How to Make Mrs Ball’s Chutney – Easy to Make Mrs Ball’s Chutney Recipe

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How to Make Mrs Ball's Chutney - Easy to Make Mrs Ball's Chutney Recipe
Recipe type: Preserves and Sauces
Cuisine: South African
Serves: 5-6kg
Mrs HS Ball's Chutney is one of South Africa's greatest contributions to the culinary world. In SA it is a household name, and it is also exported to North America, the UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. This is how to make your own Mrs Balls chutney at home.
  • 650g Dried peaches
  • 250g Dried Apricots
  • 1 Liter + 1.25 liters Brown grape vinegar
  • 2.5kg White sugar
  • 500g Onion chopped
  • 120g Salt (Kosher, non-iodated)
  • 75ml Cayenne pepper
  • 30ml Dried chilli flakes
  1. To start, place 650g of dried peaches and 250g of dried apricots in a large bowl.
  2. Pour a liter of brown grape vinegar over the dried fruit. Stir the fruit around briefly to separate and get everything submerged.
  3. Cover the bowl and allow this to stand for 24 hours, giving it a stir every few hours during this time.
  4. The following day the fruit will have absorbed almost all of the vinegar. Strain the fruit in a colander, and save any syrup that runs into the catch bowl.
  5. Transfer the fruit to your food processor and machine this until almost fine. The texture should resemble that of ground beef.
  6. Tip the ground fruit into a bowl, add the reserved syrup and stir this in.
  7. To continue, chop 500g of onion, measure 120g of salt, 75ml of cayenne pepper and 30ml or 2 tablespoons of dried chilli flakes.
  8. Place all of these along with the ground fruit into a large pot. I am using a digital pressure cooker without the lid.
  9. Pour in 1.25 liters of brown grape vinegar and stir until everything is well combined.
  10. Pour in 2.5kg of white sugar and stir this until the sugar has dissolved.
  11. Bring the por to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer and allow this to continue cooking for about 2 hours until it has thickened to a syrup, glossy sauce. It will darken substantially during this time as well.
  12. Sterilize your bottles in your dishwasher and pour the hot chutney into the hot bottles. Put the lids on and you're done.
  13. Enjoy your chutney with any type of curry, with burgers, hot dogs.... in fact just about any food enjoys a splash of Mrs Balls chutney.


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