Apricot chutney

Apricot chutney

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Our good friend Dave the engineer helped out on this one not only providing delicious ripe central Otago apricots but also the recipe. I was in dire need of his help too as I tried to cheat with the first batch and used less than ripe apricots. What a mistake that was. The effect reminded me of when my great-grandma used to take out her false teeth to make us kids giggle, pure mouth sucking in sourness.

Ingredients

-- 3 kg apricots, stoned and chopped 1 kg onions, finely chopped 4 large apples, chopped 6 tsp salt 1kg brown sugar 7 cups malt vinegar 3 Tbsp whole cloves 3 Tbsp whole allspice 3 Tbsp whole black peppercorns 1 tsp cayenne pepper

Method

-- 1. Combine all of the ingredients in a large pot and bring to a rolling boil, then reduce to a simmer for an hour and a half. 2. Strain through a sieve. Alternatively wrap spice in muslin before cooking and puree the sauce in a blender when the cooking is done. This will make a thicker sauce. 3. Bottle as desired and wait a while to serve, the flavours develop and acidity reduces over time.
 


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