The tomatoes this year were a big disappointment. Hardly any ripened and the ones that did were tiny. I always seem to leave planting tomato plants too late but usually that just means a glut of them in August and September. This year was no exception I did plant them late but these weren't going to ripen and the few that did didn't taste that good. So I decided to give up on them and pick all the green ones. I ended up with about 1 kg and thought after my success with the jam making I would try chutney. The recipe looked easy.
I chopped up the tomatoes and onions, sprinkled them with a teaspoon of salt and left for 24 hrs. This got rid of lots of moisture (for half a day I let them stand in the colander and it kept dripping). I'm glad I did this otherwise I would have been cooking it all day to reduce it.
The onions, tomatoes, sultanas, black pepper, chillies, garlic, ginger and vinegar went into a pan to boil for 10 mins then I added the sugar and simmered the mixture for probably 2 hours.
The whole house smells of vinegar, the fumes were awful but eventually it was thick and ready to bottle. Three jars of chutney. I did try it a couple times whilst making it and I'm not sure I liked it but to be honest my head was so full of vinegar fumes that that was all I could taste.
I will give it a proper try and it can always be binned. I won't make this again. Jam making is definitely easier!
PS Since my last post about should we do the fire we have started it. As of yesterday I now have no gas fire just a hole instead!