Fancy a bit of foraging and fabulous food for free (well almost)? Then this chutney is for you. If you like to zap up your sandwiches, burgers and the like with some relish and chutney then this Easy Homemade Elderberry Chutney will be the perfect addition to your store cupboard.
I just had to make use of all those lovely elderberries I picked at Carey’s place over the weekend. Had to make something a wee bit special with these tiny black jewels. Jam, jelly, liqueur? No, this has just got to be Elderberry Chutney!
Something hearty from such dainty little berries. Something to go well with cheese, to liven up a sandwich. Something savoury yet sweet.
When elderberries are perfectly ripe like this they expel their juice at the slightest touch. Let this be a warning to all those who like white clothing – beware of splats!
Elderberries are super healthy and packed with vitamins and minerals.
Ingredients for elderberry chutney
Elderberries, apples and sultanas make up the fruity part of this delicious elderberry chutney recipe.
Spices – these are all-important in any chutney – I have used a great mixture of cinnamon, ginger, cloves, mustard and nutmeg.
Vinegar and sugar are the ingredients that pull together your elderberry chutney and preserve it.
The complete list of ingredients and full instructions for making this recipe can be found on the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
How to make elderberry chutney
You’ll see in this recipe that I have just chucked in all my spices with the berries for the initial cooking. I’ve used powdered spices and the mustard seeds will get sieved out when you press the cooked berries through a sieve to remove the tiny pips. These pips are bitter so this step is pretty important and doesn’t take long at all.
The chunky little bits of apple and the sultanas (raisins if you don’t have sultanas) give a bit of texture here or you would really just have a sauce.
How to serve elderberry chutney
The rich almost black purple colour of this chutney is certainly eye catching and would look amazing on a cheese board with a rich blue cheese. It is also good with rich meats and roasts.
Try it on burgers too and BBQ. It has a strong enough taste to stand up to all sorts of foods and flavours.
How long will this chutney last?
This elderberry chutney will keep for up to 6 months is a cool cupboard. Once opened store in the fridge and use within a month.
Please Note – We do not usually do water bath or other canning methods here in the UK. Our preserves keep perfectly well without this.
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Easy Homemade Elderberry Chutney
- 500 g elderberries
- 1 onion small onion
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
- pinch pinch ground cloves
- pinch grated nutmeg
- 250 ml malt vinegar
- 1 apple medium apple
- 50 g sultanas
- 75 g brown sugar
- Rinse the elderberries and pick off the stems.
- Chop onion and heat the berries, onion, all spices and vinegar in a heavy based pan.
- Simmer for 40 minutes.
- Press this mixture through a wire sieve (dispose of stuff in the sieve obviously) and return what is pressed through to the pan.
- Peel and chop the apple into 1cm cubes.
- Add the apple, sultanas and sugar to the berry pulp in the pan and slowly bring to the boil allowing all the sugar to dissolve completely.
- Boil for 15 minutes and then spoon into 1 medium sized jar. Cover with wax disc and pop on the lid.
- This will keep for up to 6 months and once opened store in fridge and use within a month