Originally Posted by ion
we are in the process of making some home made chutney
just wondering if there are any guidelines on how use to Preservative so it does not spoil easily
thanks in advance
A chutney maker of 40 summers replies.
The vinegar (it's important to use vinegar with a minimum of 5% acidity - 6% is better) and the sugar in the chutney recipes, the boiling and the proper sealing of the jars does the preserving. That's the point of chutney. You don't need additional preservatives. Most of the recipes I use say you can keep the results for a year. Not in my family you can't - unless you hide them carefully
. Seriously though, I've kept some of mine for nearly two years and they have been fine. In fact most chutneys improve with storing for a couple of months.
However, be careful with Indian recipes for chutneys to be eaten as a side dish to a main course. They are often not intended for long keeping.