Chutneys - ratios of sugar and vinegar to fruit

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cheshirecheese

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Chutneys - ratios of sugar and vinegar to fruit
« on: January 29, 2023, 13:22 »
Is there a standard ratio of fruit (weighed together with onions if using) to vinegar and sugar?  The reason I ask  is that a recipe I'd like to use gives the number of fruit (and also the onions) rather than the weight, and I suspect mine might be larger than average in both cases!

Also, does layering peeled fruit with a little salt and leaving overnight help the pieces to stay in tact rather than turning mushy?  And do you then not add salt if specified in the recipe?

Thanks  :)

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Re: Chutneys - ratios of sugar and vinegar to fruit
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2023, 15:49 »
My basic recipe is..
500g apples
500g onions
1000g 'others' these could be fruit, including dried fruit, or vegetables.
350g vinegar (cider or malt)
350g sugar
1 Tablespoon salt.
Slowly bring to the boil, and then simmer 'til contents are soft and the chutney it is thick enough to pot up. This will depend on which fruit/veg you've used
Hope that helps

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Re: Chutneys - ratios of sugar and vinegar to fruit
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2023, 16:52 »
We managed to make our chutney with the absolute minimum of sugar - like a couple of ounces for several jars, as it's absolutely verboten here!

I still have plenty from 2019 lurking in the cupboard and the vinegar seemed to do the preservation trick!

I have to admit though, I zapped up a few jars with some nigh-on sugar-free damson jam, and added a handful of chillis, and we have loads of the best chilli jam we've had in ages!

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Re: Chutneys - ratios of sugar and vinegar to fruit
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2023, 15:37 »
Many thanks for the replies.  I've made many chutneys in my time, but this is a mango chutney that simply says 'four large mangoes', 'one Bramley apple' and 'one onion' along with the other ingredients.  Another specifies 900g mangoes, but I bought four mangoes according to the first recipe, and they weigh more than three times that without the Bramley and onion!  That's why I wondered if there was a standard ratio I could apply.  I'll therefore go along with your suggested ratio, Mumofstig, which looks to be 2kg in total to 350g each of vinegar and sugar plus a tbsp salt  :)


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