Saturday, September 28, 2013

Apple Raisin Chutney

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I'm all set for a canning and freezing marathon, but our local strawberries are still a few days short of prime. To keep myself focused, I decided to put by a few jars of apple chutney that I anticipate will be lovely for glazing meats, and spreading on the Indian breads I experimented with this morning. If you like chutney, you'll love this recipe. It produces a dark, glossy spread with a curry flavor and a jam-like texture. The choice of curry, hot or not, is up to you. I make this in small quantities because the ingredients need to make it are always available, and that makes bulk storage and a canning orgy unnecessary. While this is really easy to prepare, there is some chopping involved and you'll have to carefully watch the chutney as it cooks to avoid it burning. If it catches on you'll have to pitch the entire batch. This chutney is less viscous than the mango chutneys that are commercially available, so don't panic when you see how thick this is. That's as it should be. I refrigerate or freeze the jars I make, but if you wish, they can be processed in a boiling water bath for long term shelf storage. The chutney will keep for three weeks in the refrigerator and for up to six months in the freezer. Here's the recipe.

Apple Raisin Chutney...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite, inspired by Nancie McDermott


4 cups peeled, cored and chopped cooking apples (i.e. Golden Delicious or Granny Smiths)

1/2 cup water

1 cup finely chopped onions

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1 can (14.5-oz.) peeled, chopped tomatoes, undrained

3/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1 cup dark raisins

1/2 cup golden brown sugar

2 tablespoons curry powder

2 teaspoons mustard seeds

1/2 teaspoon salt


1) Place apples in a 3-quart pan with water. Cover pan. Bring to a gentle boil over medium heat. Simmer for 20 minutes or until apples are soft.

2) Meanwhile, combine onions, garlic, tomatoes, vinegar, raisins, sugar, curry powder, mustard seeds and salt in another heavy bottomed saucepan. Stir to mix well.

3) Mash apples and add to mixture in saucepan. Mix well. Bring to a rolling boil over medium-high heat. Stir well, reduce heat and simmer gently for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Stir pot often, being sure scrape bottom of pan to discourage sticking. Chutney is done when it is a th. Remove from heat. Cool to room temperature. Transfer to lidded jars or freezer containers. Chutney will keep in refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. It will keep in freezer up to 6 months. Yield: 4 1/2 pints.

You might also enjoy these recipes:

Fresh Mango Chutney - One Perfect Bite

Balsamic Onion Marmalade - One Perfect Bite

Tomato Jam - One Perfect Bite

Crock-Pot Dried Apricot Jam - One Perfect Bite

Spicy Tomato Chutney - Beck and Posh

Homemade Mango Chutney - Simply Recipes

Apricot Jalapeno Chutney - eCurry

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