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Help - my 10 jars of tomato chutney are too runny.
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Old 24-08-2006, 10:44 AM
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Default Help - my 10 jars of tomato chutney are too runny.

Have grown my own tomatoes and made green tomato chutney yesterday - 10 jars.
Unfortunately it is too runny, I could scream. Made it last year and it was lovely. Think I haven't let the vinegar evaporate enough.

Don't know whether to put it back in the pan and boil it down, re sterilise jars or should I just chuck it.

Any thoughts.
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Old 24-08-2006, 10:54 AM
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Hi you could reheat and use a bit of arrowroot to thicken it arrowroot is clear so won't affect the look of the chutney
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Old 24-08-2006, 11:46 AM
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Yes if you put it back into the pan and bring back up to the boil, then carry on simmering it until it is thicker. Wash and sterilise your jars again and rebottle and it should be fine.

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Old 24-08-2006, 12:06 PM
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Strain some of the excess vinegar off - just put the chutney into a sieve and let some of the vinegar drain off.

Then ... put the chutney back in the pan and simmer until thicker. A long slow simmer is best, with the lid OFF the pan. Had to the same with my plum chutney at the weekend.
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Old 24-08-2006, 12:52 PM
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A long slow simmer is best, with the lid OFF the pan. Had to the same with my plum chutney at the weekend.
That is were I made the mistake. For some stupid reason I put the pan lid ON so didn't let the vinegar evaporate.
When I get home from work today will try and fix. Just the thought of having to clean those jars again.

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Old 24-08-2006, 9:28 PM
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deginately reboil then repot into sterile jars
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Hurray,
I strained some of the vinegar away and simmered the rest to reduce the vinegar and it has at last thickened up enough to put back into the jars.

Feeling quite pleased with myself. Will try and make another batch in a couple of weeks and see if I can get it right first time.
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Hurray,
I strained some of the vinegar away and simmered the rest to reduce the vinegar and it has at last thickened up enough to put back into the jars.

Feeling quite pleased with myself. Will try and make another batch in a couple of weeks and see if I can get it right first time.
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Hi would you post the recipe please, I have never made Tomato chutney but would love to make some.
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Default Chutney help

I followed Catznine's recipe for chutney, and it tastes lovely, but it isn't thickening up. I have simmered it for a while, but not sure whether I haven't given it long enough.

Any idea what I can do :confused:
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It should set as it cools down, if not try a fast simmer but stir it or else it will catch. My last batch was a little bit runny as I didn't have the time to do this (puppy was a bit demanding:rolleyes it still tastes good and will do for popping on some ham in salads etc. Are you making apple chutney or plum? Plums have more liquid in so perhaps a little less vinegar next time.
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HI

Thanks for the reply, I made apple and plum as that was what was on the trees in the garden. It tastes lovely, but is quite runny, but I'll try less vinegar next time.

I'll just put it down to another learning experience on my way to being a Domestic Goddess
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Old 26-08-2008, 7:47 AM
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Default my chutney is all runny? what can I do

Hi all I posted about my glut of plums yesterday and barneysmum very kindly gave me this link to a recipie for some chutney.http://uktv.co.uk/food/recipe/aid/511709

As i had a lot of plums I doubled up the quantities. After te required amount of cooking time it was still very runny so i left it to cook some more. I bottled it and it was still very runny but I thought it may have formed up overnight. Alas no! Any ideas on how I can get it a bit firmer. Can i put it back into a pan at this late date and cook it some more? Any ideas on what went wrong?
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It is simply a matter of putting it all back in the pan and cooking it some more! It is hard to give a precise time for chutney because the ingredients vary in the amount of water they contain. Boil it (fairly gently, don't let it burn) till it is thick enough to leave a trail when you stir it with a wooden spoon. As you say, it will thicken up a bit more as it cools, but must be quite thick to start with. All you are doing by boiling it further is evaporating the water. Once enough has evaporated, it will be nice and thick. Good luck.
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cheers thanks!!!
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I made some chutney a few days ago (mango though) and it took just short of 3 hours to reduce down to being syrupy.
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Hi mrs baggins,

I hope you managed to get it sorted out. I have added your thread to an earlier one on runny chutney to keep the suggestions together.

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well I had three jars of quite rnny plum chutney yesterday and so I bunged it all back in the pan for about an hour and I now have TWO jars of plum chutney! hopefully these will set nice
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I have chutney on the cooker now. I've simmered it, lid off for 3 hours and it still is really runny, with no hint of sticking at the bottom of the pan.

1/2 an hour ago I strained off some of the liquid, but it's looking quite pathetic - like a load of veg sitting in vinegar tbh. Nowhere near a chutney consistency.

I'm really down about it. Will cornflour do the trick or will I ruin the entire batch? I really want to rescue this as I forked out on cyder vinegar for the occasion

It doesn't have a high fruit content - it's marrow with onions, tomatoes and apples. Does anyone have any rescue tips for me. Having read through the thread I think I've tried everything............
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I have chutney on the cooker now. I've simmered it, lid off for 3 hours and it still is really runny, with no hint of sticking at the bottom of the pan.

1/2 an hour ago I strained off some of the liquid, but it's looking quite pathetic - like a load of veg sitting in vinegar tbh. Nowhere near a chutney consistency.

I'm really down about it. Will cornflour do the trick or will I ruin the entire batch? I really want to rescue this as I forked out on cyder vinegar for the occasion

It doesn't have a high fruit content - it's marrow with onions, tomatoes and apples. Does anyone have any rescue tips for me. Having read through the thread I think I've tried everything............
I wouldn't have advised straining off the liquid - this will contain the sugar and vinegar which are essential if the chutney is to keep

I'd put them back and be patient in your boiling down of the chutney - it'll work in the end, but may take a while, with high water content ingredients

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Thanks Penny; I've taken your advise and just need to be more patient. I was panicking at the thought of all those wasted ingredients (and time!)
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