|Peach Chutney - Base Ingredients:|
5# Peaches, pitted & halved*
2.5 c (10 oz) chopped red bell pepper
3 c (10 oz) chopped white onion
2.5 oz chopped garlic
4 oz chopped fresh ginger (mince very fine or pulse in food processor)**
1/2 stick Ceylon cinnamon
2.25 c apple cider vinegar
Combine ingredients in pot and turn on med-low. Pick a variation or make your own.
*You might want to crush the peaches or coarsely chop them. If they are really ripe, you can just mash them with your hands. I didn't peel the peaches, and for the underripe peaches, this resulted in some skins floating up and looking unattractive. With ripe peaches, skins/fuzz cook down nicely.
**The minced ginger still looks pretty chunky in my dark chutney; I might recommend pulverizing the heck out of it in a food processor or blender, or using preserved chopped ginger in a jar if you want it to really blend into the chutney.
|Variation 1: Smoky Peach Chutney||Variation 2: Light Peach Chutney|
| 4 oz chopped dried figs|
1 tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp brown mustard seed
1/4 - 1/2 oz dried chipotle peppers*
1/4 tsp cardamom seeds
1.5 c Sucanat or Rapadura sugar
1.5 c dark brown sugar
Added 1# chopped peaches.
*Recommend putting the chipotle peppers in whole so that they are easier to extract. The chutney is pretty smokin' right now, and I am taking out pepper pieces so that it doesn't get too hot for anyone other than me and my crazy friends to eat.
| 4 oz chopped dates|
2 tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp fenugreek
1 T red pepper flakes
2 tsp cardamom seeds
2 c unrefined cane sugar
1 c dark brown sugar
1/2 c rapadura
The onions and everything cooked down a lot nicer in the light chutney. The dark chutney is very chunky. I think I am going to be up for a while to let it simmer down more, rest it on the stove overnight and simmer more tomorrow.
Update: the chutneys both look really good and taste good. They will have to wait until this afternoon to get put into jars.
Update (2): the ginger softened quite a lot during the day, so I imagine after ripening in the jars, everything will be pretty soft. I adjusted the sugar (already reflected above).
Variation 1: Smoky Peach Chutney
1 - 12 oz
10 - 8 oz
6 - 4 oz
Variation 2: Light Peach Chutney
9 - 8 0z
6 - 4 oz
I'm out of small jars! I have a few 12 oz, and all the rest are pint and quart size. Tomorrow I'll do up the remaining peaches as Peach Jelly and it will all be in big jars. Family size.