This Cranberry Chutney is a sweet and savory combo to dress up your poultry or to use as a delicious appetizer with crackers.
I get so excited when I see fresh cranberries. Their delightful, puckery tartness pairs wonderfully with other sweet and savory ingredients and their appearance also means that the holidays are close.
Recently, I had a chance to learn how to make cranberry chutney in a steam canner from Pamela Wnucka, a Master Food Preserver. She was at Melissa’s Produce for a special gathering of food writers and bloggers. Pamela showed us her magic for making our own cranberry chutney, just in time for the holidays! If you love canning, this is a recipe you’ll want.
This chutney is great to have on hand throughout the year, but for those of you who can’t be bothered with canning, the chutney will last in the refrigerator for two weeks. It is a wonderful Thanksgiving condiment and the ideal seasonal hostess gift.
In addition to showing us how to make this gorgeous chutney, Pamela shared informative tips on preserving and how to make a quick Vietnamese Carrot and Daikon Pickle.
This classic sweet and mild crunchy condiment is used to stuff Vietnamese Banh mì sandwiches. Seriously, you can just eat this straight out of the jar. Up next was something sweet and tangy!
Today’s Recipe: Cranberry Chutney
This recipe is the simplest ever – prepare the ingredients, mix’em up and cook.
Do pay attention here: when you are ladling hot chutney into hot jars, make sure you leave l/2-inch headspace to assure a vacuum seal. If too little headspace is allowed, the mixture may expand and bubble out during processing.
We used the Aluminum Steam Canner with Temperature Indicator by VICTORIO.
This chutney is a perfect side for Thanksgiving, served over meat, or on yogurt. My favorite way is on crackers with a French cheese sitting on the patio with a best friend over a glass of wine.
- 3 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
- 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 1/4 cups finely chopped onions
- 1 cup golden raisins
- 1 1/4 cups chopped candied pineapple
- 1 cup water
- 3 cloves garlic finely chopped
- 1 tsp dry mustard
- 2 tbsp finely chopped ginger root
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp grated orange zest
- 1 tsp ground cloves
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 cup red wine vinegar
In a large stainless steel saucepan, combine cranberries, onions, pineapple, garlic, ginger, orange zest, orange juice and vinegar. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat, cover and boil gently until cranberries soften and burst, about 15 minutes. Add sugar, raisins, water, mustard, cinnamon, cloves and cayenne. Boil gently, stirring frequently, for about 15 minutes. (Mixture should be slightly runny and will thicken upon cooling.)
Meanwhile, prepare canner, jars, and lids.
Ladle hot chutney into hot jars, leaving l/2-inch headspace. Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace, if necessary, by adding hot chutney. Wipe rim.
Place jars in canner, ensuring they are completely covered with water. Bring water to a rolling boil and process for 10 minutes. Remove canner lid.
Wait 5 minutes, then remove jars. Do not retighten bands if loose. Cool 12 hours. Check seals. Label and store jars.
TIP Candied pineapple is also known as crystallized or glace pineapple.
After we finished our steam canning, we imbibed some great Australian wines thanks to Irv Wnuck a highly regarded wine expert, along with Damian White of Shottesbrooke Winery. They were a great complement to the chutney along with other delicious bites from Melissa’s Produce’s kitchen.
The Sauvignon Blanc from Shottesbrooke Winery has zippy aromas of fresh passionfruit, gooseberry, and tangy citrus. The Shottesbrooke Winery’s Shiraz has intense red fruit freshness and darker fruit characters dominate the bouquet, with hints of spicy black pepper. These wines are now being introduced to the U.S. – they’re recent imports and you will need to ask for them.
If you adore cranberries as much as I do, I know you will love this recipe. The only question is to can or not to can—either way it will disappear in no time.
…and then, she paused for thought.