Chutney has never really been a part of my life. Not that I don’t like chutney, it just wasn’t something we ever really had. I’m not sure if it is a regional condiment, and no one growing up in SoCal used it, or if it was just never a tradition in my family.
Whatever the reason for eating chutney, I never really had a desire to make the stuff. My opinion was that it was funky tasting, too sweet, and weird (though I had never tried it…). When I got The Joy of Pickling, however, I saw a recipe for Peach Chutney that I couldn’t resist. I’m actually finding it hard to turn down any peach recipe that I run across due to the fact that its peach season in Colorado and I am trying to stow away as many peaches as I can before they leave.
I honestly don’t know why I never let myself try this stuff before. The smell really hits you first, and fills the entire house while its cooking. It smells delicious, if not a little overwhelming when standing right over it. The taste is deliciously sweet, tangy, and spice all at the same time. I can’t wait to try some of this stuff on a roast. Yummy!
Oh! And I just have to say…I found these new jars at the grocery store with a pretty design on the lids and labels. I was getting so tired of the fruit motif, which was all I could find for this size…I am so glad they have improved the design!