Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Green Tomato Chutney - Use What You've Got, Day 52

A few days ago, I trimmed all our tomato plants back to the new growth. This meant harvesting the last of the original crop of tomatoes, most of which were still green.
Since I'd never had so many green tomatoes before, I had to have a search around for suggestions and recipes for what to do with them.  I decided on this green tomato chutney - based on this recipe I found on instructables.

I used:
500g green tomatoes
1 onion
1 tsp salt
200ml malt vinegar
50g sultanas
100g soft brown sugar
ground pepper.

First I chopped the tomatoes and onions as finely as I could.

I then mixed this with the salt and left it in a bowl overnight. This is apparently to draw out some of the liquid and to enhance the flavour.

The next day, I dissolved the sugar in the vinegar by heating them in a large pan. Then I added the sultanas, ground pepper and the drained tomato and onion mixture.

Once this was boiling, I lowered the heat and simmered it all for 2 hours, stirring occasionally. This is how it looked after that.

It was enough for 2 small jars:

I'm so pleased with how it turned out. I love the flavour in a sandwich with a little tasty cheese!

This is my first time making chutney - but I don't think it will be my last!

Have you made chutney before? Do you have any good recipes to share?

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