So here is the first thing I have made from the fabulous produce out of my neighbour’s amazing allotment.
I have adapted this recipe from a BBC Good Food recipe so thanks to them for the inspiration.
- 1.6 kg cooking apples (peeled and cored weight) chopped
- 400g light muscovado sugar
- 500g sultanas
- 2 medium onions, finely chopped using Food Chopper
- 1½ tsp mustard seeds
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- ½ tsp mixed spice
- 1 tsp salt
- 500ml cider vinegar
Peel, core and chop all the apples (made really easy with the Pampered Chef Apple Wedger, Vegetable Peeler and Forged Cutlery Knives).
Add all ingredients to the large Stockpot.
Bring the mixture to the boil over a medium heat. Simmer uncovered, stirring frequently, for 1-2 hrs, until thick and pulpy.
Remove from the heat, transfer to sterilised, clean and dry jars and seal. And enjoy a small sense of smugness at having started making Christmas presents!!
Note about sterilising jars. I know that you can put the jars in an oven for a while but I am always a last minute kind of girl! I therefore always sterilise jars the way Nigella Lawson suggests, which is to quarter fill each jar with water, Microwave on High for 10 mins. Job done!