Monday, October 22, 2007


The Bag Lady promised to share some of her fabulous secret recipes, and is keeping her promise. For those of you who have never done any canning, and don’t think you are able to do so because you don’t have a canner, blah, blah, blah, IT’S NOT HARD! If the Bag Lady can do it, so can you. All you really need is a very large pot with a lid, and a rack to keep the jars up off the bottom of the pot. The pot needs to be big enough to hold 6 jars, and tall enough that the water will cover the top of the jars by at least an inch. If you don’t want to try canning, send me bags and bags of money and I’ll send you some of my famous chutney!! (Or better yet, some of my absolutely out-of-this-world salsa…that recipe is going to the grave with me!!) :)

Hot & Spicy Pumpkin Chutney

4 cups prepared pumpkin
1 ½ cups dark brown sugar
1 ¼ cups malt vinegar
½ cup coarsely chopped onion
½ cup coarsely chopped dark raisins
3 hot yellow peppers, seeded and chopped
2 Tbsp minced garlic
2 Tbsp grated ginger root*
1 tsp salt

*or use powdered ginger to taste
To prepare the pumpkin, cut into large pieces, scrape out and discard seeds. Place pieces in large saucepan, bring to a boil; boil gently 20 minutes or until tender. Drain. OR bake pieces in a moderate oven until tender.
Remove rind from pulp. Mash pulp to a uniform consistency; measure 4 cups. Place pulp in large stainless steel or enamel saucepan, add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil; boil gently 45 minutes or until thick.
Ladle into hot jars, process in boiling water canner at least 10 minutes**

**Fill boiling water canner with water. Place 5 clean half-pint mason jars in canner over high heat.
Follow directions for Snap lids – usually means placing them in very hot water for 5 minutes to soften sealing compound.
Ladle chutney into hot jar, leaving ½ inch head space. Wipe jar rim to remove stickiness. Centre snap lid on jar, apply screw band until fingertip tight. Place jar in canner. Repeat for remaining chutney.
Cover canner; return water to a boil, process 10 minutes. Remove jars. Leave jars undisturbed for 24 hours. Check for seal – sealed lids curve downward.

This chutney is fabulous spooned over a block of cream cheese and served with a variety of crackers.
Now, not all of the Bag Lady's recipes are going to be this complicated - this one was a special request. The Bag Lady knows, too, that the person who wanted to see this recipe will Never Use It, but a promise is a promise!


Leah J. Utas said...

Sounds absolutely wonderful.
It also sounds like a great deal of work. Good for you.
I don't have the patience to can. I make salsa and freeze it. Works for me.

Anonymous said...

Sounds yummmy....

the Bag Lady said...

Oh, it is yummy. The Bag Lady doesn't even LIKE chutney, but this stuff is Really Good!
dfLeah - the Bag Lady finds it doesn't take any more time to do the canning than it does to do the freezing. Don't know if this chutney would freeze well - you could try it and let us know!

Crabby McSlacker said...

It really does sound tasty. But also like a lot of work, alas.

I often ask for recipes because I like the IDEA of making something, but it almost always turns out to be more complicated than I thought, or require ingredients I don't tend to have around.

So after the poor recipient of my request goes to all the trouble of giving me the recipe, I rarely get around to making it. I'll apologize now on behalf of all us well-meaning slackers out there.

Leah J. Utas said...

dfBag Lady - We've got a small pumpkin in the basement minding it's own business. Maybe I'll give it a go.

the Bag Lady said...

Crabby, the Bag Lady totally gets you! She is an incredible slacker, herself. That said, she sorta got forced into canning because what else are you going to do with a bounty of veggies from the garden? And once she gets started, well, it just mushrooms.
She promises future recipes will be much simpler.
dfLeah, do give it a try! It would be interesting to know how it freezes.

Reb said...

Sis, you are great - lol! You are right, there is no way in *#@! that I will use the recipe. I just thought, it is the season for pumpkins and someone might like something other pie.

If you cut the rind off first then boil until tender, then add other ingredients, wouldn't that work? With the requisite measuring of course.

When we carved pumpkins, is when he would scrape off the meat, that way, you can have Jack-o-lanterns too!

the Bag Lady said...

Reb - it is easier to get the rind off if you cook it first, but you can probably do it the other way if you want to save the pumpkin to use as a jack-o-lantern. The Bag Lady had lots of pumpkins last year, so didn't need to try to save the rind.