>> Friday, July 31, 2009
my parents have a beautiful plum tree in their backyard. the tree is very tall but a little lopsided - it actually was "sick" when it was younger and we were convinced it was going to die. but it didn't, and now, every two years or so, it makes a bumper crop of wild plums! these plums have a tart skin, but a sweet, yellow inside that is amazing! my mom and i cooked up some chutney and i just had to post the recipe because it was sooo good! if you like sweet and sour, this one's for you!
bunch of plums - i probably used about 2 pounds - seeded and cut in half
2 cups sugar, maybe more, depending on how tart your plums are
3 cloves garlic, sliced thinly
1 onion, sliced thinly
1/2 cup lemon juice
4 - 6 allspice berries, soaked in water
teaspoon of red chili flakes - more if you like a little kick in your chutney!
put all the ingredients into a non-reactive saucepan and bring to a boil. keep stirring to prevent burning. once it has boiled for 1 - 2 minutes, lower the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally. keep at a low simmer until thickened and reduced. pour into clean jars, put the lids on and let cool. (if you are an expert canner/preserve maker, please feel free to use proper canning technique!) it should keep in the fridge for a week or so - or longer in the freezer. we've eaten it with pork chops, roasted chicken and on toast. it's really awesome!
salt to taste