Elderberry Chutney ready to be eaten, on a spoon..
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My New Journey: Elderberry Chutney

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As it is now autumn and autumnal fruits are in abundance, it is the usual time to make jam. However, I for one have difficulty in keeping my weight down. This is a perpetual challenge. As this is my new adopted home, I am still game for new things. Since I have done jam, now I must do something else other than jam.

I was in the dog ‘school’ a few weeks back and came across an elderberry ‘tree’ ( it is actually  a shrub, but I think it must be pretty matured/old to grow to tree height). The lady at the Kennel club saw me admiring the fruits and we had a chat. She said it was ok for me to pluck the berries ( Mind you, the branches are from the neighbour’s. But it is ok as what ever falls or goes over the fence belongs to the neighbour/public. Anyway, that was what I learnt in law lessons.)


So I decided to pluck the berries. I went home and weighed it and it was not even 500 grammes. So I kept it in the fridge and took some more the next week. 

I now have about a kilo. Not wanting to consume too much sugar, I decided to make chutney instead of jam. I searched the internet and found several recipes and tweaked it here and there. This is the first time I am making chutney.

It turned out not to be as daunting as I thought. I ran our of vinegar so I used a mixture of malt, cider and wine vinegar and it turned out the flavour is not so sharp or tart. So it is ok. I gave one to my friend and he likes it. Yay…!

Here is the recipe:

Elderberry Chutney

Quick Info

Makes: 2 regular jars
Difficulty: easy
Cost: £
Time: 40 mins to prep,


1 kg Elderberries
1 Onion ( about 150g)
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Cinnamon powder
1 tsp Nigella seeds or onion seeds
¼ tsp Nutmeg powder
¼ tsp Cloves powder
¼ tsp Ginger powder
500 ml Vinegar ( malt or a combination)
2 Medium sized Bramley apples – chopped into 1 cm cubes (about 500g)
100g Raisins
150g Brown sugar

2 Jam jars


  1. Rinse the elderberries and pick the fruits off the stems using a fork.
  2. Chop the onion and add all the ingredients except the apples, raisins and brown sugar.
  3. Bring to boil and simmer for about 45 minutes. Check and stir occasionally to prevent burning.
  4. Press the mixture through a wire sieve. This will take a while and is quite tedious.
  5. Place the strained mixture back to the pan with the apples, raisins and sugar and bring it to the boil again, making sure the sugar has dissolved.
  6. Simmer for 15 minutes.
  7. Spoon into the jars. Cover with wax disc and put on the lid while still warm.
  8. Leave aside to cool and store.
  9. Once opened, it can be kept in the fridge…for quite a long time. About 2 months.

I still have mine in the fridge and it is still fresh.


Elderberry Chutney ready to be eaten, on a spoon..
Elderberry Chutney, I found a way of making chutney. My first try and I am happy with it. Now I am enjoying it, Not too sour.


Elderberry Chutney ready to be eaten, on a spoon..
Elderberry chutney out from the jar. Goes well with salad and curries, too.

I hope you like my new adventure.

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Do try the recipe and tell me how yours go. 

Till the next  post, cheers.


Penang Lassie

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