Friday, 4 November 2011

Green Tomato Chutney

  • 2½ kg green tomatoes
  • 500g onions
  • 1 rounded tbsp salt
  • 500g sultanas
  • 500g cooking apples
  • 500g light muscovado sugar
  • 1.14 litre jar spiced pickling vinegar 
This was the first year i was any where near being successful with my tomato plants bearing fruit.  On the last attempt the plants barely grew, due to it being too hot in my last flats balcony... more like i was too lazy to water them.  but this year i got a few red ones, which myself and my little nephew Oscar ate directly off the plant.  This was only due to the unusual heat wave we had in October.
Now it is the beginning of November and now the days are drawing darker and colder, i have given up on there being another heatwave to turn these sorry green tomatoes red.  So i made green tomato chutney to use them all up.

The night before, i slices the tomatoes and onions and left them over night with a table spoon of salt, now my fridge stinks of onion.... any ideas on how to get rid of the smell?

The next day i drained but not rinsed the onion and tomatoes.  Then put the vinegar and sugar and a low heat for 10 minutes until all the sugar had dissolved.

Now my kitchen is stinking of vinegar!  I then chopped the apple and sultans.

Added them to the pan and simmered for ten minutes..

Add the tomatoes and onion and simmer for an hour, stirring occasionally.

Once cooked empty to sterilized jam jars, make sure the lids are coated in plastic or the vinegar will corrode the metal.  

Leave to cool and thicken, for about a day

Now its ready add to your favorite strong cheddar cheese in a sandwich, enjoy!

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