Thursday, 3 November 2016

Culinary Conserves.



My excess Green Peppers have now been confined to the freezer. They were cored, de-seeded, and cut into strips. These were laid on grease-proof paper and popped into the freezer. I shall do another lot tomorrow. It seems to have worked very well, and the pieces are all conveniently separate; ready to be bagged.

I shall do the same with my long thin (mild) Peppers, and the Chillies.

The (James Martin's) Green Tomato Chutney was a real success; it was very simple to make, and is delicious. The only thing that I didn't like was the slightly over-chunkiness of it. 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/green_tomato_chutney_41573

I still have loads of green Tomatoes, so I decided to make more with exactly the same recipe, but having GRATED the Tomato and Onion rather than chopping them.


I think it's an improvement, as the finished Chutney is much smoother, and more 'spreadable' whilst still being slightly coarse. I suppose it depends on what you like.

We seem to have an awful lot of conserves this year; better that than too little.




16 comments:

  1. That recipe looks nice and easy. I might give it a try if I ever stay in France late enough in the year to get any green tomatoes.

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    1. I do like it when simple things turn out to be good. This is a classic example.

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  2. This reminds me of Aesops fable, 'the grasshopper and the ant' :)
    Greetings Maria x

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    1. I do have an Ant-ish attitude towards preservation for Winter.

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  3. We have loads of green tomatoes so I'll try your recommendation. All the James Martin recipes I have tried have been very good so far.

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    1. I agree. Lady Magnon does all our cakes etc, and uses his recipes regularly. They're always good.

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  4. My first thought was " how on earth do you grate a tomato", but I then realised they are green ones you are processing, so it probably works up to a point! I was going to try green tom chutney this year, but the plants got blight before I got round to it.

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    1. Lady Magnon suggested I use the grating attachment on the mixer, but it wasn't too lengthy by hand. I have a good grater.

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  5. I like the sound of the spreadable one - as a child I used to adore it just spread on bread and butter. My mouth is watering as I write this all those years later.

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    1. So often chutneys get moved to the back of the cupboard or fridge, then thrown away years later, but this one disappears quite quickly. A good sign.

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  6. Your family eats very well! Lucky them.

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    1. I see no point in depriving ourselves!

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  7. When my brothers were at kindergarten in the 1950s my mother used to make chutney and then give them chutney sandwiches for their lunch boxes. Like Weave, I still like chutney sandwiches, or the thought thereof.

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    1. A good Chutney should be good enough to eat by itself. Your mother must have made good Chutney.

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  8. Cro, this sounds so good. I love chutneys and would like to try this one. But I only had one tomato plant this year and I ate them all ripe.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. I'm only making mine because I hate to throw them away. They're all starting to go off now, so I did it just in time.

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