I don’t know about any of you gardener’s out there but the Tomatoes have taken a while to ripen here in the UK at least.. Due to it not being a very warm Summer. The tomatoes which grew in the ground in the allotments were gathered up and I used some to make chutney with
An Ideal job on a rainy day, to spend it in the kitchen .
So I thought I would share a very simple recipe with you all.
You will need.
3lb-1-5kg of Green Firm Tomatoes- ( do not use damaged or soft ones )
1lb-450g of Cooking Apples
1lb-450g Red Onions, peeled and chopped
1 head of celery chopped. ( discard the small leaves or save for soups or salads )
1 green jalapeño chilly pepper, de-seeded and chopped
2-3 large cloves of garlic peeled and chopped
1 and Half pounds -700g of Demerara Sugar
1 teaspoon of coriander seeds, lightly pounded
1 quarter of a pint- 150ml of water
1pint-600ml of Malt Vinegar
4 tablespoons of Balsamic Vinegar
11 ounces-300g Raisins.
Rinse and chop the tomatoes, put into a preserving pan. Peel and core the apples, chop them and add to the pan along with the chopped red onions and garlic.
Trim the celery, discarding leaves, and add to the pan with the chopped chilli ( I didn’t have any green jalapeño chilly pepper, so I omitted it. But I did have some chilli flakes so I added these to the coriander seeds which should be placed in a small muslin bag tied tight with string, which is then secured to the pan handle. )
Stir in the Sugar, add the water, place over a gentle heat and cook until the tomatoes and apples have collapsed. The recipe said for about 30 minutes it depends I guess on how the heat is… I cooked for 40 minutes before they softened.. ( Remember to Stir at regular intervals to stop it sticking)
After the 30 minutes or so then add both lots of vinegars and the raisins.. return to the boil, remembering to stir, and reduce heat again and simmer for 35 to 40 minutes until the chutney consistency is reached. (Don’t forget to stir during this simmer time, I left mine a little longer between stirring and just got to it in time as the raisins started to stick, another couple of minutes and they would have burned! ) .
Cool slightly and discard the coriander seeds. Then pot into sterilised Jars and label as normal..