Notes: Theresa Liu of Alameda, California, serves her chutney as a dip for toasted pita bread, as a condiment for meats, and puréed as a barbecue sauce. To peel the tomatoes, immerse in boiling water until skins crack, about 15 seconds; lift out with a slotted spoon and let cool, then pull off skins. At altitudes of 1,000 to 6,000 feet, process jars for 15 minutes; above 6,000 feet, process for 20 minutes.
1 1/2 pounds sweet-tart apples such as Jonathan or Gravenstein
3 cups firmly packed brown sugar
3 cups cider vinegar
2 cups coarsely chopped onions
1 cup golden raisins
1/3 cup finely chopped fresh red or green jalapeño chiles
1/4 cup minced garlic
3 tablespoons ground cumin
2 tablespoons paprika
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
2 teaspoons black or yellow mustard seeds
2 teaspoons ground coriander
2 teaspoons pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
How to Make It
Follow steps 1 through 4 of Canning Instructions, using six pint-size jars.
Core tomatoes, then coarsely chop; you should have 3 1/2 quarts, including juices. Peel, core, and coarsely chop apples; you should have 1 quart.
In an 8- to 10-quart pan, combine tomatoes, apples, brown sugar, vinegar, onions, raisins, chiles, garlic, cumin, paprika, ginger, mustard seeds, coriander, pepper, and salt. 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 2 hours.
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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