It is almost apple season which I enjoy...we have two apple trees but the birds usually get them before we do. We have a local apple orchard we visit every year. We usually bring home a few baskets full and then I set up the kitchen to make apple chutney. Here is my recipe for Apple Chutney. It is so good on ham!
2 1/2 lbs green apples (chopped) (leaving the skins on)
1 small bulb garlic (chopped)
4 cups malted vinegar
1 pounds dates (chopped)
a small stem of ginger (chopped)
2 1/2 cups raisins
2 cups brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon salt
In a large pan place apples and enough vinegar to cover apples...gently boil until soft.
Place chopped dates and ginger and garlic.... after apples have soften up a bit. Then place the rest of the ingredients stirring well.
Simmer for about 45 minutes...spoon in to warm sterilized jars and then seal jars. (check in your hot water baths instruction guide on the set timing for chutneys)
* A reminder on how to sterilize preserves in a water bath.... ( always make sure you use clean undamaged jars) (keep jars full of hot water before placing warm preserves in them)
1. Use a special sterlizing pan or a large sause pan. I line mine with a a folded cloth to keep my jars from banging against each other.
2. Place jars with lids fasten in the pan and I fold the cloth around each jar to prevent them from touching.
3. I then fill the pan with cold water to cover jars...at least 1 inch over the jars. I simmer for the required time.
4. Once the sterilizing time is complete and the jars have cooled check seal. Store in cool dark place.