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Fri 25-Nov-11
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Lilphoe
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Hello!

I am making my first ever chutney to give as presents this christmas.

I'm making Mary Berry's christmas chutney. 

I have followed every ingredient and instruction to a T, as i type it is reducing away in a saucepan. 

BUT.... all i can smell is the white wine vinegar? I have double, no, triple checked i have used the right amount, i have! But i can't help panicking it's going to taste AWFUL!

Am i over reacting? Or is there something i can do? 

Please help me! lol confusedconfusedconfusedconfusedconfusedconfusedconfusedconfusedconfusedconfusedconfusedconfused

Fri 25-Nov-11
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Nearly forgot to say, hello and welcome first wave, hence the edit! whistle Anyway relax! Chutneys always smell awful when cooking. The house smells like a vinegar factory for days when I'm on a roll. I am presuming that the chutney recipe says it is fine after a month too if it says Christmas chutney? I have a chutney recipe I use for green tomatoes and I make it in October and wouldn't dream of opening it for at least 10 months, whereas some chutneys like Fiona's green tomato one are great by Christmas.cheers

Fri 25-Nov-11
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wave I agree with Joanna - and welcome from me, too - but try tasting a little, it may be just the smell and not the taste!

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Fri 25-Nov-11
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Thank you!

I feel a little silly for over reacting now doh

My sinuses have never felt soo clear after all the vinegar i inhaled this afternoon!

I feel much more relaxed about it all now, and am pretty confident it will turn out fine. I've baked alot for a few years and this was something completely new to me. 

It does say in the recipe to leave for at least a month, so fingers crossed!

 

I would try the chutney if it weren't for one thing, i have a huge dislike for tomatoes and peppers.. the 2 main ingredients aside from the onion and aubergine! 

 

I'm feeling quite inspired now, and think it's something i will definitely be doing more of!  Especially next summer when we have an abundance of tomatoes and peppers in my garden, (this time i bought them) my 7 year old practically inhales them and takes great pleasure in growing copius amounts that get passed around to anyone that will take them. Not any longer! tongue 

Sat 26-Nov-11
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I don't open my chutney for 6 months and label them with the date they can be started. Difficult when you first start but over time to get used to the stock control thing!

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Sat 26-Nov-11
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Hi Lilphoe and welcome. I have made Mary Berry's Christmas Chutney this year and it is very good, I have made a second batch with some changes to it where I dropped out the hot spices and added birdseye chillies which I sliced into small slivers, I used 8 of them with their seeds. I also added a couple of other seeds to the mix but am away from home now until Monday to look up what else I did and if anything that was an improvement on my first attempt with MB's recipe but you are right, Pickle/Relish making is very good for clearing the tubes.

I know it says to leave it for a month to develop, NO CHANCE and in fact as an insurance since I have given loads of it away I am going to make another lot which I hope will go into the store.

I have reached an age where my train of thought often leaves the station without me...

Tue 29-Nov-11
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We are on the rolling stock now, I am just getting through last years chutney and won't start on this years for quite a while. It just means you need loads and loads of jars, especially as we are more likely to use it than ketchup these days.cheers

The only thing I had heard was to be careful of the vinegar fumes if you are asthmatic as it robs the air of oxygen. I am slightly but not enough to worry about and it isn't too bad.

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