18 January 2015

Spiced Chutney

Homemade Christmas Spiced Onion Tomato Chutney Gift in a Jar with Stilton and crackers
I love cheese, especially with chutney. This leads me to think that chutney, particularly homemade chutney, would be a brilliant gift to receive. I am probably wrong. Nonetheless, every Christmas I make a huge batch of it for my family, who probably all hate chutney.

Homemade Christmas Spiced Onion Tomato Chutney with Stilton and Crackers
Homemade Christmas Spiced Onion Tomato Chutney Gift in a Jar Packaging

The Recipe
I used a Mary Berry Recipe which I hadn't tried before, but it had hundreds of good reviews online. I can't understand why, as it's probably the worst chutney I've ever made (I'm definitely putting that down to the recipe, not my cooking). There seemed to be a lot of pointless, time consuming steps like peeling skins off tomatoes and crushing coriander seeds. I don't own a pestle and mortar so spent ages bashing the end of a rolling pin against the seeds, all the time wondering what is the point of this and can you not already buy these crushed? After a few hours of chopping, peeling, bashing, stirring and simmering I only ended up with 4 jars of chutney. I'm not sure what was more annoying, knowing that I needed to make another 4 jars, or that it tasted disgusting.

The Packaging
As the saying goes, you can roll a shit in glitter... so despite it's flavour, I still made each jar look pretty and handed them out at Christmas. I added round black sticky labels to each lid to cover the old branding. This also helps people identify what's in the jar, gathering dust at back of their cupboard once the tag has been taken off. I just used hessian and red bakers twine to finish them off.

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