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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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PS4308 months 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.
Kiteman1 month ago

This is lovely - so far, I have had it with pork pie, cheese, celery, crisps, and a spoon.

(I got it on the right instructable now!)

nannachook made it!2 months ago

Followed this recipe, adding a couple of old floury apples, a small piece of butternut pumpkin, using the end of all tomatoes (large and cherry, green and red) on my vines, and substituting my own dried raisins for the sultanas. I added only 750ml of vinegar, a mix of brown and white (all I had in the pantry). Reducing took 4 hours at a constant simmer on my wood stove, and yield was around 2.4kg (7 x 350g jars). I found this recipe easy and the instructions clear, thank you from Victoria, Australia.

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Jayefuu (author)  nannachook2 months ago

Nice! How's it taste?

Mighty fine, thanks Jayefuu, thumbs up from everyone here. It has been added to cheese and crackers, sausages in bread, and minced meat penne so far - and very popular! :)

CraftyMaria2 months ago

Hi, Just wondering, Do you drain the liquid from the salted tomato/onion mix before cooking?

babsboyle3 months ago

Help please!!! I have made the chutney and ready to bottle it. But its really 'vinegary'

Should I do anything before bottling or is it normal?

I am in Australia so if anyone is still up I would appreciate quick reply. Thanks.

Dakymash3 months ago

G'day, please let you Gran know that her recipe has made it to our humble kitchen in Australian. We have the first batch simmering as I write. Smells yummy!

groves76 made it!4 months ago

Diced, cooked, bottled, delicious.

Need a few more of your gran's recipes ; )

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Jayefuu (author)  groves764 months ago

Excellent! Thanks!

jackintas4 months ago

Made this for the first time today. I did the full recipe salted and rested overnight and it took me 5 hours on low heat simmer to reduce to a manageable chutney. Tastes great but returned only a little over 1kg of chutney. Sadly no more green tomatoes but I do have some plums which I will try it our on.. Well done fantastic

Jayefuu (author)  jackintas4 months ago

5 hours!? Wow.

groves764 months ago

This is absolutely delicious, a real keeper! I was looking for a green tomato chutney that didn't have curry or chilli, and this was perfect, the white pepper gives it a nice warmth.

Jayefuu (author)  groves764 months ago

Glad you like it :) I've got some for lunch today! If you got photos, you can use the "I made it" button above to add one to the Instructable.

Granny Jo Jo6 months ago
Thank you Gran’s recipe appealed to me, I made the mistake of throwing in a few chilli which cut down my takers, still those that like chili are on to their second jar in a day! Not wanting to waste anything, I put the excess tomato juice in the soup.
I have another batch on now, great aromas! Problem is I am now scratching around for more jars, luckily I can safely leave it to see what the op-shop has.
I made this and messed up, and it's still pretty good. I was a little shy on the full amount of green tomatoes needed, but close enough it was OK to go- and when I was putting the tomatoes in the vinegar, I managed to drop about half of them on the floor. After quick, chopping some apples and throwing them in, I almost had a good mix- it's still a bit too vinegary for the sized batch I made, but the flavors are really good, I'm sure when I make it next time and I don't screw up, it's going to be fantastic.
abelsham8 months ago
Just having a go at making this now. Almost ready to jar up. I slung some chilli flakes and a few coriander seeds in there to add an extra bit of flavour. Tastes lovely. Takes ages to reduce tho. And I did the salt thing at the start
Jayefuu (author)  abelsham8 months ago
Yeh, it takes a while.... worth it though!
bubbles219 months ago
We made this chutney today and were fighting over the scraping in the pan.As suggested we used slightly less liquid and just let it simmer away for three hours.A faster boil for the last fifteen minutes just thickened it up nicely.It was definitely worth salting the fruit and leaving overnight.We left it in a collander and there was lots of liquid in the morning.
Would strongly recommend this lovely recipe.
slegg110 months ago
Today I am making this recipe after looking for a good easy to follow recipe over the last weeks. I don't like all these fancy poncey recipes that TV chefs produce! Gran recipes are always the best :-) will let you know how it goes.
Jayefuu (author)  slegg19 months ago
How did it go?
Don-Roberto10 months ago
last try...
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Jayefuu (author)  Don-Roberto10 months ago
Great photos! Thank you. Glad you liked it. For putting up nice photos, would you like an Instructables Pro membership? I have spare codes I won and you can have one if you'd like.
Don-Roberto10 months ago
There you go, Say thanks to Gran !! x
Don-Roberto10 months ago
the pictures are harder than the chutney !!
Don-Roberto10 months ago
Having trouble with the pics, try again..
Don-Roberto10 months ago
Just bottled this Chutney......but had to have a little warm with some Manchego cheese and crackers, delicious, not too sweet either, thanks Jayefuu for a great recipe ( good old Gran) got 5 1/2 biggish jars from the recipe, I did not have enough tomatoes so topped up with cooking apples and added a few dates, this would be great with a glass of good port or a hearty draught ale.
Thanks Jayefuu, I have put a few pictures up !!
Ailbhe10 months ago
I made this today from some very haphazardly-grown tomatoes that never ripened. Amazing! I filled four half litre kilner jars and now feel like Ma in 'Little House on the Prairie'. No my only problem is deciding if I actually like anyone enough to part with one of my precious jars...
Thanks Jayefuu, for the very clear instructions and pictures, great recipe!
Jayefuu (author)  Ailbhe10 months ago
You're welcome. Glad you like it. My gran's ecstatic she's an internet recipe superstar now, beating BBC :p
fuschias77710 months ago
Absolutely delicious! the recipe was so easy to do and it was my first time so i am very proud to say i have 7 lovely jars of green chutney, from my own home grown tomatoes. One has gone to my friends next door 1 hour after jarring. Can't wait to get my girls to try some. Thank you Jayefuu for your gran's recipe it's stunning :D
Jayefuu (author)  fuschias77710 months ago
Thank you!
hmann510 months ago
I put chopped chilli in mine instead of saltanas to give it some zing. Nice. I find it a little sweet, do you have to use this much sugar or can I use less?
I followed this instructable a couple of years back and it was FANTASTIC!!! If I ever get a whole bunch of green tomatoes again at the end of the year I'll be back to do it all again!
Maireb561 year ago
Thanks for a great recipe. I made 5 jars - just over half the recipe and it is delicious. It is the first time I've made chutney and it won't be the last!!
okie2oz1 year ago
Have loads of green tomatoes so excitded to find this recipe. So the jars need no hot water bath and can just be stored in my pantry? Love to give some for holiday gifts. Thanks...
Jayefuu (author)  okie2oz1 year ago
I don't use a hot water bath, the chutney's at 100C+ and the jars are at 150C when I steralise them, a plastic or wax paper disc on the surface also helps to keep oxygen/bacteria off the surface of stored chutney. I think the water bath is used for when you're canning rather than making chutney/jam. Using the above method my chutney's kept for over 6 months before. I'm no expert though :)
this chutney looks delicious,it has inspired me to raid the 'green'house ,do you think it would work as well with white vinegar( the distilled type) i have loads of this left after pickling a glut of eggs in the summer.
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Appreciate your reply. Trying to convert to U.S. measurements. Think the tomatoes may be about 5½ lbs. and onions about 1 lb.or so. Any idea how many cups (or liters, quarts, etc) of chopped tomatos and onions you had? Just want to make sure that my measurements are correct. Yum - can't wait to make this recipe. Out to pick.
mrs w1 year ago
Made this chutney today and managed to get 11 jars out of the recipe, mmm delicious, Thanks.
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micrajo1 year ago
Yay! raided my mums greenhouse for green tomatoes so I can make another batch of this. Only had 1.8kg so have made up the weight with 4 big bramleys. Added some scotch bonnets too for abit of a kick. Gave 2 jars away of my last batch and almost eaten the other 2 so has to be done. Bubbling away now :D
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