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Carrot and date chutney

Yield: 10 x quarter-litre (1/2 US pint) jars

Course Condiments
Cuisine American
Keyword Carrots
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours
Yield 10 x quarter-litre (1/2 US pint) jars
Calories 54 kcal

Ingredients

  • 500 g carrot (peeled, grated. 4 cups / about 1 lb. Measurements after prep.)
  • 450 g dates (pitted, chopped. 1 1/2 cups / 1 lb. Measurements after prep.)
  • 350 g onions (finely chopped. 2 cups / 3/4 lb. Measurements after prep.)
  • 2 hot peppers (small, finely chopped)
  • 3 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
  • 3 tablespoons ginger (fresh, finely chopped)
  • 500 g apple (fresh, grated. 3 cups / 17 oz. Measurements after prep.)
  • 400 ml malt vinegar (5% acidity or higher. 1 1/2 cups / 13 oz)
  • 500 ml water (2 cups / 16 oz)
  • 550 g sugar (white. 2 1/2 cups / 20 oz) OR 3 teaspoons liquid stevia
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • cheesecloth
  • 1 stick cinnamon (10 cm / 4 inch)
  • 2 tablespoons mustard seed
  • 2 teaspoons cloves (whole)
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice (bottled. 50 ml)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste (or ketchup)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons salt (optional)
Metric - US Customary

Instructions

  1. Prep the carrot, set aside and keep separate.
  2. Prep the dates, onion, peppers, garlic, ginger, ginger and apples, putting them in a large bowl or pot. Stir in the malt vinegar, set aside.
  3. Mix the water, sugar, and cayenne pepper together in a large pot.

  4. Take a piece of cheesecloth, and make a spice bag by tying the cinnamon stick, mustard seed and cloves in the cheesecloth. Add to pot.
  5. Add the grated carrot, bring to a boil.
  6. Add the prepared date mixture. Bring back to a boil, then lower to a simmer and simmer uncovered until thickish. About 40 minutes, until it mounds nicely on a spoon. Stir frequently, about every 5 to 10 minutes to prevent scorching.
  7. Add the lemon juice, tomato paste, and the salt. Simmer about 5 minutes.

  8. Discard spice bag.
  9. Ladle into quarter-litre (1/2 US pint / 8 oz) jars.
  10. Leave 2 cm (1/2 inch) headspace.
  11. Debubble, adjust headspace.
  12. Wipe jar rims.
  13. Put lids on.
  14. Process in a water bath or steam canner.
  15. Process jars for 15 minutes; increase time as needed for your altitude.
  16. Best after two months of jar time.