Thursday, 5 February 2009

Credit crunch cooking - orange chutney

Not quite a self-sufficiency story but a good use of leftover food nonetheless. I had some oranges that had not been used and clearly they were getting on a bit. I also had a couple of aging limes and a couple of clementines. So, instead of putting them in the compost bin, this is what I did.

5 old oranges, 2 old limes and 2 old clementines, along with the peel of 3 clementines, chopped finely.

250 ml of white wine vinegar

half a teaspoon of all spice

200g of sultanas

4 cinnamon sticks

300g demerera sugar

All all the ingredients other than the sugar to the jam pan.

Leave to simmer for about half an hour, until everything is soft.

Add the sugar and continue to simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring regularly.

Remove the cinnamon sticks and add to warmed jars.

My expectation is that this chutney will go well with smoked fish such as mackeral, and possibly with cold meats such as ham.

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