Spiced Plum Chutney

Spiced Plum Chutney

This delicious recipe was sent to us by Michael Murray, a member of our Kilner club. If you would like to join sign up here: http://www.kilnerjar.co.uk/KilnerClub

Storage: 6 months

Makes 2kg

Ingredients

1kg plums, halved, stoned and finely chopped

3 onions, finely chopped

100g dried cranberries or raisings roughly chopped

1 tbsp finely grated ginger

1tbsp black mustard seeds

1 tbsp ground cumin

1tbsp paprika

1tsp chilli flakes

750ml red wine vinegar

500g light muscovado sugar

Method:

1. Mix all of the ingredients apart from the sugar together in a big pan and bring to the boil.

2. Once boiling, reduce the heat, cover the pan and simmer for ten minutes to tenderise the plums

3. Add 2 tsp salt and the sugar and mix well to dissolve.

4. Keep the pan uncovered and boil the mixture for 25-30 minutes stirring every so often to avoid it sticking to the pan.

5. Add a punnet of stoned & quartered plums to the mixture & simmer for ten minutes to tenderize the plums.

6. Pour the chutney into warm sterilised jars and seal. Make sure the chutney is stored for at least 2 weeks before opening.

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Preserving Can Cut Food Bills

Fruit and vegetables are eating into our food bills.

Health experts have been encouraging families to eat their five a day for years, but food bills don’t make this an easy task. In an attempt to live a healthy lifestyle most families in the UK spend half their annual food bill on fruit and veg alone.

Fresh fruit and vegetables are often more expensive to buy than their tinned and frozen alternative, and tend to go bad within a couple of days, adding to household food waste.

For families, this waste of money is not a risk they’re willing to take. With children particularly picky when it comes to food, there must be a solution to eating healthy and cutting cost.

Traditional methods of food preservation allow families to preserve fresh food and make delicious jams, pickles or chutneys. This can considerably reduce household food waste and help families maintain a healthier lifestyle while keeping an eye on their food bills. By investing in reusable airtight glass jars, such as Kilner jars, families can save fresh produce to enjoy at a later date.

Food doesn’t have to be bought at the supermarket. Many people spend time picking hedgerow fruit from country lanes such as blackberries. This can be a fun family activity and be very rewarding.

When it comes to food, eat healthy and preserve.

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