Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Courgette Chutney - just one way to deal with the glut!

Hi all - by popular request here is a marvel of a recipe for dealing with the continuous spurt of zucchini.
You will need the following:

Pickling spices (coriander seeds, yellow mustard seeds, dried chillies, allspice, ginger, black peppercorns and a couple of bayleaves) * rather unhelpfully the recipe is unclear on the quantities of these - I'm guessing around a t-spoon of each unless you can buy little mixed sachets?? I have since discovered Sainsbugs do a jar of pickling spice, so maybe 2 tbsp??
700g courgettes
250g raisins
250g dried apricots
1 small green apple
250g sugar
3/4 tablespoon salt
500ml white wine vinegar (I used cider vinegar cos thats what I had in the cupboard!)

Tie spices in a muslin bag

Cut courgettes into cubes (small)

In a large preserving pan combine with all other ingredients - chuck in the spice bag (recipe states tie to the handle and dangle in ingredients, but sounds like unnecessary faff to me!) and leave for 24 hours

After said 24 hours - stir over a low heat to dissolve sugar

Cover and simmer gently for at least an hour, pressing the juices out of the spice bag from time to time until the pieces of courgette are translucent and the liquid golden and sryupy

Pour into warm sterilised jars and cover.

Credit must go to Sarah Raven for the recipe, though I did tamper with it a little!!!!!!!!!!!


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