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Preserve-making with Anorak

Posted: Mon Oct 31, 2011 14:27
by humblebee
I'm going to have a go at plum and apple chutney this afternoon. I thought I'd give this recipe a go. Do any of you have any final words of advice before I embark upon this risky enterprise?

Re: Preserve-making with Anorak

Posted: Mon Oct 31, 2011 14:44
by Nicole Diver
I'm going to make this chutney http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/ ... to-recipes tomorrow. Mostly due to the fact that a lot of my tomatoes didn't ripen and I have a lot of green tomatoes I don't know what to do with. I have no tips however as it is also my first foray into chutney making. I made some jam once and it was pretty simple though.

Re: Preserve-making with Anorak

Posted: Tue Nov 01, 2011 22:51
by Nicole Diver
I have just finished the chutney (making it, not eating it) and it was pretty straightforward. Don't know how it tastes yet though...

Pete, how did yours go?

Re: Preserve-making with Anorak

Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2011 11:25
by humblebee
It was fun to make and it looks a fabulous colour. It might be a bit on the runny side though. I didn't want to keep reducing it all day though cos the plums would've just completely disintegrated and I wanted to keep some texture. Hmmm. Cornflour...?

And I'm worried it might come out too sweet. The recipe said leave it a month before you eat it, to take the edge off the vinegar. But I tried a bit before putting it in the jars and it didn't seem too sour.

Still, first attempt and all that, eh. Let us know how yours tastes, when you try it!

I might do a bit of that green tomato one too - a few of my tomatoes are left unripe as well.

Chutney is the new rock and roll, by the way, just to clear that up.

Re: Preserve-making with Anorak

Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2011 11:59
by Silver Girl
I'd definitely give it time to settle and think about thickening up a bit. I used to make a lot of chutney, until I realised I had a larderful because no bugger eats it...

Re: Preserve-making with Anorak

Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2011 14:38
by humblebee
Oooh, does it thicken up while it's settling? That'd be good!

I bloody love chutney and anyone who doesn't is an incorrigible rapscallion.

Re: Preserve-making with Anorak

Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 14:37
by Silver Girl
Today I am making grape jelly.
With grapes.
From my garden!

Re: Preserve-making with Anorak

Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 16:01
by humblebee
Silver Girl wrote:Today I am making grape jelly.
With grapes.
From my garden!
:O

IS THAT A THING?

Re: Preserve-making with Anorak

Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 17:14
by Silver Girl
You bet your sweet bippy it is....they're very small and have pips in (duh - if you're going to plant a grape vine, why not put in a seedless one???) but they've ripened well and I got just over a lb.

Re: Preserve-making with Anorak

Posted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 14:13
by Silver Girl
I made marmalade again this weekend.
And for the nth year in a row, it did not bloody set.