This super easy green bean chutney is super easy to make, delicious and the perfect way to use up a glut of gorgeous runner beans in the garden. Serve with everything from a cheeseboard to BBQ.
What’s to love about this chutney recipe
- chutney is much easier to make than jam if you are new to preserving so a great place to start
- This green bean chutney recipe is a brilliant way to use up a glut of green beans in the garden or when you have managed to buy some cheap in the supermarket
- Green bean chutney can go with everything from a ploughman’s lunch to a burger and more
Ingredients for this green bean chutney
Green beans are the stars of the show with this green bean chutney of course. There is also onions, sugar and vinegar.
For the spice element, I have turmeric and English mustard powder.
What type of beans?
I’ve used basic green beans (sometimes called fine beans in this green bean chutney recipe. You can use runner beans too of course.
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.
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How to make green bean chutney
This is a two-step chutney recipe. Normally I just chop everything up and chuck it into a pan to make my chutneys.
However, for this green bean chutney I boil up the beans with the onions just for 5 minutes first to soften them nicely ready to make my homemade green bean chutney.
Then it is simply a case of adding the sugar, vinegar and spices and goiling it all up.
You don’t have to look for a setting point when you are making chutney so it is super easy to make.
How do you know when chutney is ready?
Your chutney is ready when you can drag your wooden spoon through your chutney and it leaves a clear line on the bottom of the pan before the chutney fills it in again. and vinegar and goiling i
Let this green bean chutney mature for about 2 weeks before you use it. This allows the flavours to develop and for it to mellow a bit.
How long does green bean chutney keep?
Your chutney will keep for up to a year in 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.
How to serve green bean chutney
As you will see from the photos, I just love serving this green bean chutney (or runner bean chutney) with simple cheese on toast.
You can add your green bean chutney to burgers and BBQ. And of course any chutney is perfect for the classic Ploughman’s lunch.
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Green Bean Chutney
- 900 g green beans or runner beans
- 4 onions
- 675 g demerara sugar
- 1 1/2 tbsp turmeric
- 1 1/2 tbsp English mustard powder
- 1 1/2 tbsp cornflour
- 700 ml malt vinegar
- Peel and chop the onions into small pieces. Finely chop the beans and boil them with the onions in salted water for just 5 minutes to soften them up then drain thoroughly.
- Add the sugar, vinegar and spices and cornflour and boil the chutney till you can pull a spoon through it and leave a clear trail on the bottom of the pan before the chutney fills it again.
- Ladle into sterilised jars and leave to mature for 2 weeks before using.