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Chutney In The Raw

Courses: Starters and appetizers

Recipe Ingredients

500   Stoneless dates
500   Apples
500   Onions
500   Sultanas
500   Brown sugar
600   Vinegar
5   Salt
5   Cayenne pepper
15   Pickling spices - tied in a muslin bag
10   Ginger

Recipe Instructions

1. Mince the dates, apples and onions and place in a large pan.

2. Add the sultanas and stir in the sugar.

3. Add all the other ingredients and stir well, but make sure the bag of spices and the ginger are identifiable.

4. Leave for 24 hours but stir occasionally (once every 4 hours or so).

5. Remove the bag of spices and ginger.

6. Bottle and store in a coolish place.

7. Eat.

Author's Notes: This recipe filtered down to me through a grapevine of neighbours. You will need a supply of jam-jars, jam-jar covers and a large pan to keep the ingredients in.

I sometimes use currents in place of the stoneless dates, in which case you don't need to mince them. If the mixture appears too liquid after the 24 hour standing time, it is worth draining off some of the vinegar before bottling. The beauty of this recipe is that you don't have a vast pot of strange things bubbling away on the stove for hours. A big win!

Julian Onions University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK.


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