Green Cherry Tomato Chutney

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Green Cherry Tomato Chutney
A tangy, sweet condiment to preserve the last of your summer tomatoes!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
pint
Ingredients
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
pint
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Bring tomatoes, sugar, vinegar, coriander, salt and pepper flakes to boil in Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until mixture thickens to jamlike consistency and rubber spatula or wooden spoon leaves distinct trail when dragged across bottom of pot, about 45 minutes to an hour. Stir in lemon juice.
  2. Transfer chutney to a pint jar with a tight-fitting lid and let cool to room temperature before refrigerating. Chutney can be refrigerated for up to 1 month.
Recipe Notes

A couple substitutions you can make:

  • If you wish to use normal green tomatoes, be sure to cut them up into 1-inch pieces before cooking
  • The original recipe calls for using white distilled vinegar, so feel free to use that or another favorite vinegar, in place of the apple cider vinegar
  • A note on the spicing - this recipe only includes coriander seeds and a pinch of red pepper flakes. I liked the simplicity both in terms of preparation and in terms of how the flavor balanced with the sugar and vinegar. However, my husband found it a bit one-sided. So if you want to boost the flavor profile, add other common chutney spices, like mustard seeds, ginger, or cinnamon.

Shiitakes Preserved in Oil

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Shiitakes Preserved in Oil
Tangy mushrooms with just a hint of tarragon, mustard and lemon.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 3 hours
Servings
cups
Ingredients
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 3 hours
Servings
cups
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Place the mushrooms in a medium mixing bowl and toss gently with the salt. Place a plate on top of the mushroom and weigh it down with a heavy object. Let the mushrooms sit for an hour. Drain, spread them on a clean towel and pat them dry.
  2. Bring the vinegar to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms, return to a boil, and boil until they have softened slightly but still have a nice meaty texture, 3-5 minutes. Drain and spread the mushrooms out on a clean towel and pat them dry. Let them dry until they are no longer damp, about 2 hours.
  3. Combine the oil, mustard seeds, tarragon and lemon zest in a small saucepan over medium heat. Heat, stirring from time to time, to just below a simmer (look for small bubbles to appear). Remove from the heat and let cool slightly.
  4. Place the mushrooms in a wide mouth pint-sized canning jar. Pour the infused oil over the mushrooms, adding more oil to submerge completely if necessary. Cover and refrigerate. To serve, bring to room temperature and remove only what you plan to use. Top the jar with oil as necessary to keep the remaining mushrooms submerged. Eat within 3 months.

Zucchine Sott’olio: Zucchini Preserved in Oil

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Zucchine Sott'olio: Zucchini Preserved in Oil
Adapted from Preserving Italy by Domenica Marchetti
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 2 hours
Servings
quart
Ingredients
Aleppo Spiced Oil
Pickled Zucchini
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 2 hours
Servings
quart
Ingredients
Aleppo Spiced Oil
Pickled Zucchini
Instructions
Aleppo Spiced Oil
  1. Add oil and spices together in a small saucepan, cover and heat over medium-low until just starting to simmer, about 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow spices to infuse the oil for at least an hour, longer if possible.
Pickled Zucchini
  1. Layer the zucchini in a colander set over the sink, sprinkling lightly with salt as you go. Place a heavy object on the top to weigh it down (I used canning jars). Let stand for 1 hour, then pat the slices dry with paper towels or clean kitchen towels.
  2. Combine the vinegar, water, and 2 tablespoons of salt in a large pot and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir to dissolve the salt. Add the zucchini, using a wooden spoon to submerge it in the brine. Cover and boil until the zucchini slices have lost their bright green color, about 3 minutes. Remove the slices from the brine and lay them on clean kitchen towels to dry for 1 to 2 hours.
To Finish
  1. Layer the dry zucchini in a quart sized canning jar and pour Aleppo oil over the top. You should have just enough to cover the zucchini but if not, pour over additional oil. Screw the lids on tightly and let sit at room temperature for 24 hours. Check to make sure the zucchini remains completely covered; if not, add more oil.
  2. Let the zucchini cure in the refrigerator for 1 week before using, then store in the refrigerator for up to 3 months. To serve, remove from the jar only as much as you plan to use and let it come to room temperature. Top off the jar as necessary to keep the zucchini submerged.
Recipe Notes

You can completely skip the first step and just use plain ol' olive oil. I just wanted to experiment and try something different.

Beet Stem Jam

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Beet Stem Jam
Makes about 1/2 cup
Course Appetizer
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Course Appetizer
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients except the lemon juice in a medium saucepan and mix to combine. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid has evaporated but with a small amount of syrupy liquid remaining. Transfer to a small, air-tight jar and cool to room temperature. Taste, adding lemon juice as needed to balance the sweetness. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Onion Turmeric Jam

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Onion Turmeric Jam
Flavorful, savory jam
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Heat oil over medium heat in a 12" non-stick skillet until shimmering. Add the onions, salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent and just starting to brown, about 5-7 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until almost all of the liquid has evaporated and the mixture is jammy, about 15 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Transfer to an air-tight container and cool to room temperature. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Recipe Notes

Makes about 1-1/2 cups