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Peach Mango Chutney

Chutneys are a fast ferment, usually made from fruit, but with spices that give it more of a savory taste. The intense, concentrated flavor goes great with meat, fish, or veggie dishes, or even mixed into yogurt.

Chutneys and any fruit-based ferment are necessarily FAST (not more than 4 days) because they tend toward alcohol fermentation rather than lactic acid fermentation, the latter of which we are trying to achieve. This is true because the relatively higher sugar content of fruits (compared to vegetables) favors yeasts, the organisms responsible for producing alcohol.

Peach Mango Chutney
 
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A fun way to turn the fruits of summer into a savory condiment.
Recipe type: Condiment
Yield: 2 pints
Ingredients
  • 3 medium peaches or nectarines
  • 1 large red or 2 medium yellow mangoes
  • ½ cup raisins (red or golden)
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 2 Tablespoons raw honey
  • 2 Tablespoons liquid whey
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • ½ teaspoon mixed peppercorns
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon (preferably freshly grated)
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder mix (aka “pico de gallo” seasoning) OR 1 chipotle pepper (in adobo sauce)
  • 2 basil leaves
Instructions
Prepare
  1. Peel and dice peaches or nectarines and mango into ⅛-1/4 inch cubes. For a smoother texture, blend them using a blender or stick blender. Add to a medium mixing bowl.
  2. Mix honey, whey and lemon juice together.
  3. Chop raisins (or leave whole) and add to bowl.
  4. Chop basil into thin strips and add to bowl.
  5. If using, dice chipotle pepper and add to bowl. If not, add chile seasoning mix to bowl.
  6. Crush or crack peppercorns and grate/sprinkle cinnamon into bowl.
  7. Add liquid mixture and stir.
  8. Pour contents into a quart-sized mason jar or divide into two pint-sized mason jars.
Ferment
  1. Place lid on jar, but DO NOT TIGHTEN (so CO2 can escape without building up pressure.)
  2. Leave in a warm spot in your kitchen.
  3. After a few days, you should see bubbles form, letting you know that fermentation is underway. Stir contents together.
  4. Taste! When you’re happy with how it tastes, tighten lid and store in refrigerator.
  5. Contents may separate from liquid. Stir before using.

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