A spicy chatney made of strawberries, onions and prickly pears for a fruity taste and a colourful highlighting at a BBQ or dinner.
Step 1: Ingredients:
Step 2: Preparing the Fruits
Wash and hull the 500grams of strawberries, mince them. Do the same with the sweet pepper and the 400grams of onions. Peel the rind of the ginger with a spoon and grate 40grams of it.
Step 3: Preparing the Prickly Pear
This is a fruit from a cactus and has tiny little spikes. Usually they have been removed, but there is a chance some are still there. And you should be particularly careful as these spikes are hard to see but painfully.
Always use disposable gloves!
Or spaghetti tongs like I did. Cut off the bottom and top so you can peel off the skin. One fruit weighs usually 100grams which is the amount we need.
Step 4: Preparing the Sugar
Weigh 100grams of sugar, add 2 teaspoons salt, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and some grounded pepper.
Step 5: Ready to Go
Now that we prepared everything it is time to get the saucepan and the hand held mixer out. Put the minced strawberries, onions, sweet pepper and grated ginger into the saucepan. Blend everything roughly with your hand held mixer. For a better chewing experience we need some pieces left in the chatney.
Step 6: Adding the Rest
The pulp of the prickly pear contains big seeds, this is why we add it after we used the hand held mixer. Finally add the sugar mixture, 100ml white wine vinegar and put the saucepan on gentle heat. Let it simmer for 30 minutes and stir from time to time.
Step 7: Prepare the Canning Jars
Meanwhile you can desinfect the canning jars. Put all the pieces into a large bowl and fill it with boiling water. After 10 minutes take them out and spread on a clean kitchen towel.
Step 8: Thickening
The chatney should have thickened within the 30 minutes, remove from heat.
Step 9: Bottling
Use the funnel to fill the canning jars with the chatney. Close the jars with the lids and make sure the rubber rings seal tight. Store in a cold place and consume within 3 months. For marinades, sauces, or just spread it on your food.
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