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Contest-Winning Winter Fruit Chutney Recipe

Contest-Winning Winter Fruit Chutney Recipe

The pairing of sweet and tart fruits makes this chutney a wonderful accompaniment for pork. Not only is it a consistent blue-ribbon winner at fairs, it's a natural way to capture the best of autumn's harvest in a jar.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 20 min. YIELD:32 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cider vinegar
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 medium ripe unpeeled pears, finely chopped
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 large tart unpeeled apple, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried currants

Directions

  • 1. In a Dutch oven, combine the first nine ingredients. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • 2. Stir in the brown sugar, pears, cranberries, apple and currants. Return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 1 hour or until fruit is tender and mixture has thickened.
  • 3. Pour hot mixture into hot jars, leaving 1/4-in. headspace. Adjust caps. Process for 15 minutes in a boiling-water bath. Yield: 4 half-pints.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 tablespoons) equals 102 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 119 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, trace protein.