Bear in mind, when I make jams or jellies, I make a very large batch & this was most certainly the case with the chutney. I felt that if it was going to be as a-may-zing as I envisioned, than I better have enough to share. Plus it can be used as Christmas gifts or hostess gifts when going out to the neighbours' for dinner!!
I have 12 (250ml - that's 1 cup) jars & 12 (125ml) jars cooling on my counter, waiting for a fancy ribbon & a welcoming home.
* 8 cups cranberries
* 8 cups blackberries
* 2 cups finely chopped white onion
* 5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
* 2 shallots, finely chopped
* zest & fruit from 6 mandarin oranges
* 4 Tbsp grated ginger
* 1 cup chopped dates
* 1 cup currants
* 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
* 1 cup sugar
* 3 tsp dry mustard
* 2 tsp galangal
* 1 tsp ground black pepper
* 5 tsp ground cardamom
* 1 tsp ground cloves
* 1 tsp chili powder
* 1 tsp Chinese lemon pepper (sichuan or hua jiao pepper)
* 1 tsp ground sage
Throw it all into a large pot, bring to a low boil & simmer for about 20 minutes. Make sure to stir so it doesn't burn the bottom of your pot! Mash the cranberries & blackberries & let simmer for a few more minutes, til you have the consistency you wish. It will thicken once it cools!
Fill your jars, screw on your lids & process in hot water bath for 10 minutes. Let the flavours marry for a few days & then start giving away to family & friends!
(I forgot to add some dark spiced rum at jarring time, but you can do so if you wish - or even brandy)
|~ spicy-savory cranberry-blackberry chutney ~|
The fun thing with chutney is that you can adjust the sweetness or the tangy levels as you go along. A suggestion of a Tbsp of honey when warming it up for eating (yup - warm it up folks!!) will add sweetness & some liquid to smooth it out. I'm going to hit the store for some soft cheese & crackers & enjoy a small jar of this real soon....