|Jars and jars of home-made apricot chutney!!|
|The two, rather tall, apricot trees.|
|The apricot tree, bare, after our picking spree|
|The not-yet-ripe apricots on the second tree. I feel that we made enough chutney with the first tree, so have absolutely no idea what to do with the apricots from this tree. We'll cross that bridge next week!|
100 apricots, dried or fresh (!)
1 large onion
2 cloves garlic
750 ml white wine vinegar
1.25 kg sugar
5ml cayenne pepper
30 ml ground ginger
5 ml dry mustard
|Sugar and spice and all things nice!|
1. If using dried apricots, soak overnight in cold water and cook in the same water until tender.
2. Grate or chop the onion and garlic. Boil in the vinegar for ten minutes or until tender.
3. Add the sugar, salt and spices to the apricots and cook in the vinegar mixture for 30 minutes to 1 hour until the mixture is thick enough. Stir occasionally to prevent burning and sticking to the bottom of the pot.
4. Pour the mixture into hot, clean dry jars and seal immediately. Do not allow any metal to come into contact with the chutney while cooking or storing it (except for the pot you cook it in of course (: ).
|Shortly after adding fruit and sugar to vinegar mixture.|
|About 20 minutes into cooking time. I cooked the chutney for an hour. The consistency, to my mind, is perfect. Had i cooked it any less, it would have been too runny, for lack of a better word. Not viscous enough, if u want to get technical...|
Upon tasting, the chutney is a bit too sweet for my liking, i prefer something tarter and more savoury. Instead of using white wine vinegar, i used all the left overs in my cupboard (i'm not a big salad-person, so had lots of infused etc kinds of vinegars that have been in the cupboard for years). This included powegranate vinegar, thyme-infused white balsamic etc etc. Maybe these vinegars aren't as acidic as white wine vinegar and that is why the chutney is still a bit sweetish.
The apricot flavour is fairly prominent. Still not sure how i feel about that - reminds me a bit too much of apricot jam, which is not something i would normally put on my boerewors roll (which is what we had for dinner last night... Usana pasture-fed beef boerewors... yup, it was gooood!
The merchant (aka my husband) suggested that i throw half of the jars of chutney back into a pot with some more vinegar and cook it up again to see what happens. Clever guy eh?! I might add some fresh ginger and another onion too.