Thursday, February 5, 2015
Green Tomato Challenge 2: Sweet Chutney
When I posted a picture of the green tomatoes on facebook, it invited a cooking challenge. Friend Michele suggested chutney. I liked that idea, so I threw in whatever I had in the pantry, emptying the packets:
~ approximately half cup of sultanas
~ about 1 cup of brown sugar
~ 1 cup white vinegar
~ all kinds of spices (cloves, tumeric, fennel, cumin)
~ and 1 large onion.
To match the proportions, I chose 30 green tomatoes.
Then it dawned on me that I'd like a sweet chutney, so I added a giant lump of palm sugar. (How often do I use palm sugar, anyway?)
Left everything to simmer.
Meanwhile, I boiled these glass jars and lids. While air-drying, I preheated the oven to 120 degrees Celsius. This is my first time sterilising jars -- I wanted to be doubly safe!
The reduction process took much faster than I had thought. It was looking like chutney in 20 minutes.
These jars had been oven-baked for 20 minutes. Obviously I overestimated, thinking 1 jar would hold 10 tomatoes...
Not sure what this step would be for, but it would heat up the air in the jars and thus create a vacuum seal? (Sinking that pop on the lid as it cools.)
There. All lids popped in and 100% satisfied with the experiment.
Now this is what 60 tomatoes look like. Looking forward to the next challenge.