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Apple Chutney (VRP 200)

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Apple Chutney is a delightful blend of sweet, tart, and spicy flavors, making it a versatile condiment that can elevate any meal. Combining the natural sweetness of apples with the depth of tomato sauce, the richness of brown sugar, and the tang of cider vinegar, this chutney is further enhanced by the addition of raisins, red pepper, onions, and a kick of ginger. Whether you’re looking to add a zesty complement to cheese boards, sandwiches, or roasted meats, apple chutney offers a perfect balance of flavors that’s sure to impress.

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Apple Chutney

A Short History

Chutney originates from the Indian subcontinent, designed to preserve seasonal fruits and vegetables. British colonists adopted and adapted this condiment, leading to the sweet, vinegary version we’re familiar with today. Apple chutney, in particular, represents a fusion of British and Indian culinary traditions, incorporating local ingredients such as apples and cider vinegar into the traditional chutney-making process.

Tips for Making Apple Chutney

  • Choice of Apples: Use a mix of sweet and tart apples for a balanced flavor. Peeling and chopping the apples ensures they cook down well and integrate with the other ingredients.
  • Tomato Sauce Base: The tomato sauce adds a savory depth to the chutney, contrasting beautifully with the sweetness of the apples and sugar.
  • Adding Spices: Fresh grated ginger and red pepper flakes (optional) introduce a warm, spicy note that complements the sweetness of the chutney. Adjust the amount of red pepper flakes according to your heat preference.
  • Simmering: Simmering the mixture until thick allows the flavors to meld and intensify. Stirring frequently prevents sticking and ensures even cooking.
  • Preservation: Sterilizing jars and refrigerating the chutney helps preserve it, allowing you to enjoy the flavors long after apple season has passed.

Apple Chutney Recipe Card

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Apple Chutney Recipe

Apple Chutney is a testament to the art of preserving and enhancing the natural flavors of seasonal produce. Its complex flavor profile makes it a wonderful addition to a variety of dishes, offering a sweet and spicy kick that can transform any meal. Whether you’re a seasoned cook or a culinary novice, making apple chutney is a simple and rewarding process that results in a condiment you’ll be proud to share.

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Apple Chutney (VRP 200)

Ingredients

  • 5 c. peeled chopped apples (7 or 8 med)
  • 2 c. Tomato sauce
  • 1 2/3 c. firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 c. cider vinegar
  • 1 c. raisins
  • 1 sweet red pepper chopped
  • 2 med. onions chopped
  • 1 tablespoons fresh grated ginger __
  • 1 teaspoon salt - red pepper flakes if desired

Instructions

Combine all required in heavy saucepan, __ or hail stir frequently. Simmer until thick 45"-1'. Sterile jars-refrigerate.

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