William The Coroner’s Forensic Files

Saturday, 28, June, 2008

Saints Preserve Us In Mason Jars

Filed under: Food and Drink — williamthecoroner @ 17:13

I love the summer when berries and sweet corn and other crops come into season.  Berries in particular but there’s lots of things that are seasonal.  I like preserving things.  It’s kind of interesting; you make the environment too hostile for bacteria in various ways.  Most methods, including smoking, pickling, jamming make the local environment too dry, either by driving off the water (smoking) or by having such a hypertonic solution that no self-respecting bacterium can go about its business.  I was at the West Side Market yesterday, and I bought $30.00 worth of mangoes.  Yes, it’s time for mango chutney!

 

As an aside, thirty dollars worth of mangoes is a lot of mangoes.  The stand that had the best price was the one just off West 25th street, and my car was in the shade by the Hungarian church.  Yes, I managed to have the furthest walk possible and no shopping trolley.  As I stopped, I noticed two recruiters who had bought lunch, one Marine, one Navy, both O-3s.  As I passed, the Navy lieutenant asked me if I needed some help.  As she was a small blond woman, and I’m coming up on a BRN1 birthday, this damaged my ego somewhat, but I struggled on without her help.  Or she could have been flirting—she could have been, but unfortunately no, she wasn’t.

 

Be that as it may, I managed to get the mangoes to the car without further incident.  The cutting and marinating have commenced, and I’ve just obtained some new, wide mouth jars.  The chutney is chunky and aromatic, and the kitchen smells of mango, onion, cinnamon, ginger, and pepper.   It’s sitting in the fridge now, and tomorrow will be put up in jars.  The recipe is in the comments section. 

 

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3 Comments »

  1. Mango Chutney

    8 mangoes – peel and chop
    2 cups cider vinegar
    2 cups granulated sugar
    1 cup dark brown sugar
    2 large onions – chopped
    6 cloves garlic – crush and chop
    3 t ground black pepper
    ½ t salt
    ½ t cayenne pepper
    1 T cinnamon
    1 T ginger
    ½ t ground cloves
    1 t allspice
    2 t mustard seeds
    1 c raisins
    2 large green apples – chopped

    Mix everything together and refrigerate overnight

    The next day, bring mixture to a boil. Simmer for 30 minutes. Ladle into hot, sterilized jars. Process for 10 minutes

    Comment by williamthecoroner — Saturday, 28, June, 2008 @ 17:13 | Reply

  2. Oh, yum. Mango is my favorite.

    Unfortunately, I can’t eat any. Not without an epi-pen, and then only in the parking lot of my local ER.

    Comment by Angry Professor — Saturday, 28, June, 2008 @ 18:27 | Reply

  3. Yum. very similar to one I used to make with unripe pears from our neighbor’s tree, when we lived in NC. Love chutney. Love canning things. “Putting Food By” is my Bible.

    Comment by Shay — Sunday, 29, June, 2008 @ 22:25 | Reply


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