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Gran's Green Tomato Chutney

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My gran's been making this wonderfully tangy and sweet green tomato chutney for as long as I can remember. It's fantastic as a relish in a burger or just with cheese and biscuits.

It's a brilliant way to use up unripe tomatoes if the weather (like this year) hasn't been great for them. I picked 5kg of green tomatoes from my allotment as they were starting to get blight then made two batches of this stuff. Some will be saved for Christmas presents and some will get eaten over the year.
 
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Step 1: Ingredients

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Ingredients:

  • 2.5kg green tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 0.5kg onions, finely sliced
  • 4 tsp / 30g salt
  • 1L malt vinegar
  • 0.5kg soft light brown sugar
  • 250g sultanas, roughly chopped
  • 3 tsp / 20g ground pepper

Equipment:

  • Preserving pan or other large lidless pan
  • 7 - 10 jars with lids
  • Food wrap / cling film
  • Sticky labels

Approximate cost: 2.5 GBP per batch (if you grew the tomatoes).

Step 2: Prepare

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Finely slice your onions and washed green tomatoes, cutting out any bad bits. Add to a large bowl and stir. Add the 4 teaspoons of salt, stir again and then cover with food wrap or a large plate and leave overnight.

This will draw out lots of the tomato juices and help enhance the flavours. This step can be skipped if you don't want to leave it overnight, just reduce the salt by half.

I thoroughly recommend doing this step as it will reduce the time you need to cook your chutney for. Much of the cooking time is just reducing the liquid down so it's a thick enough consistency for chutney.

Step 3: Heat the vinegar, add the sugar.

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Place the litre of vinegar into a large pan. Add the 500g of light brown soft sugar and stir over a medium heat until all the sugar has dissolved.

Bring to the boil.

Step 4: Sultanas

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Roughly chop the sultanas then add to the simmering vinegar and sugar. Bring the whole lot to a gentle boil.
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PS4301 year ago
Tried out this recipe for the first time today, am a complete novice at doing this type of cooking. We'll it worked out great have no worries in recommending it to all.

try it with dark brown sugar its amazing

fay.plummer16 hours ago

I am going to try this recipe as it sounds great. Its just a shame that the web site you are using is covering all your great instructions with a lot of annoying and non relevant ads that make reading the recipe almost impossible. I do not revisit websites that use this sort of intrusive marketing.

groves761 month ago

Opened a jar today that I made March last year, still tastes amazing! Got to get started on this years green tomatoes : )

Have you ever made this recipe using red tomatoes?

Jayefuu (author)  groves76yesterday

I use a different one for red tomatoes. You can find it on my profile, but I prefer the green tomato recipe.

Try this one..
Tomato Sauce

1 and a half kilos tomatoes

500 grams onions

500 grams apples

2 cloves garlic

250 grams garlic

250 grams sugar

2 level tablsp salt

Half teasp cayenne pepper

1 tblsp whole cloves

1tblsp black peppercorns

500 ml malt vinegar
chop tomatoes, onions and apples\par

put in large saucepan\par

add rest of ingredients\par

bring to boil then simmer gently for 2 1/2 hrs UNCOVERED\par

push mixture through a sieve\par

bottle and cover when cold...\par

belindafish1 month ago

Hi, i am busy with your recipe and very excited about my end product. I live in South Africa and not many people here even know about using green tomatoes. I guess I started planting mine late and now have my 2.5 kg needed for the recipe. Thank you for sharing. Belinda

Jayefuu (author)  belindafish1 month ago

You're welcome Belinda. Enjoy!

I am making this tomorrow. Is there anything I can use instead of the sultanas?

Jayefuu (author)  sarahbear.mullen2 months ago

They're not really necessary, just nice. They add a bit of sweetness I guess. You could throw in a couple of apples or some other dried fruit like apricots or raisins. I think sultana is the UK name for what the US call raisins, I'm not sure what the Australian version is though.

MagicEnergies made it!4 months ago

You have inspired me Miss Mouse! I am in the process of making the chutney now and was wondering what to do as I do
not have a pot big enough for the whole mixture as per the recipe
here. I think I will separate it into two pots and make two different
batches! One I will make according to the recipe and the other I will
experiment with some other spices. I have another 4Kg of tomatoes on
top of this to experiment with also, plus more on the vine, so maybe I
will make a few different varieties...

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MagicEnergies4 months ago

This recipe has shown me that I need bigger bowls and cooking pans in my kitchen :D

surewhatelsewouldibedoing made it!4 months ago

Hi There, I used your recipe to make Chutney and blogged about it. http://surewhatelsewouldibedoing.blogspot.ie/2014/...

Your instructions were really clear and the chutney turned out well. I particularly love it on toasted sandwiches. Thanks.

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Just finished a batch! My husband is a Londoner but makes his home here in Texas. He wanted green tomato chutney with our tomatoes that we had to pick before the cold weather. I don't know green tomato chutney so we found your recipe and now have 12 half pint jars cooling. We can't get sultanas but used raisins and he seems pleased with it. I think I'm gonna be hooked….. It's still hot but smells and tastes amazing and I'm ready to try it with some Jacobs Cream Crackers and cheese. Didn't have a problem with your instructions. Good job and tell your Gran that her Chutney has come to Texas.

trish.smart.74 months ago

Sooo glad that I found this recipe - it's so easy and tastes delicious. I live in France and have had an abundance of green tomatos left over. Made my first batch two weeks ago and started eating this week - amazing. Have given some to my french neighbours!! Now starting my second batch to use the last of my tomatoes; have added some diced red apple to this batch as well - here's hoping it will be as good as the original recipe!!

janet.way.5624 months ago

My Daughter gave me some of her green tomatoes and I followed your Grans recipe- well almost, minor adjustments added pinch cayenne pepper! Tastes good now! Just in time for Christamas ! yummy x

mijona4 months ago

It worked really well! We also had green tomatoes which were blighted. After using them to make a green tomato soup a few times (very nice!) we decided to make the chutney and it is tasty :) It is the first time my mother and I have made something like this that gets put in jars, and it worked for us novices.

lucy.balmer.74 months ago
First go at chutney this morning and it's easy to follow and tastes great. Don't know how ill resist to let it mature for a month :-)
hurstead5 months ago

I am a chutney junky.... has anyone tried stirring a small spoonful through a tossed salad. Certainly helps with the diet :)

Im picking my green tomatoes from the garden this weekend and will try your gran's recipe.

I notice that in the ingredients list you ask for 20g of ground pepper yet further into the recipe it changes to 15g. I cannot see where the other 5g is added. Also, for how long do the jars stay in the oven to dry and sterilise?

Thanks

i made this chutney but mine tastes very vinegary can i save it or shall i throw it?

Jayefuu (author)  liz.langridge.15 months ago

Hmmmm. If you're sure you used the correct ratio of ingredients it should be fine. I'd just jar it and leave it a month to mature then taste it. It might mellow out.

will give that a go thanks .

nicky.hine.75 months ago

I love this chutney, completely fool proof and I've still a jar left from a year ago and is still good. Only managed to make two jars this autumn, so worth the effort..

maryedoris5 months ago

I was halving the quantities, but forgot to do it for the vinegar, and added the whole lot. Is it ruined now?

No, it should be fine. Just boil it until it reduces to the right consistency

CerysB5 months ago

New to chutney last year, I made this recipe and another one last year and I was gutted I hadn't used all my green tomatoes on THIS recipe. It is absolutely delicious! I am making it today and can't wait to eat it in a couple of months... and my mouth is watering at the prospect :D Thank you !

Jules625 months ago
Have never made chutney before but wow this was a great recipe to follow, and I have 4 8oz jars plus half a jar of great looking chutney. Will make again soon.

made it last year for the first time and now my brother-in -law cant get enough he has just bought another 5 kilo of tomatoes that's 20 kilo this year alone thanks for a great recipe

Am at the last 30 mins or so off bottling a batch of this.. My kitchen smells Amazing :) ( have already had a sneak taste and I love it already ) I adapted with the vinegar.. 1/2 white and 1/2 apple cider ( all I had in pantry ) and sugar ( only had dark brown ) also added a few sprinkles of chilli flakes.. and black pepper instead of white... All the tomatoes are home grown. Have the biggest tomato plant I have ever seen.. lol and it had way too many tomatoes on it for the fruit to survive, so plucked 2.5 kg to make the chutney ( still around 3 kg of tomatoes on the plant ) Am so looking forward to enjoying my 1st batch of home made chutney and maybe sharing a few jars.. maybe.. LOL Thank you :) :)

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Jayefuu (author)  chris.james.92102565 months ago

Looks fantastic! Glad you like it, gran will be please too. I'm giving a free 3 month Instructables pro code to everyone who posts photos, would you like one?

scrowe3 made it!6 months ago

First timer at chutney here, although I made jam donkey's years ago.

Followed this recipe to the letter - Oh WOW! is this stuff yummy! Really zingy.

Can't wait to make more :)

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Jayefuu (author)  scrowe35 months ago

Nice one! I made my batch for this year yesterday. I give a 3 month Instructables pro code to everyone who posts photos, would you like one?

CarolineW16 months ago

Have just chopped and prepare my mix for cooking tomorrow after reading
all the reviews im looking forward to tasting it i have had to use some
red tomatoes so will take a 1/3 off the amount of sugar and hope it
comes out ok .. best wishes to your Gran :)

ann.sangster6 months ago

Just finished making it...The house smells awesome ..Following the recipe exactly we got 6 half pint jars. Can hardly wait to taste it.

Thanks!

I also put in some nutmeg and Cayenne pepper to give it some spice, it tasted great

Dear Jayefuu, simmered mine for 1.5 hours and the liquid has all gone. It's only a light brown at the moment and not really sludgy enough. Any suggestions? Should I add a little more vinegar or water? I've done half of the recipe as only had 2.5kg of tomatoes.

thanks for any tips if you're online today.

Jayefuu (author)  hermione.ireland7 months ago

Don't add more liquid, just keep simmering it on low until it is thick enough. Read step 8 regarding how to know when it's done then let me know if you have any more questions.

Thank you.

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