Monday, May 16, 2011

Pear Chutney

Another pear recipe. Yes, I know. You are probably over pears by now, but the key to food self-sufficiency is to grow your own or buy what is in season, when the price is low, and preserve, preserve, preserve.

This chutney goes great with cheese and crackers, and can also be served with meats such as salami and cabana.


1.5kgs pears

2 cups apple cider vinegar

1 ¼ cups brown sugar

1 medium to large onion, finely chopped

1 cup sultanas

2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground cloves

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper


1. Peel, core and dice the pears into cubes of approximately 1-2cm.

2. Place your vinegar and brown sugar into a pot and bring to the boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally to ensure that the sugar dissolves.

3. Add all the remaining ingredients to the pot and return the mixture to the boil.

4. Reduce the heat and simmer until the chutney thickens and reduces by about 1/3. This will take about 2 hours.

5. Remove your pot from the heat and fill your hot, sterilised jars with your chutney, being sure to leave a head space of about 2cm.

6. Cap your jars with new lids and process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes

7. Remove your jars from the boiling water bath with your jar lifter and place them on a tea towel on your kitchen counter and allow to cool.

8. Once cool, label and store in your pantry.



  1. I have to get me a pear tree

  2. New to your blog -- I want to learn to be more green and that's how I found you - and I LOVE pears and I'll be trying this in the near future.. thanks

  3. Hi, just found your blog. Love to make jams and last summers I did chutneys with the tomatoes. This pear chutney look really yum!

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