If you would like to make your wedding favours or just add a personal touch to your wedding meal, why not make some chutney!
All you have to do is save some jars and their lids, pop to the fruit and veg market to get supplies, and you could make each favour for only about 50p. It takes about three or four hours to make 20 jars, so it’s quite time consuming, but most of the time is spent waiting for the cooking, so you can sit and have a glass of wine and wait!
Sweet and Spicy Onion Chutney for 20 people
What you need:
- 20 jars with lids
- At least two big saucepans
- 20 medium onions
- A big bag of brown sugar
- A bottle of balsamic vinegar
- Salt and pepper
- Ground cinnamon
- Ground nutmeg
- Flour (I used brown rice flour as we have a guest intolerant to gluten)
- Wax paper disks
- Rope/string/ribbon/elastic band
- Paper rounds to cover the lids, in your wedding theme/colours
What you need to do:
- Peel the onions
- Slice the onions in half and stick in a food processor on the slice function. Or, slice by hand
- Add a little bit of water to a big saucepan and start sweating all the onions for about hour until soft and mushy
- Add some balsamic vinegar and brown sugar to your taste (I like mine really strong, sweet and sour)
- Add the spices to taste, and the salt and pepper
- Stick on the lid of the saucepan and cook the mixture on low heat for another hour
- If needed, sift some flour in to the pan to thicken the mixture (you are looking for a gloopy, sticky consistency)
- Taste the mixture after simmering for an hour, if the onions are soft and the flavour is good, turn off the heat and leave to cool
- Take your jars, make sure you have cleaned them thoroughly and boiled them in hot water for five minutes to kill anything nasty!
- Spoon the chutney in to the jars and leave about 10mm from the top of the neck of the jar
- Place the wax paper disk on to the top of the mixture and press down so it sticks
- Pop the lid on as tight as you can make it
- Take your paper disk and tie it on to the jar around the neck – DONE!