Green Tomato Challenge 2: Sweet Chutney

03.Feb.15 Green Tomato Chutney When I posted a picture of the green tomatoes on facebook, it invited a cooking challenge. Friend Michele suggested chutney. I liked that idea, so I threw in whatever I had in the pantry, emptying the packets: ~ approximately half cup of sultanas ~ about 1 cup of brown sugar ~ 1 cup white vinegar ~ all kinds of spices (cloves, tumeric, fennel, cumin) ~ and 1 large onion. To match the proportions, I chose 30 green tomatoes.

03.Feb.15 Green Tomato Chutney

Then it dawned on me that I'd like a sweet chutney, so I added a giant lump of palm sugar. (How often do I use palm sugar, anyway?) 03.Feb.15 Green Tomato Chutney

Left everything to simmer. 03.Feb.15 Green Tomato Chutney

Meanwhile, I boiled these glass jars and lids. While air-drying, I preheated the oven to 120 degrees Celsius. This is my first time sterilising jars -- I wanted to be doubly safe! 03.Feb.15 Green Tomato Chutney

The reduction process took much faster than I had thought. It was looking like chutney in 20 minutes. 03.Feb.15 Green Tomato Chutney

These jars had been oven-baked for 20 minutes. Obviously I overestimated, thinking 1 jar would hold 10 tomatoes... 03.Feb.15 Green Tomato Chutney

Not sure what this step would be for, but it would heat up the air in the jars and thus create a vacuum seal? (Sinking that pop on the lid as it cools.) 03.Feb.15 Green Tomato Chutney

There. All lids popped in and 100% satisfied with the experiment. 03.Feb.15 Green Tomato Chutney

Now this is what 60 tomatoes look like. Looking forward to the next challenge. This is what 60 tomatoes look like. Yes, I am the nerd who counts her tomatoes before they ripen :D