|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 1g||1%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 72g||26%|
|Dietary Fiber 8g||27%|
|Total Sugars 53g|
|Vitamin C 56mg||280%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Although chutney originated in India, it has become a popular condiment all over the world. Similar to a relish (the terms are often interchanged), chutney is a mixture of fruit or vegetable—along with sugar, vinegar, and seasonings—that is cooked down to create a somewhat chunky but thick consistency. It can be sweet or spicy and is wonderful served with cooked chicken, beef, pork, and curried food.
This pear chutney is tangy and sweet and pairs beautifully with cheese and spicy foods including (but not limited to) East Indian-style dishes. You can even turn it into an unusual spread for bagels or toast—puree a spoonful of pear chutney in a food processor with room temperature cream cheese and a dash of milk. It's the perfect topping to go with brie and crackers too.
3 pounds pears, peeled, cored, and chopped
1 1/4 cups light brown sugar
1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 cups raisins
1 lemon, seeded and finely chopped
1/4 cup fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
1 clove garlic, peeled and finely chopped
1 small hot chile pepper, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
Pinch ground cloves
Gather the ingredients.
Combine pears, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, raisins, lemon, ginger, garlic, chile, salt, allspice, pepper, coriander, and cloves in a large pot over medium-high heat.
Cook, stirring frequently until pears soften to the point that they start to fall apart when stirring chutney. If chutney seems too liquid at that point, raise heat to high and continue to cook it until a wooden spoon dragged across the bottom of the pot leaves a trail that doesn't fill in with chutney even after a couple of seconds.
Let cool, place in airtight containers, and refrigerate or freeze. Or for longer storage, follow the canning process.
- The flavors of the pear chutney will develop and become more balanced if you wait at least a week before eating it.
- It is best to use firm, underripe fruit when making a chutney, so be sure to purchase fruit that is not quite ready for eating.
- If it is the height of autumn and you have a plethora of apples, as well as pears, you can make your own homemade apple vinegar and use in this recipe; just be sure to test it first to make sure it is acidic enough to safely preserve the chutney.
How to Store and Freeze
- Store pear chutney in the refrigerator for up to one month. You can freeze chutney for up to six months (it is still safe to eat after that, but the quality will suffer). For longer storage (up to one year) at room temperature, follow canning instructions.
- If you aren't a fan of spicy food or want to make this pear chutney milder to appeal to all palates in the family, you can cut down or eliminate the hot chile pepper.
- If you are looking to add another fruit to this recipe (or swap out the pear for something else), good options are peaches, apricots, green mangoes, apples, and nectarines.
- Do not add or replace the pear with soft fruits like berries. This type of fruit ends up cooking down so much that it will lose its flavor and become more of a jam.
- Dried fruits are always a great addition to a chutney so feel free to include figs, cranberries, or apricots.
How to Can Chutney
To preserve your pear chutney to enjoy for a longer period of time, canning is the way to go.
- Once you have all of your supplies ready, ladle the chutney into clean pint or 1/2-pint canning jars, leaving 1/2-inch headspace. (It is not necessary to sterilize the jars for this recipe because of the length of the canning time).
- Wipe the rims of the jars with a paper towel or a clean dish towel.
- Screw on canning lids and process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.
Other Chutney Recipes
If you have a plethora of fruit or would like to make a selection of chutneys to try, there are plenty of delicious recipes to choose from.
- Cranberry chutney with apples and oranges is a great alternative to cranberry sauce at the holiday table.
- For something completely unexpected, try kiwifruit chutney made with bananas and onion.
- A comforting combination of ginger, dry mustard, and warming spices makes a sweet and savory spiced papaya and golden raisin chutney.
- Rhubarb chutney is the perfect relish to make when this reddish-pink vegetable is in season.
- Ideal if you have a bumper crop of tomatoes, green tomato chutney is a nice change from ketchup at your next cookout.