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#1 Thu 27 Sep 12 5:33pm

mincepie

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Member since Tue 07 Oct 08

Listening to the "click" of lids

Quietly sitting here,mug of tea to hand, only disturbed by the reassuring click of the lids on todays batch of chutney.
I've given up hope of tomatoes being sun rippened, harvested and chutneyed them. Indeed green tomato is my favourite.
Pears to deal with this weekend.
Aarrrg the smell of boiling vinegar disinfects the whole house lol

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#2 Thu 27 Sep 12 8:11pm

mummza

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Re: Listening to the "click" of lids

I think we are much the same ... Giving up on the tomatoes being ripened and they will be turned into chutney very soon.
It's been a miserable summer for us , the tomato plants were planted early and we still have only had a few ripe tomatoes .
I am seriously wondering if it's worth growing them next year.

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#3 Thu 27 Sep 12 11:23pm

mincepie

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Re: Listening to the "click" of lids

Snap here Mummza, its been a rubbish year for growing. The slug invasion has been the worst ever. But the blackberries are the best ever and courgettes have done well.
Nope I may not bother with the toms next year.

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#4 Fri 28 Sep 12 1:27pm

BritFinn

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Member since Thu 26 Aug 10

Re: Listening to the "click" of lids

Do you have a recipe you could share Mincepie?  I've got the same proble here, and was wondering what to do with them. big_smile

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#5 Fri 28 Sep 12 2:12pm

The White Rabbit

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From Sydney, Australia
Member since Tue 22 Jun 04

Re: Listening to the "click" of lids

It's the best sound in the world

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#6 Fri 28 Sep 12 2:51pm

Birdymum

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From Newcastle, NSW, Australia
Member since Thu 23 Oct 08

Re: Listening to the "click" of lids

So far through the first month of spring has gone and getting the odd mini tomato from the vines that have come up through the winter. One advantage of living in a natural hot house.

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#7 Thu 04 Oct 12 9:03pm

mincepie

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Member since Tue 07 Oct 08

Re: Listening to the "click" of lids

Sure Britfinn,
900grms tomatoes [ made up with 3 or 4  red ones]
350gs cooking onions
90gs raisins
250gs light brown sugar
1 or 2 chilli  to your taste
2tsp yellow mustard seeds
300mls vinegar
1 tsp salt
Chop toms and onions small, chilli I slice in rings, seeds and all.
The red toms I skin first ,  leave seeds in, Green ones I dont skin.
Put all in your widest shallowest pan and bring to boil, after half an hour add the red tomatoes, continue to cook till you can draw a wooden spoon on the bottom and leave a gap for a few seconds. Moses parting the sea style.
Takes roughly 40 -50 minutes.
Stir now and then.
Pot in usual manner in sterile jars,fill right to the top, shove a spoon handle in to disperse any air bubbles you may have.Leave for at least 6 weeks for vinegar to mellow.
I use white wine vinegar but cider, white or any would do.
If you have masses of toms to use up then times by 1 and half but I find any more and its takes too long to evaporate and results are over cooked and too sludgy. Better to do more small batches for a  better chutney. You could have more pans going at the same time.
The above amounts yield 4/5 medium jars.
Hope you like this as much as we do. Its worth growing your own just to make this recipe.  wink

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#8 Sun 07 Oct 12 12:47pm

BritFinn

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Member since Thu 26 Aug 10

Re: Listening to the "click" of lids

Thanks mince pie, I'll give this a go!  thumbsup

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