Not Quite The Farmers Daughter

Not Quite The Farmers Daughter

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Sparkling Cherry Chutney for Christmas Please!!!

It's hard to believe we are already in the full swing running towards Christmas.  I know like many of you I have many lists being made, one for gifts and several for meal plans for all the dinners and parties that my family will be having or attending.  This year we are on a tight budget, so I have challenged myself to be as creative as possible to create gifts of food for family and friends.  This year I decided I wanted some sparkle and I created a wonderful chutney packed full of flavor.  This one is easy to can or just make up a batch for dinner.  It's wonderful on hot sliced roasted turkey or wonderful on a sandwich filled with all your dinner leftovers.

Sparkling Cherry Chutney

1 10oz jar of cherry preserves
1/2 cup dried cranberries
2 tbsp crystallized ginger
1/4 cup raw sugar
1 tbsp honey
1/3 cup orange juice
1 cup Moscato

In a small sauce pan over medium heat add all your ingredients except the Moscato.  Bring to a boil and then turn down heat to a simmer.  Stir often because this will thicken fast as the water from the orange juice boils off.  Once this coats the back of a spoon add your Moscato and take off the heat.  The coolness of the Moscato will cause your chutney to thicken quickly.  If you want a thinner chutney add more Moscato 1 tbsp at a time to get desired consistency.  Pour into a bowl to cool and refrigerate for a couple of hours before serving to let flavors mingle.  If canning, pour into your clean, sterilized jar and put in a hot water bath for 15 minutes.  Remove from hot water bath and let cool.  Make sure lid sucks in for a good seal. 


**I use Ball Canning Guidelines for Jams and Jellies for canning this chutney.

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