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Chutney RecipeI never could work out difference betwix pickle and chutney. This recipe is as old as Methusila, that's almost as old as me, chutneys and pickle came about because in days gone by before freezers etc. the only way to keep vegetables or fruit was to store them either in clamps or boxes in frost free place. The material unfit for storage was turned into chutneys or pickles as it wouln't keep. So the recipes are not set in stone but just what was at hand on that day. 8 oz of each vegetable you are going to use. 8 oz any fruit also you are going to use. 8 oz dried fruit e.g. currants,raisens, sultanas. add all weights of combined fruit vegetables and dried fruit together and for every 16oz use 1/4 pint of malt(brown) vinegar. 8 oz sugar 1/2 oz teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 oz mustard powder 1/2 teaspoon Tumeric powder 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 level teaspoon ground cloves 4 dried peppers (cut up) Put dried fruit into a bowl and cover with some of the vinegar and leave overnight. Peel all fruit and vegetables and cut into small pieces. Put vegetables, fruit and dried fruit into big pan(I use a preserving pan that is made for the purpose) with vinegar, keeping a little of the vinugar to mix up all the spices and add this to the pan and bring to the boil. Boil on a rolling boil(this is when you cannot stir the boil out) for 30-45 minutes then add the sugar. Boil for a further 10-15 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool then pour into warm glass jars. If you are at all worried about the mixture being to hot for the glass put a stainless steel spoon in the jar prior to pouring. This works with any hot liquid. When cool put lids and labels on and store for at least 8 weeks. This will give the spices chance to work their magic. I never eat any pickle/chutney till it is at least 6 months old. In fact I am just on last jar of orange and apricot that I made in August 2005. This recipe didn't come from any book just a chutney/pickle I make every year. This means every year it is different. Posted by: sussexman (IP Logged) Date: November 12, 2008 05:33PM

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