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25/08/2009 at 09:12
rach as requested, i double the recipe and do a few batches, last time got about 6 jars worth
i've since found out you dont really need to half and stone them which is time consuming and messy, my nails were stained for a week, just put them in whole and the stone comes out when they soften. remember to remove the cinnamon and star anise before putting into jars too, i put mine in a wee muslin so its easy to find
450g/1lb red plums, halved and stoned180g/6oz caster sugar120ml/4fl oz cider vinegar1 cinnamon stick2 star anise
1. Put all the ingredients into a pan and heat gently until the sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil and simmer gently for about 20-30 minutes until the plums are tender and the liquid is syrupy. Cool and keep in the fridge. 2. Serve with cheeses or ham.
25/08/2009 at 10:27
lovely, thanks caroline!!
Im on the search for a tomatoe one now and thats my chutneys sorted, thanks x
25/08/2009 at 11:12
Makes about 1.2kgTakes 1¼-1½ hours to make, plus cooling and at least 1 month's maturing
1. Put all the ingredients, apart from the vinegar, in a preserving pan or large, deep saucepan. Add half the vinegar and season.
To sterilise jars: Wash them thoroughly in warm, clean, soapy water, drain upside down on kitchen towel and place on a baking tray in a preheated oven at 140°C/fan120°C/gas 1 for 15 minutes. Turn the oven to its lowest setting and keep the jars inside while you make the chutney.
2. Place the pan over a medium heat. Slowly bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring constantly, until the sugar has dissolved. Simmer for 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender.
3. Stir the vinegar into the chutney. Cook for a further 30 minutes, stirring often, or until thickened. If it's still runny, simmer for another 10-15 minutes.
4. Divide the hot chutney between sterilised jars and set aside to cool.
5. Place a disc of waxed paper directly onto the chutney and seal with airtight lids or Cellophane and elastic bands. Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight, for at least 1 month before eating. It will keep for up to 6 months. Chill after opening and use within 1-2 months.
25/08/2009 at 11:23
oh fab thanks hun!!!
Thats something i can do soon and put up.
Anyone know if i can just sterilise the jars in the baby steriliser? The thought of glass in the oven panics me!
25/08/2009 at 11:30
25/08/2009 at 11:56
25/08/2009 at 14:17
yeah lakeland is fab for things like that just dont leave it till too near christmas or they run out. last year my sister made cranberry gin (delicious) and had to make 3 trips to try get the bottles she needed.
the cranberry gin is super easy to make too, get a bag of frozen cranberries and defrost, drain them and add a whole bag of sugar and leave them for a month remembering to give them a shake everyday. after a month add a bottle of gin and leave for at least a month to flavour it. makes a very christmassy g&t
25/08/2009 at 21:35
Thankyou Caroline x Aren't you the christmas queen?!!!
Hampers-r-us I can see it now a nice cottage industry for you! I'm going to have a crack at both of those and the cranberry gin. You're a star x x
25/08/2009 at 22:06
26/08/2009 at 07:23
i have plums coming out my ears at the moment - its the first time that my plum tree has provided us with edible fruits!! I was happy, but after halving, stoning and freezing 3 carrier bags of plums so far i'm beginning to hate the sight of the bloomin things still loads t go.....
Great chutney recipe, I am gonna make some simple jam with mine too - just weigh the plums, soften in pan with small amount of water and add same amount of sugar to them - bubble for 10 mins, easy peesey!
26/08/2009 at 10:20
sounds lovely toes!
unfortunatly if i had a tree in my garden that would be it, its the size of a postage stamp! It was very nice of family and friends to buy jack a huge slide, water table, 2 wheelbarrows, little tike climbing cube and a tractor but now you cant get out the back door lol!
26/08/2009 at 17:08
I've had some gin flavouring for most of the year supposedly for christmas gifts but think i'll just polish the lot myself seeing as i've not been abe to drink for ages lol there's always time to knock up and batch in time for christmas
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