Autumn Harvest Chutney
When apples and tomatoes meet in my kitchen in early autumn, it’s chutney cooking time!
There is a peak in the harvest season when everything comes at the same time. If you and your family grow food, it usually means spending more time in the kitchen cooking beautiful meals but also preserving some of the perishable food coming in. Chutney is a condiment I never knew much about before living in Australia. It could be just the fact there is no French word for it and that relishes and tomato sauces (ketchup type) are more of a common homemade condiment in Québec. Vinegar, sugar and spices are used in all these types of condiments as preservatives but the difference is that a chutney is chunky with a soft consistency and contains fruit. I loved the tomato and apple ones more than any other fruit chutney, and I created my own favourite one based on different recipes and other ingredients that I can easily use from the garden and are in season. It really is the taste of autumn saved in jars. After a few years of testing and tasting, here it is!
Time for some chutney • Photography © Bottle and Brush Studio 2022
The recipe is not available yet as the secret will be kept for my book, but some jar samples are available each year in my limited market collection (available at our local coop). I entered some condiments in a fun competition and exhibit to a traditional agricultural country show this year (the Batlow Show). I made a batch of this chutney just in time and won first prize for the tomato and apple chutney category, yay! This condiment is a winner for sure, we really enjoy it each year and all those jars always sell out very quickly. The recipe contains some Batlow apples and a mix of my garden produce including tomatoes, garlic and chilis. This year my batch is a little spicier as the variety of chilis that I’m currently picking are very hot. You can have this with anything to substitute ketchup (tomato sauce), like in burgers, with sausages, French fries (chips), grilled cheese, pies, etc. Spice up and colour your brunch, lunch or dinner with a spoon of this autumn harvest chutney!
A winner chutney! • Photography © Bottle and Brush Studio 2022
LOCAL PRODUCE FEATURE: You might find jars of locally made apple and tomato chutney condiments, including some limited Snowy Foodie's Autumn Harvest Chutney, on season at Local at Learmonts.
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