Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Plum Chutney Recipe

3 lb. blue Italian plums, sliced
1.5 lb. apples, cored & chopped small
3 small hot peppers, seeded & chopped small
1 Tbsp each of powdered ginger, whole allspice, mustard seed, and cloves
2 cups cider vinegar
2 cups brown sugar

Mix all ingredients in large pot. Simmer until very thick -- around 1 to 2 hours (varies depending on the fruit). Store in jars, refrigerated. Mellow for 2 weeks before serving -- the taste really changes with age.

I have made this recipe many times, using local ingredients from the Ann Arbor Farmers' Market. It is delicious with lamb, chicken, or any type of curry. I like to make chutney, and I love the result, but as an additional benefit, it's a much more cost-saving use of time than just canning fruit. A can of plums or peaches costs less than you spend to make home-canned fruit (though may not be as good) but a jar of home-made chutney involves considerably less cost than a jar of store-bought chutney.


Tea said...

Thanks for the link to this post! Your chutney recipe sounds delicious--and I will definitely try using apple cider vineagar and brown sugar next time.

Judee@gluten Free A-Z Blog said...

I haven't seen those little plum tomatoes in a long time. They bring back memories of when I was growing up in New Jersey where they used to sell them by the basket at the local farmer's market. Sounds like a wonderful recipes

Beth F said...

Your recipe sounds a little sweeter than the one I use. Though I'm sure the addition of apples gives it a good flavor.

Carole said...

I like that this chutney doesn't have onion or garlic. Will pin this to try when plums are plentiful. Have a great week. Cheers from Carole's Chatter

(Diane) bookchickdi said...

i love plums, this recipe looks so interesting.