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Apple Rhubarb Chutney

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Apple Rhubarb Chutney

I wanted to share the lovely results of our recent trip to Stone Ridge Orchard with you all – apple rhubarb chutney!

I looooove chutney. It’s great with Indian food, on toasted cheese sandwiches with some walnuts, with roast pork, chicken and a million other ways. We tend to stock up on mango chutney whenever we have the good fortune to pass by a Trader Joe’s but since we live in the hinterlands now, that’s pretty rare. But it’s also very easy to make and even tastier and cheaper than anything store bought.

Apples for pressing by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2010

I was planning to make curried apple chutney (which I’d still like to do if I find the time…) until I saw this recipe for apple rhubarb chutney and remembered that we had a big bag of rhubarb from Aunt Maggie’s garden in our chest freezer. Rhubarb is such great stuff – I love its tangy, unique taste and smell and it’s appealing mix of colors – green and pink and red.

Rhubarb by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2011

The recipe is simple – mix apples and rhubarb with lemon zest and juice, dried cranberries, spices and a BOATload of sugar and cook it down until it’s thick and delicious.

Ingredients for Apple Rhubarb Chutney by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2011

Because of all the sugar, you do need to stir it frequently and watch it to make sure it does not burn or overcook but it’s a pretty manageable project that will make you and your family happy all winter and spring.

Apple Rhubarb Chutney by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2011

The recipe below is adapted from Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving – I decreased the sugar (the original recipe calls for 4 cups in case you want to follow it), increased the lemon juice, added a touch of salt and a bunch of fresh ginger and some cloves.

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Eve Fox

Eve is the creator of The Garden of Eating, a blog about food--cooking it, eating it, and growing it. She has a legendary love of aprons and can often be found salivating over the fruits and veggies at one of the many farmersí markets near her home in Woodstock, NY. Want even more recipes, photos, giveaways, and food-related inspiration? "Like" the Garden of Eating on Facebook, or follow Eve on Twitter or Pinterest.

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5:45PM PST on Nov 11, 2011

Glad you all liked it! Next fall I plan to make a few kinds of chutney - got my eye on a spiced Indian one that sounds great. So stay tuned...

8:20PM PST on Nov 10, 2011

omg, all this time I bought store bought chutney. It's easy to do. ^_^ love it!

6:43PM PST on Nov 6, 2011

love this recipe

9:00AM PST on Nov 6, 2011

looks yummy

8:27AM PST on Nov 6, 2011

Sounds delicious! Shall have to get my father-in-law onto it, he preserves a lot of food.

2:18AM PST on Nov 6, 2011

When my rhubarb grows back, I'll make this next year. Thank you.

6:03PM PDT on Nov 5, 2011

Thanks!

5:13PM PDT on Nov 5, 2011

wonderful! thanks for the recipe and the links to others.

4:40PM PDT on Nov 5, 2011

Yummy.

2:06PM PDT on Nov 5, 2011

omg YUM!

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