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Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Apple Pickle

I've been making Apple Pickle off and on for many years. The recipe comes from a little paperback book which was produced by a magazine called 'Home and Freezer Digest' I checked the publication date for the book and it is 1981 :o At the time there were very few food magazines and I loved that little magazine. Anyway, back to the Pickle, all the recipes in the book were provided by readers of the magazine and this one came from a Mrs Una Spear from Devon who got it from a friend.

1lb (450g) onions, peeled
1 1/2 lb (675g) cooking apples, peeled and cored
1lb (450g) stoned dates
1lb (450g) sultanas
1lb (450g) soft brown sugar
1 lev teasp salt
pinch of cayenne pepper
1 pint (550ml) ready spiced malt vinegar

1. Mince the onions, apples and dates in a large bowl
I used to have an electric mincer, but it doesn't work anymore, so I just chop them in my ancient, but still functional, Moulinex food processor (circa 1980)!
This is the vinegar that I used.

2. Mix in the sultanas, sugar, salt and cayenne pepper.
4. Cover with a cloth and leave for 24 hours.
Pack into warm, clean jars, cover, seal and label. Put the jars in a cool dark place for about 2 months before using. Makes about 6lb

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At 17 September 2009 at 06:47 , Blogger Cupcakes and Cornwall said...

Hooray! Another apple recipe! I need them to get through the glut of apples in my kitchen. Thanks Farmersgirl. I'll make this at the weekend x

At 17 September 2009 at 11:09 , Blogger Karen said...

ooo my Mum used to make this one from the same book!!!!

How long does it keep Janice? X

At 17 September 2009 at 14:14 , Blogger Judy said...

Still getting used to your jargon. Could this be called a chutney?

At 17 September 2009 at 14:33 , Blogger Janice said...

Judy - It is a sort of a chutney, but I would consider chutney to be something cooked and pickle is something uncooked but preserved in vinegar. You do use them in the same way though.

Karen - that makes me feel even older and I KNOW I am not as old as your mum!

At 17 September 2009 at 22:13 , Blogger The imPerfect Houswife said...

I have never heard of that but hey, I'm up for anything! I read your blog with an English accent, just so you know. New recipes...I'm ALL about those!!!!!! Can't wait to come back ~ ā™„ I love how you all say "mum".

At 17 September 2009 at 22:26 , Blogger kate the bake said...

I had forgotten all about home & freezer digest, my mum used to read it. If I remember rightly they were useful and practical. Must look out for some at junk shops to rediscover more childhood recipes (and chores)!

At 18 September 2009 at 09:03 , Blogger Janice said...

You need to read my blog with a SCOTTISH accent!

At 19 September 2009 at 05:02 , Anonymous said...

sultanas ? i had to do a search to find this one... RASISNS!
this looks so good, will have to put it on my short list of new recipes to try! thanks for sharing...


At 19 September 2009 at 20:16 , Anonymous Weekend Carnivore said...

I really need to learn how to do preserves. For some reason it is something that has passed me by but I am getting itchy to learn.


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