Green Tomato Chutney

How on earth did I get from this:

to this:

might remain a mystery for a long time unless it was a case of beginner's luck and a little pinch of mischief (well, quite a big dose of mischief) taking liberties with a recipe written by the revered old dame of preserves, Marguerite Pattern 

This Green Apple Chutney now with Lazy Ginger is just to die for. I was thinking of giving it away during the festive season but unless Christmas is bought forward by a few months, I don't fancy the chances of friends, acquaintances and these who helped with the allotment to get their hands on one of these jars. 

This chutney has a sharp taste however the vinegar comes through only slightly. The sharpness of the green tomatoes and vinegar combined is rounded by the addition of apples which are of the eating kind not the cooking one and by the fact that the sugar went in the mix from the start. Yes, you read correctly, whereas recipes usually add the sugar at the end of the process, I did at the beginning. Why? simply because I lost my concentration, realised my mistake straight away but the sugar was already sinking among the ingredients and try to fish sugar grains in the midst of chopped tomatoes, sliced onions and grated apple....

Green Tomato Chutney with Ginger
Ingredients900g green tomatoes
450g onions

1 tbsp lazy ginger +
1/2 to 1 teaspoon of ginger
450g apples (cooking) weight when peeled & cored
450ml malt (I used distilled white malt vinegar)

half to 1 teaspoon mixed spice
350g sugar
300g sultanas
salt & pepper to taste


Chop and core the  tomatoes
Chop the onions finely and dice the apples
Put all the ingredients & seasoning in a pan and bring to the boil

Simmer until tender stirring from time to time until consistency of hot jam (took about 1hour )
Spoon into hot sterilised jars and seal down with waxed circles.

It is recommended not to eat it straight away (as if you could) Leave it to mature for a month (if you can)


Janice said...

Green tomato chutney is THE BEST! Unfortunately, I no longer have a source of green toms as my husband's uncle is now in a home and no longer growing his own toms. Yours looks very tasty.

Karen S Booth said...
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Karen S Booth said...

What a wonderful and mellow looking chutney, it will be better after a month or so, chutney always matures with age and gets better, like us women!
Great recipe and this will be amazing when served with the Christmas Cheeseboard.
THANKS so much for the link to my recipe.....

PS: first post disappeared!



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