its that time again, the whole house smells but its worth it when you open that jar in a few months time. Or a week if you cannot wait that long.
one i did this week was the nigel slater recipe in the guardian a few weeks ago, with the remaining tomatoes in the greenhouse. It made only a couple of jars but looks promising.
Last night it was the beetroot relish which is firm favorite in this household.
900g raw beetroot grated
675g cooking apples
1 litre white wine vinegar
900g granulated sugar
2 tbsp ginger
basically throw it all in a large pan and bring to boil and simmer then for a few hours. I use the grater on my processor with the onion, beetroot and apple so they are all the same size/texture which seems to work really well with the finished product.
I am going to do another 2 batches over the next week or so, if i have enough jars!!
A couple of weeks ago i also made 'red pepper, tomato, chilli and courgette chutney'
I did two versions, one which had a heavier spices element, a curryish flavour, and one without. Both are very good if i do say so though.
The 'without' version was
5 red peppers, chopped
1.4kg tomatoes chopped
1.6 kg courgettes, diced and salted to remove water, then rinsed
5 large garlic clovers
7 red chillies, hot, leave seeds in if you wish.
60g ginger finely chopped
225g light brown sugar
500mls white wine vinegar.
simmer for a few hours and bottle, will make a good few jars.