recipe from Good Food magazine
Spiced Pear Chutney
- 60ml/2¼fl oz olive oil
- 1 tsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped
- 200g/7¼oz sultanas
- 100g/3½oz raisins
- 100g/3½oz demerara sugar /or coconut sugar
- 400ml/14¼oz cider vinegar
- 100g/3½oz crystallised ginger, finely sliced
- 800g/1lb 12¼oz pears coared and cut into wedges
- ½ tsp sea salt
- ½ tsp nutmeg, freshly grated
- 2 tsp ground allspice
- 1 good pinch of saffron
Heat a large saucepan with the oil, add the rosemary, sultanas, raisins and sugar and fry them until the fruit begins to caramelise.
Pour in the vinegar and boil on a high heat for three minutes. Then add the rest of the ingredients, bring to the boil, then turn to a simmer and cook until most of the liquid has evaporated. Because of the fruit, this chutney has a tendency to stick to the bottom of the pan, so stir it well and keep an eye on it. Don’t let the pears cook too much; they should keep their shape.
Spoon it into clean hot jars, filling them as full as you can, and seal while hot. Store in the fridge.
Recipe from BBC Food
There’s just got time time to make a batch or two ready for Christmas. Alongside a Hundred House gift voucher you’ve got the makings of a perfect food lovers gift.