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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Originally published as Winter Fruit Chutney in Country Woman
September/October 2002, p31
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