If you’re lucky enough to have your own apple tree(s) don’t let the fruit fall and rot on the ground. Pick carefully, store in a frost free place or be creative and get cooking. When Mother Nature supplies such abundance for the birds and we humans, let us enjoy and make the most of such a harvest.
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Here is one way to use those wonderful fruits in the meantime…
Curried Apple Chutney
- 4 cups cider or white vinegar
- 10 cups chopped, cored apples, peeled or unpeeled
- 4 1/2 cups raisins
- 3 cups loosely packed brown sugar
- 3/4 cup chopped onions (about 1 large)
- 1 cup chopped red pepper
- 3 tbsp yellow mustard seeds
- 2 tbsp ground ginger
- 2 tsp ground allspice
- 2 heaped tsp curry powder
- 1 tbsp fresh ginger, chopped
- 3 large cloves garlic, minced
- 4 medium jalapeno peppers, chopped, ribs removed, partially seeded as desired (always wear gloves!)
- 2 tsp sea salt
Measure vinegar into a large, stainless steel saucepan
Add raisins, sugar, onions and red pepper to apples. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and boil gently, stirring frequently until fruit has softened and liquid thickened, about 30 – 60 minutes.
Add mustard seeds, ginger, allspice, curry, salt, jalapeno and garlic. Boil gently, stirring frequently, until thick enough to mound on a spoon, about 30 minutes.
Fill sterilized jars, leaving 1/2-inch headspace.
Chutney will last at least 1 year stored in a cool, dark place. Opened chutney seems to last indefinitely in my refrigerator, although we may just eat it too quickly!
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