What better way to make use of the desire to stay in the warm indoors than to convert one of winter’s sweetest vegetables into a delectable chutney? Whether you prefer to use our splendid range of round jam jars or prefer your chutney to sit nicely in a hexagonal jar, our online shop is the place to look.
- Sterilised glass jar(s)
- 1 Large saucepan
- 1 large, heavy-based saucepan
- Wooden ladle
- Chopping board and knife
- 600g/1 lb 5 oz raw beetroot
- 2-3 unwaxed, finely grated zest lemons
- 100ml/3½fl oz lemon juice (about 2–3 lemons)
- 2 large cooking apples - peeled, cored and chopped
- 1 finely chopped red onion
- 2 tbsp of roughly chopped caper berries or capers
- 200g granulated sugar
- 150ml/¼ pint cider vinegar
- 2 tsp fennel seeds
- Large pinch of sea salt
- Black pepper (just a few grinds)
HOW TO MAKE beetroot chutney
- Wash the beetroot and trim off the ends unpeeled.
- Cover the beetroot with cold water in a large saucepan.
- Bring to the boil – simmer for around 35 mins until they soften slightly.
- Remove from heat and leave to cool enough to touch.
- Proceed to peel the skin from the vegetable by lightly grazing the skin with your fingers.
- Cut the beetroot into 1cm/½ in cubes before leaving for a few steps time.
- In a large, heavy-based saucepan, add the red onion, apple, fennel seeds, lemon zest and juice, plus vinegar over a medium heat and bring to a simmer.
- Simmer for 10 minutes and stir occasionally.
- When the apple pieces have softened to a purée, add the beetroot.
- Return the mixture to a simmer for a few mins until the beetroot has been properly heated.
- Add in the sugar and stir thoroughly until you see it has dissolved.
- Proceed to cook until the mixture has a rich and thick texture, for around 25 minutes.
- Stir in the capers just before the mixture has finished cooking.
- Season with salt and pepper before removing it from the heat.
- Once you are satisfied, scoop the chutney into your sterilised jars.
- To disperse any ‘air pockets’ effectively, tap the jars on your kitchen counter.
- Seal as soon as possible using vinegar-proof lids.
- For best results flavour-wise, leave the chutney for a few weeks to mature.
- Storage-wise, you can store it in a dry, dark cupboard for up to a year.
- Once opened, keep in the fridge.
Beetroot chutney is seasonal, fun to make and full of flavour! Try your hand at this food today.
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