Green tomato and apple chutney

Too many of this year’s tomatoes haven’t ripened so I’ve been making chutney. It was very simple to do.

Ingredients

  • 2lb green tomatoes – chopped
  • 2lb Bramley apples -peeled and chopped
  • 8oz sultanas
  • 8oz shallots – chopped (I used frozen ones from Waitrose – defrost and drain off the liquid). You could use onions instead.
  • 8oz soft brown sugar
  • 24 fl. oz. malt vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon mixed spice

Method

  • Heat vinegar and sugar until sugar is dissolved. 
  • Add all other ingredients
  • Boil for 10 minutes
  • Simmer for around 3 hours, stirring from time to time
  • Check consistency by drawing a spoon across the centre. If liquid forms in the channel – simmer for longer
  • Spoon into sterilised jars
  • Leave in a cool dark place for 8 weeks before eating

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14 comments

  1. It sounds delicious. I make a red tomato chutney, although I haven’t made any recently as I still have a couple of jars left from the last batch I made. I use a different recipe, which calls for ginger, garlic, mustard, chilies, and a lot more sugar! But, it is ready to eat, right away. 🙂 Enjoy your chutney when it is ready.

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  2. I used to make a lot of jams and chutneys but then a few years ago realised that I was spending a lot of time doing it, my wrists were hurting a lot for days afterwards (first signs of my arthritis) and that I was, for the main part, giving away most of the stuff I made. That, plus one memorable really hot late summer week when I came down to the kitchen pre work at 5.45 every day, and found the house STILL smelling like a fish and chip shop from the vinegar, made me stop and give all my preserves kit away. Now I just cheat every so often and buy nice chutneys and jams lol.

    BTW – thanks for the door info, much appreciated. Didn’t get back earlier as given the good weather forecast we just took off for a couple of days. No internet access or phone signal. Like the old days, we had to walk to a phone box. Bliss.

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    • And I mostly cheat too, Savannah! It’s ages since I made a new chutney until now. I had the extractor hood over the cooker on full speed for three hours because, yes it can smell pretty awful when you’ve been boiling vinegar. Fortunately it seems to work.

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  3. It looks as if I’m going to have plenty of left over green tomatoes this year so may very well make cutney. I hope you don;t mind but I’ve prited off your recipe – it looks delicious. Thanks
    xx

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    • You’re very welcome, Joy! It’s one that was in my recipe notebook. Been there for years and I have no idea where it originally came from but I made it in the past and it tastes okay !

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  4. Oh, those look amazing! I don’t have any jars otherwise I might be tempted even though I’ve never in my life made chutney! Nor do I think we have sufficient green tomatoes to make an amount worth making, if that makes sense!
    Margaret P

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    • Total sense. I can’t se why it wouldn’t work with red ones, though the sugar would need to be reduced as they’d be sweeter. I had a lot of jars but gave them away last year as I hadn’t made chutney for ages. Typical. This is my full complement now – which miraculously was just the right amount for what I’d made!

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  5. I used to make Green Tomato Chutney and it was my favourite of all chutneys. It was a recipe given to me by my MIL which included more or less the same as yours with the addition of dates. I miss making it.

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