Tomato Apple Chutney

Tomato Apple Chutney 2001

This is a classic homemade chutney; a real old-time pleaser.

Tart and sweet, it goes well with pork, turkey, sausage, game, lamb, etc. It’s also good with cheeses and pâtés.

The recipe

Jar size choices: Quarter-litre (1/2 US pint / 250 ml / 8 oz) OR half-litre (1 US pint / 500 ml/ 16 oz)

Processing method: Either water-bath or steam canning

Yield: 6 x half-litre (US pint) jars

Headspace: 2 cm (1/2 inch)

Processing time: 10 minutes either size jar

Tomato Apple Chutney

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Yield: 6 x half-litre (1 US pint)

Serving size: 2 tbsp

Calories: 40

Fat: .1 g

  • 2 kg tomatoes (about 4 pounds / 10 cups, chopped and peeled, about 15 large)
  • 400 g English cucumber, unpeeled (About 2 cups, chopped. About 1 lb)
  • 300 g whole onion (about 3 small to medium ones, about 1½ cups / 10 oz. 350 g / 12 oz whole before peeling.)
  • 250 g seeded, chopped sweet red Bell peppers (1½ cups / 8 oz, measured / weighed after seeding and chopping. About 2 medium)
  • 500 g of peeled, cored and sliced apple (4 cups / 1 lb)
  • 750 ml vinegar 5% or higher, white or cider (3 cups / 24 oz)
  • 500 g brown sugar (3 cups, lightly packed / 18 oz ) OR 3 teaspoons liquid stevia
  • 175 g raisins (about 1 cup / 6 oz)
  • 1 hot red pepper or 1 teaspoon dried chile flake
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon pickling salt OR 1 teaspoon salt sub
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons dried basil (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons dried marjoram (optional)
  1. Get a big pot at least 8 litres (US quarts) in size. Prep and add to pot all the veg from the tomatoes down to and including the apple. Then add all remaining ingredients. Stir.
  2. Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer and cook until the consistency of a thick commercial relish, or it mounds on a spoon. This could be as little as 45 minutes, or up to an hour, or longer, depending on how watery your tomatoes were. (Caution: Add NO starch thickener as that will affect heat penetration during canning and thus safety.)
  3. Stir frequently, especially in the last half of cooking as it thickens so that it doesn't burn.
  4. When done, adjust taste with spices or more salt sub / liquid stevia if desired.
  5. Pack hot into quarter-litre (1/2 US pint) jars or half-litre (US pint) jars.
  6. Leave 2 cm (1/2 inch) headspace.
  7. Debubble, adjust headspace.
  8. Wipe jar rims.
  9. Put lids on.
  10. Process in a water bath or steam canner.
  11. Process either size jar for 10 minutes; increase time as needed for your altitude.
  12. Best after at least a month of jar time.

Reference information

How to peel tomatoes.

How to water bath process.

How to steam can.

When water-bath canning or steam canning, you must adjust the processing time for your altitude.

For salt substitute, Herbamare Sodium-Free was used.

For stevia, Better Stevia liquid stevia was the stevia used.

More information about Sugar and Salt-Free Canning in general.


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The tomatoes needed: 2kg (10 cups). This type of tomato will take a bit longer to boil down.


Tomato and Apple Chutney

The ingredients are simple, but there is a lot of prep work that there is no getting away from….


Recipe notes

  • Wash all veggies of course before prepping them.
  • Allow about an hour time to assemble all this in the pot; prepping veggies just takes time. If you want to prep all the veggies the day before, store them in fridge overnight in a large covered tub with 250 ml (1 cup) of the vinegar stirred in.
  • No need to peel or seed cucumber. English cucumber is specified because most other cucumbers are sold with waxed skins. As the cucumber is not being peeled, you don’t want a waxed skin going into the mixture. If you grow your own cucumber, presumably then your own unwaxed cucumber is fine. If you only have a waxed-skin cucumber to hand, then peel it.
  • You can use green, yellow or orange bell peppers if you want.
  • How coarse or fine you want to chop the onion and pepper is down to you. The rest will all boil down into moosh so don’t worry about how finely chopped anything else is.
  • It will start off being about 6 litres (US quarts) in volume and then boil down to about half.
  • How long the boiling down takes depends on whether you used paste (dry) tomatoes such as Roma, or juicy tomatoes that are usually used for slicing and fresh-eating. With very watery tomatoes, you may need to simmer for up to 2 to 3 hours even to get a good thick spooning consistency. Do not add any thickeners such as flour, cornstarch, etc, or you risk making it unsafe for home canning.
  • The Ball / Bernardin Complete writers seem concerned about the apple browning, which is why you prep it last and then add the vinegar immediately afterward, though it’s not clear that any browning would make any difference in a dark recipe such as this.
  • For a darker chutney, you could try adding 1 to 2 teaspoons of Kitchen Bouquet.
  • You can use 1/2 teaspoon of minced, oil-free garlic from a jar instead of the 1 clove.


Recipe source

Kingry, Judi and Lauren Devine. Ball / Bernardin Complete Book of Home Preserving. Toronto: Robert Rose. 2015. Page 237.

This recipe also appears in:

  • Fruit Pickles and Chutney. SP 50-757. Oregon State University Extension Service. February 2013.
  • Ball Blue Book. Muncie, Indiana: Healthmark LLC / Jarden Home Brands. Edition 37. 2014. Page 83.

Modifications made:

  • Added additional flavouring of cloves, allspice, basil and marjoram.

To make original version, omit cloves, allspice, basil and marjoram.


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Nutrition information


Regular version

Per 2 tablespoons / 30 ml

  • 40 calories, 97 mg sodium

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Sugar and Salt Free Version

Per 2 tablespoons / 30 ml

  • 23 calories, 73 mg sodium
  • Weight Watchers PointsPlus®: 1 tablespoon, 0 points; 2 to 4 tablespoons: 1 point; 5 to 8 tablespoons: 2 points.

Tomato Apple Chutney Nutrition


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* Pickle Crisp ® is a registered trademark of the Jarden Corporation.

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