If you’ve been around for the last few weeks, you know that my fiance and I recently moved into a new apartment. To say it was a huge task is a major understatement. All the organizing I had neglected for years suddenly needed urgent attention.

Shelves of books and notes from university; boxes of art supplies from and craft projects abandoned half-way through; drawers and shelves and closets full of seldom-worn clothes; a makeup case with eyeshadow specimens rounding the bend on a half-decade; cupboards full of mismatched glasses and hand-me-down dishes; a massive storage unit full of camping gear/Christmas decorations/sports equipment (and no, neither of us play any sports). You get the picture.

Several dozen bottles of wine later, we had thinned out 6 years of accumulated possessions down to only the things that were either a) highly useful or b) very sentimental, and ideally both.

After such an undertaking, when we got into the new digs, all I wanted to do was relax and recover. So here it is, a month later, and we still don’t have our photos up or curtains hanging in our bedroom windows.

(If you’re reading this, new neighbours: I’m sorry…. or… er… you’re welcome? Awkward).

With the never-ending to do list compounded by travel, house guests, and work, exploring our new neighbourhood has been a slow process.

The absolute highlight of our sparse wanderings so far was the discovery of a bustling produce market in the thick of china town (called Sunrise Market, if you’re in Vancouver!). It. is. so. cheap.

See this box of mangoes? How much do you think it cost? $15? Maybe $10? NOPE.

This glorious box of perfectly ripe mangoes was mine for not a penny more than THREE piddly little dollars. I lugged them home with an air of smug triumph over the major grocery store down the street, and immediately embarked on a chutney adventure.

I made two batches to get this perfect. The first batch was small, I didn’t preserve it. I served it with little potato-and-pea samosas made with puff pastry. The second batch I made larger, and canned it. You can cut this recipe in half if you want to go small.

Chutney is a delicious addition to any Indian themed dinner, but is equally delicious in a plethora of non-Indian ways. In my version I kept the spices warm, but not decidedly ethnic. Cloves and ginger. Simple and delicious.

I have a tremendous affinity for chutney and turkey sandwiches with red onion and arugula – a nod to the traditional turkey and cranberry sauce. It is also a delicious accompaniment to pork, chicken, or salmon. You can warm it up to loosen it then brush it on any of the above as a glaze toward the end of cooking, or serve it on the side.

I have to keep reminding myself that there are onions in there, and that this would not taste good on ice cream.

If you decide to can it, follow the guidelines outlined here, processing it in the boiling water bath for 15 minutes.

Mango Chutney

Makes five 8-ounce jars. Recipe may be halved (using 2 mangoes) to yield about 2 cups of chutney.

  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 5 mangoes, peeled and chopped into 1-inch chunks
  • 3 tbsp grated fresh ginger
  • 3/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 cup raisins

1. Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan over medium heat, and add an inch or so of water to the bottom to prevent scorching. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat as mixture softens and begins to bubble. Stir often, breaking up the mango chunks with a wooden spoon, until the chutney is thick and fairly homogenous, with a just few intact mango chunks; about 40 minutes. Ladle into jars, and either refrigerate for use within 2 weeks, freeze, or process in a boiling water bath.

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Mariecinqmars
10 years ago

When I was young I remember all the peeling, and gosh THE PEELING, you make it look so effortless, thank you for the tutorial. 

Jennifer Pallian
10 years ago
Reply to  Mariecinqmars

I didn’t find it too bad, but if my kitchen were bigger, I certainly would have recruited a co-peeler…

Torviewtoronto
10 years ago

wonderfully done delicious looking tomatoes

Jennifer Pallian
10 years ago
Reply to  Torviewtoronto

Thank you!
 

Carmen Wong
Carmen Wong
10 years ago

Just a question – when you lower the jars to ‘process’ them, do you submerge the jars in the boiling water or just letting them sit in boiling water with the lids above water level?  Never done any canning before, hence this question.  Appreciate your response.

Jennifer Pallian
10 years ago
Reply to  Carmen Wong

They should be submerged by an inch or so.  

Carmen Wong
Carmen Wong
10 years ago

Thanks Jenn. Now I know and can give canning a try.  Canning is not commonly done in my part of the world (Tropics) – we get supply of tomatos year round.  

Andrina
Andrina
10 years ago

Wow! So yummy! The pictures are amazing too.

Jennifer Pallian
10 years ago
Reply to  Andrina

Thanks Andrina!

Laura
10 years ago

 Love home canned tomatoes. Can’t beat that fresh taste of summer in the dreary winter months!

Carmen Wong
Carmen Wong
3 years ago

Just a question – when you lower the jars to ‘process’ them, do you submerge the jars in the boiling water or just letting them sit in boiling water with the lids above water level?  Never done any canning before, hence this question.  Appreciate your response.

Jennifer Pallian
3 years ago
Reply to  Carmen Wong

They should be submerged by an inch or so.  

Carmen Wong
Carmen Wong
3 years ago

Thanks Jenn. Now I know and can give canning a try.  Canning is not commonly done in my part of the world (Tropics) – we get supply of tomatos year round.  

Torviewtoronto
3 years ago

wonderfully done delicious looking tomatoes

Jennifer Pallian
3 years ago
Reply to  Torviewtoronto

Thank you!
 

Mariecinqmars
3 years ago

When I was young I remember all the peeling, and gosh THE PEELING, you make it look so effortless, thank you for the tutorial. 

Jennifer Pallian
10 years ago
Reply to  Mariecinqmars

I didn’t find it too bad, but if my kitchen were bigger, I certainly would have recruited a co-peeler…

Laura
3 years ago

 Love home canned tomatoes. Can’t beat that fresh taste of summer in the dreary winter months!

Andrina
Andrina
3 years ago

Wow! So yummy! The pictures are amazing too.

Jennifer Pallian
3 years ago
Reply to  Andrina

Thanks Andrina!

Torviewtoronto
3 years ago

wonderfully done delicious looking tomatoes

Jennifer Pallian
3 years ago
Reply to  Torviewtoronto

Thank you!
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Carmen Wong
Carmen Wong
3 years ago

Just a question – when you lower the jars to ‘process’ them, do you submerge the jars in the boiling water or just letting them sit in boiling water with the lids above water level? &#160Never done any canning before, hence this question. &#160Appreciate your response.

Jennifer Pallian
3 years ago
Reply to  Carmen Wong

They should be submerged by an inch or so. &#160

Carmen Wong
Carmen Wong
3 years ago

Thanks Jenn. Now I know and can give canning a try. &#160Canning is not commonly done in my part of the world (Tropics) – we get supply of tomatos year round. &#160

Andrina
Andrina
3 years ago

Wow! So yummy! The pictures are amazing too.

Jennifer Pallian
3 years ago
Reply to  Andrina

Thanks Andrina!

Laura
3 years ago

&#160Love home canned tomatoes. Can’t beat that fresh taste of summer in the dreary winter months!

Jennifer Pallian
3 years ago

I didn’t find it too bad, but if my kitchen were bigger, I certainly would have recruited a co-peeler…

Laura
3 years ago

&#160Love home canned tomatoes. Can’t beat that fresh taste of summer in the dreary winter months!

Carmen Wong
Carmen Wong
3 years ago

Just a question – when you lower the jars to ‘process’ them, do you submerge the jars in the boiling water or just letting them sit in boiling water with the lids above water level? &#160Never done any canning before, hence this question. &#160Appreciate your response.

Jennifer Pallian
3 years ago
Reply to  Carmen Wong

They should be submerged by an inch or so. &#160

Torviewtoronto
3 years ago

wonderfully done delicious looking tomatoes

Jennifer Pallian
3 years ago
Reply to  Torviewtoronto

Thank you!
&#160

Andrina
Andrina
3 years ago

Wow! So yummy! The pictures are amazing too.

Jennifer Pallian
3 years ago
Reply to  Andrina

Thanks Andrina!

Jennifer Pallian
3 years ago

I didn’t find it too bad, but if my kitchen were bigger, I certainly would have recruited a co-peeler…

Laura
3 years ago

&#38#160Love home canned tomatoes. Can’t beat that fresh taste of summer in the dreary winter months!

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