I found the different kinds of flies fighting over the fruit rather interesting so (you probably know me by now!) I couldn't resist taking some photos of them. If this is not your sort of thing then scroll down to the chutney making photos and the recipe! :-)
|Big fly has its head over the hole eating the flesh whilst smaller fly looks on enviously.|
|I love this pic as the big fly is kicking the blue/green bottle out the way!|
|This is one of the fruit affected by Monilinia (brown rot) - the tell tale signs of mould|
on the surface are a giveaway. No idea what this fly or any of the other flies are.
Hoverflies are more my sort of thing!
|The same two flies that were in the top photo with some healthy fruit in the background.|
Right. So if you are still with me I'll move swiftly on to chutney making!!
This recipe is adapted from a recipe called "Red Tomato and Fruit Relish" from a preserving book called "Art of Preserving" by Jan Berry. I have changed both the dried and fresh fruit and the type of vinegar, but kept her original quantities and spices, so leave the credit there for her.
Mixed Fruit Chutney
250ml cider vinegar
310g brown sugar
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
5cm piece fresh ginger, finely chopped
2 teaspoons curry powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 teaspoon celery seeds
2 teaspoons sea salt
1.5kg damsons, weight before de-stoning and roughly chopping
0.5kg apples, peeled, cored and chopped
0.5kg tomatoes, peeled and chopped
250g dates, chopped
250g dried apricots, chopped
125g golden sultanas
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
Place the vinegar and the sugar in a large, nonreactive pan over medium heat and stir until the sugar dissolves. Add the garlic, ginger, curry powder, cloves, cinnamon, pepper, mustard and celery seeds and salt. Bring the mixture to a boil and boil for 1 minute, over medium heat.
Add the remaining ingredients and return the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 2 hours or until the chutney thickens.
Ladle it into hot jars straight out of the oven which you have sterilised at 120C for half an hour and seal immediately.
The jars can be opened after 1 month.
|All the fresh and dried fruit prepared - it does take time.|
Note, there are NO critters in these damsons. I always check!
|Chutney mixture ready after 2 hours of slow simmering.|
|Finished. Just needed labelling when cold. |
Actually it's a little disappointing to only have 7 jars, but really 2 jars is enough
for me, and the rest make great gifts for friends and family!