Apricot and Raisin Chutney

Title: Apricot and Raisin Chutney
Categories: Condiments, Fruits
Yield: 1 Servings

1 1/2 lb Dried apricots
1 qt Hot water
10 lg Garlic cloves
1 lg Onion — chopped fine
1 3″ piece of fresh ginger
1 1/4 c Vinegar — (see Note at
1 lb Sugar — (see Note at
1/4 ts Salt — I use at least 1
1/4 ts Cayenne
1 c Raisins

Makes 5 lbs. Rinse and put the apricots in a bowl with the hot water (I add
the juice of 1 lemon and the cut up lemon peel) Leave to soak for 4 hours.
Chop the garlic. Peel and chop the ginger. Blend the garlic and ginger
with a little of the vinegar until smooth. Put the apricots with their
soakings water, the onions, the ginger and garlic mixture into an
preserving kettle with the rest of the vinegar. Add the sugar, salt and
cayenne. Bring to a boil and simmer gently for 45 minutes, stirring
occasionally to prevent burning. Add the raisins and continue cooking
until the chutney thickens and begins to turn shiny. Pack into hot clean
jars, cover, process and cool. –Note
: I use brown sugar and regular raisins for a dark chutney – I use white
sugar and golden raisins for a golden chutney. I don’t blend the garlic and
ginger mixture – I simply mince very small or put through a garlic press.
You can substitute dried ginger for fresh ginger. Chutney is not supposed
to require a hot water bath, because of the acid level from the vinegar –
but I give it a hot water bath anyway. You can use apple cider vinegar in
this recipe. I use a gas cooktop – and I cook the simmer the mixture with a
simmer plate between the pot and the burners. Be sure you use a heavy
bottomed pan – to prevent scorching or burning. PS: I always refrigerate
the Chutney after opening the jar. “Sweet chutneys provide a delicious
finishing touch to cold cuts, cheese and salads. This slightly hot, spicy
way of dealing with dried apricots and raisins is an original and ever
popular addition to cold, simple fare? Note – I think the author meant
“traditional” –

Recipe By : Harrods book of Jams, Jellies and Chutneys

From: Ladies Home Journal- August 1991

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