Every year I have grandiose illusions of canning apple butter and chutney and every year, half of that big ole bag of apples ends up getting thrown in the woods for the birds and animals. You see, in the past we have always taken the kids apple picking, so having that big ole bag of apples was more about the experience than the apple.
This year we did not go apple picking, but somehow a big ole bag of apples managed to find it's way here anyways. My parents stopped over one afternoon and bestowed them upon me. Well..........somehow when someone else pays for the apples and was thoughtful enough to buy them for me, there was no way I could just toss them out, now was there?
Out came the big canning pot and the recipe books. "Chutney"....there's just something about that word I like. Don't ask me why, because I couldn't tell you... I haven't ever had Chutney....but I just like the way it sounds.
Soooo......when I spotted Curried Apple Chutney in my canning book, I thought...mmmm that sounds good. Apples, raisins, sweet and hot peppers, brown sugar and vinegar...it has to be good, no?
The house was filled with the complex aromas of the ingredients and of course Hannah walked around wrinkling her nose and saying...ewwwww. I have to admit, that I was not sure that I was going to like it either, but heck....Ken will eat it...he'll eat anything :).
Next up.........."Apple Butter". I used this recipe and the only thing I can say is OMG....this is GOOD stuff! After canning the apple butter, I kind of thought I should have made more of the butter and less of the chutney, but.....I guess I can go get some more apples :)
Surprised to see me post 2 days in a row? I will admit, I have not been very good about blogging these last few months, but life is busy. After reading Margene's post about her act of sisterhood support for three dear friends who will make it all the way through 365, I decided to join her. (I think it was that sisterhood word that got to me.....grin)