Jani Huffman-Cutler shared this recipe with us before she passed away in early 2005. The former Seabeck, Washington, resident was inspired by a friend's blueberry farm, and we find that her Blueberry Chutney recipe is a terrific accompaniment to chicken, grilled salmon, and ham. At altitudes of 1,000 to 6,000 feet, process jars for 15 minutes; above 6,000 feet, process for 20 minutes.
6 tablespoons orange peel slivers (1 in. long, colored part only)
How to Make It
Follow steps 1 through 4 of Canning Instructions, using five pint-size jars.
Enclose cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and coriander seeds in a double layer of cheesecloth; tie tightly with string.
In an 8- to 10-quart pan, combine blueberries, sugar, vinegar, spice bag, orange peel, and 1 1/2 cups water. Measure volume (see "Sunset's Canning Tips" below). Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium-high and stir often until mixture is thick and reduced by 1/2, about 1 1/2 hours. Lift out and discard spice bag.
Follow steps 5 through 11 of Canning Instructions, leaving 1/2 inch of headspace in each jar and processing jars for 10 minutes (see Notes).
Sunset's Canning Tips:
Add butter to jams and jellies to prevent foam from forming during cooking. If you omit the butter, skim off the foam before ladling jam or jelly into jars. The recipe will yield about 1/4 cup less.
Measure all the sugar into a bowl before beginning the recipe. Many canning recipes call for a large volume of sugar to be added when a mixture is already boiling; measuring ahead simplifies this step and prevents mistakes.
Use a ruler to measure volume. Some recipes call for a mixture to be reduced by a certain amount. To ascertain this easily, insert a clean, wood ruler into the pan before cooking and measure how far up the mixture comes. Then cook as directed until it has reduced by the percentage specified. For example, if uncooked mixture measures 4 inches in pan and recipe says to reduce by half, cook it down to 2 inches.
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Works beautifully with frozen blueberries -- even the tail end of last year's crop that's been sitting in the freezer all year.
The chutney makes a brilliant appetizer when served with cambrazola cheese and La Panzanella rosemary croccantini. A little cheese on the cracker, a dollop of chutney on the cheese... magic.
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