Spicy Peach Chutney 2012

So I have a basket of peaches in the kitchen that need using up. My plan for about 8 of them is to turn them into four cups (or so) of spicy peach chutney.

This is the recipe I’ve cobbled together



8 peaches, peeled and finely diced[1]
1/2 C red onion, diced
1/2 C dried appricots (diced) OR dried cranberries OR dried red/black currants[2]
1/4 C granulated sugar
1/4 C apple cider vinegar
2 large cloves garlic, minced
1 piece candied ginger, crumbled
1/2 tsp each: salt, black pepper, tumeric, and cinnamon
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (coarsly ground)


1) Throw everything into a pot and bring it to a boil, stirring to make sure everything is well-mixed

2) Sterilize eight half-cup jars (or whatever you like) in a boiling-water/steam bath

3) When the chutney mixture is a gooey, flavourful mess, pour it into the sterilized jars

4) Cap the jars and process them in a boiling-water/steam bath for 5-10 minutes

5) Allow jars to cool – you will hear the “plunk” as they seal


That’s it! In theory, this makes about 3 cups of chutney (alas, as I was hoping for four). But it smells good, and it’ll do. πŸ™‚

It feels a bit weird to be saying this is August but: I now have three elements of my DIY Xmas Gift Baskets sorted out: Balsamic Roasted Tomato Sauce, Choke-Cherry Jelly, and this. (The rest – apple-cranberry chutney, cranberry curd, and potentially pumpkin butter (or so my Plans are currently telling me) will be made during September and October. Wish me luck!)

Meliad the Birch Maiden.

[1] I’ll be scalding the peaches – with an X cut into the bottom of each one – in order to facilitate peeling them. Which means I’ll probably be using eight mashed peaches… but that’ll just make for a smoother, runnier chutney… which I don’t actually mind at all. πŸ˜‰

[2] I went with the appricots, as that’s what I had. The currants/cranberries would add a little more colour and an extra bit of sharpness, though. πŸ™‚

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