Seasonal Fruits in Chutneys


A photo of Judy LaquidaraWith an abundance of peaches and blueberries in our area, I was struggling with what to do with them to make the most of what's available.

I had dried peaches, made peach jam, blueberry jam, peach pie filling, frozen some with sugar, frozen blueberries and then came across recipes for Peach Chutney and Blueberry Chutney.

Blueberry Chutney simmering on the stove

We had never used much chutney but I decided to try the recipe and after a few changes to the original recipes, our family can't seem to get enough of it. We've shared a taste with everyone who has visited us this week and so far, everyone who's tried it has asked for a jar. It's been a hit on pulled pork, fried chicken strips and even biscuits! We've also served it with crackers and cream cheese and that would make a great quick appetizer any time! I've canned quite a bit of both peach and blueberry chutney in half pint jars.

Blueberry Chutney jars just out of the canner

Both, along with an apple curry chutney will be includd in gift baskets for friends for Christmas.

8/15/2010 8:45:55 AM

What size jars is the blueberry chutney recipe canning directions based on? Pint? Or half pint? How much headspace is required?

Nebraska Dave
8/7/2010 7:33:35 PM

@Judy, you are right about being a good fruit year. My neighbor has so many apples on his tree that the branches are starting to break under the weight. Last year his pear tree had fruit for the first time with total harvest of 4 pears. This year there are hundreds of pears. It seems that everything that grows on a tree or a vine is producing a prolific harvest. My tomatoes, bell peppers, and cucumbers are starting to produce more than I can give away. I guess I’ll have to break down and starting preserving the harvest (big sigh). Not really, I enjoy canning. I just can way too much for one person. Have a great day and enjoy that chutney.

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