How to Make Mrs Ball's Chutney - Easy to Make Mrs Ball's Chutney Recipe
Recipe type: Preserves and Sauces
Cuisine: South African
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
- To start, place 650g of dried peaches and 250g of dried apricots in a large bowl.
- Pour a liter of brown grape vinegar over the dried fruit. Stir the fruit around briefly to separate and get everything submerged.
- Cover the bowl and allow this to stand for 24 hours, giving it a stir every few hours during this time.
- 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.
- Transfer the fruit to your food processor and machine this until almost fine. The texture should resemble that of ground beef.
- Tip the ground fruit into a bowl, add the reserved syrup and stir this in.
- To continue, chop 500g of onion, measure 120g of salt, 75ml of cayenne pepper and 30ml or 2 tablespoons of dried chilli flakes.
- Place all of these along with the ground fruit into a large pot. I am using a digital pressure cooker without the lid.
- Pour in 1.25 liters of brown grape vinegar and stir until everything is well combined.
- Pour in 2.5kg of white sugar and stir this until the sugar has dissolved.
- 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.
- Sterilize your bottles in your dishwasher and pour the hot chutney into the hot bottles. Put the lids on and you're done.
- 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.