Preserving My Sunday

Fresh quality ingredients straight from the Otago Farmers Market to my kitchen bench.

Fresh quality ingredients straight from the Otago Farmers Market to my kitchen bench.

Jams and Preserves

Jams and preserves are perfect ways to hold on to and eat delicious fruit and vegetables when not in season. From pickles, chutneys to jams and sauces the possibilities are endless. One thing I have just started really getting into. Yesterday I made mixed berry jam and a few weeks ago I made Heirloom Green Tomato and Ginger Chutney. I think I have the preserving bug and what a great one it is to have!

  • Rhubarb, Vanilla bean and Granny Smith apple jam on the go today. Rhubarb and Granny smith apples from The Otago Farmers Market in #gigatowndunedin .
  • Omega Plum and Green apple Jam
  • Quince and Cranberry Jam

Check back later for the finished products and achievable recipes that anyone out there can make.

Heirloom Green Tomato and Ginger Chutney

Green Tomato Ginger Chutney

Quick and Easy Cupboard Keeper- Green Tomato and Ginger Chutney

The house filled with sweet smells of ginger and apple , tangy notes of vinegar and chili one way to entice the neighbour’s with this delicious aroma wafting out of the house.

1.5kg heirloom green tomatoes, diced
3 tsp. fresh root ginger, grated
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 red capsicum, sliced
2 green apples, cored and sliced
1 3/4 cup. white vinegar
1 3/4 cup. brown sugar
3 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. chili powder


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large pot and simmer for 2 hours, stirring occasionally to avoid sticking.
  2. With a stick  blender, blitz hot mix until slightly smooth, you want some lumps of tomato and apple to give it texture and body.
  3. Sterilize 5-6 medium jars and lids.
  4. Place hot jars on a tea towel, fill with hot chutney, clean the rim of the jar and seal while hot.
  5. Cool on a wire rack, then place in the cupboard. (don’t forget to date the jars)
  6. Last for up to 3 months in dry, cool cupboard and up to 3 weeks refrigerated after opening.

Perfect for serving on a cracker with cheese, folded through plain rice for a tasty change. Great to gift to friends or family.

Let me know how your chutney making went.