Here in the Pacific northwest, it’s easy for home cooks to run into the delightful problem of having more apples than we know how to manage. What comes out of this is lots of new cooking adventures and lots of new apple-based foods like apple cider vinegar, apple pie, hard apple cider and now, here for your pleasure, apple chutney.
One of my favorite kitchen companions is a book called Preserving Food Without Freezing or Canning, which is put together by a home gardening and cooking magazine in France called Terre Vivante. The authors of the recipes are French-dwelling home cooks, and some of the recipes are traditional ones, passed down through the generations via oral tradition and informal apprenticeships. I’ve happily found that many of the recipes in the book are lower in sugar than contemporary home preserving recipes, which adds to my admiration for the book.
The recipe included here is adapted from the one for apple chutney provided in Preserving Food Without Freezing or Canning, and results in a tart, spiced chutney, that is excellent as a condiment on grilled meats, in egg tacos, in a party spread with a soft cheese, or on sandwiches. This chutney also makes a fabulous wintertime gift especially when it’s packaged with thoughtful personalized labels.
- 2 lbs apples, peeled, cored and sliced
- 1 lb onions, chopped
- 1 cup apple cider vinegar
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- ½ tsp salt
- mustard, cloves, ginger, pepper, cayenne, to taste
- In a large pot, heat the apples and onions until they become soft. Add the vinegar, sugar, salt and spices and continue to cook to reduce, approximately 1-2 hours.
- Place hot chutney into scalded glass jars with boiled, sealable lids. Screw on lids and set the jars of chutney on a dry towel to cool. Enjoy your tangy chutney within a year. Makes great gifts!
Used In This Project:
More Edible Gift Ideas:
Honey Maple Granola with Pecans Spiced Chai Concentrate Salted Caramels Roasted Heirloom Tomato Pizza Sauce
Shop Our Food/Craft Collection: