Foodie Christmas Gifts

If you are thinking about giving chutney or mincemeat as gifts for Christmas or Winter Solstice, now is the time to do it. Before all the madness descends, with the advent of December. It also means your preserves will have time to mature.

Chutney will keep in a cool, dark spot quite happily for a year and then once it is opened move it to the fridge. The recommended time to keep it in the fridge is one month, if it lasts that long!

Delia keeps her Christmas Mincemeat in a cool, dark cupboard for up to 3 years.

Here are a few recipes to tempt you:

Chunky Plum & Apricot Chutney

Hot Mango Chutney

Apple & Red Onion Chutney

These chutneys have all tasted great and have had really good reviews from friends and family. I haven't tried the Chunky Plum & Apricot Chutney as a finished product yet, as it is still maturing, but it did taste great, straight out of the pan!

I have spiced up my Mango Chutney this year and adjusted it into cup measures.

Spicy Mango Chutney

3 mangoes, peeled stoned and chopped into chunks
3 cm piece of fresh root ginger, peeled and finely chopped
4 small red or green chillies, finely chopped
1 onion, roughly chopped
1 garlic clove, roughly chopped
3 cooking apples, peeled, cored and roughly chopped
1 tsp salt
2 cups red wine vinegar
1 tsp mustard seeds, toasted and ground
1 tsp cumin seeds, toasted and ground
1 tsp coriander seeds, toasted and ground
1 tsp ground cinnamon
3 cups demerara sugar

Put all the ingredients except the sugars in a preserving pan or a large heavy-based saucepan. bring to the boil and simmer gently for about 10 minutes or until the fruit is beginning to soften.

Add the sugars and heat gently, stirring until the sugar has dissolved, then bring to the boil. reduce the heat and simmer uncovered for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally until thick.

Cool the chutney slightly, then spoon into jars, cover and seal.

Fills 4 x I 1lb/545g jam jars

Here are a few other tempting recipes:

Green Tomato Chutney and Apple and Plum Chutney made by Gill over at My Tiny Plot.

Apple & Cranberry Chutney, made by Beth over at Jam and Clotted Cream.

Vine Ripened Tomato Chutney made by Julie over at Peanut Butter and Julie.

Pear, Date & Cinnamon Chutney made by Ursula over at Jane Spice.

Cranberry Chutney made by Juliet over at Think Inside the Icebox




  1. You read my mind, I have been making preserves for gifts. I hope they boast the flavor this recipe does.

  2. Fabulous idea, Holler! I'm planning to do at least a few homemade gifts this year. . . you're inspired me to try chutney! :)

  3. I've always wanted to make a mango chutney!

    But, as I'm in the US, what is "demerarra" sugar?

    Thanks for the recipe! It will make a great addition to the gift baskets I am making.

  4. That's one pretty pink Buddha pic! And your labels are really lovely. I'm not much of a jam/chutney making person, but this sounds tempting. Although, I suppose, it would be even nicer to get some myself not having to bother with the making...;)

  5. Thanks Flower :)

    I am sure they will taste gorgeous Parker :)

    That's great Ricki, there are a lot of great recipes out there!

    Hi Jinx, Demerara is just a soft brown sugar, you can substitute it with another sugar.

    Thanks Shelly :)

    Hi Pia, the pink buddha is the result of evening photography. I tried to perk it up a little and found there was a pink hue in the photo. I decided I actually rather liked that :)

  6. Good call--now is definitely the time to do it. These all sound like a great idea. I think the plum & apricot chutney would be my favorite

  7. Hi Mike, that is one of my new chutneys, that I am trying out for the first time this year.

  8. These all sound wonderful! Who wouldn't love getting something like that for Christmas? Great idea! :)

  9. Thanks Jo, | am hoping they will be well recieved.

  10. I so admire people who think up homemade gifts like this ahead of time. I am such a last minute gift giver... always end up doing baked goods.
    Your gifts are made with such heart!
    BTW - would you believe I've never tried mincemeat?

  11. (What a lovely big head!)

    I do love your chutney, but I've still never managed to make it myself. The problem is, I really don't quite know what to do with it, as it's sweet, kind of... and sort of spicy/savory... I guess it goes with chapatis and Indian food, but I guess I either don't eat enough Indian food, or I'm not creative.

    Full disclosure: we ate your chutney out of the jar. And on toast. Shhh!

  12. These all sound delicious! I'm going to be busy in the kitchen trying some of these out.

    Thanks for the link :)

  13. Hi Kristen, Baked goods sound like a good idea too! Although because they have to be made nearer the time, I am usually so rushed of my feet that I don't manage to make any. It is mince pie time here in the UK. You cannot turn around without falling over some. I grew up without eating these, as I stupidly assumed that they were made with meat and not fruit. Doh!

    Hi Tadmack, I was momentarily thrown by your big head comment there! I had to go back and look at my post LOL! Chutney is really good on a wrap with salad, with a filo pastry dish, with cheese and oatcakes. I bet it would be good with tofu too or maybe as you say, just on toast :)

    That's ok Juliet, I was very impressed with your cranberry chutney. It is so perfect for Christmas.

  14. Loved the combination of mangoes and apples in this looks fantastic...

  15. Thanks for linking to my blog!
    I have to try the mango chutney - loving the labels too!

  16. OOOh some for me please!!!

    I love mango chutney stirred through basmati rice for a nice packed lunch, I've never made my own though.

    I love your apple label actually, how did you make that please?

  17. Mmm. This is fantastic.
    Wish I had friends who think like you do!

  18. Hey, that is a great idea for Christmas gifts. Thanks for suggesting it.

  19. I always make food gifts and all these chutneys you've chosen look absolutely wonderful. Thank you!

  20. Thanks for the sugar tip!

    Now, if I can just figure out how to peel a mango without mangling my hands, I'm in business!

  21. awesome idea, but i sit wrong to want to be on the receiving end of this gift?

  22. Hi Holler, its been to long since my last visit to your blog!

    I am enjoying viewing your Christmas gifts and such a great idea.

    Rosie x

  23. I am wanting a few recipes to make to give as Christmas gifts this year. Your mango chutney sounds like a good addition to my list of gifts to make. The labels are adorable. Where can I get them?

  24. A gift from the kitchen is always a special treat:D

  25. I absolutely love those labels! (..and the chutneys look pretty good too - yum!)

  26. I love it that you not only make chutney as gifts but you decorate the jars so beautifully as well! I have my eye on this mango one - we've just run out and I love the nice smug feeling you get when you open a jar of chutney you made yourself. hmm, they were supposed to be gifts, weren't they...?

  27. Thanks Beth :)

    Hi Jane, It was just drawn and coloured. I don't do much any more, so it was fun to do, although I am a bit out of practise.

    Aww, thanks Lo :)

    That's ok Cynthia :)

    Thanks Diann :)

    You just need to buy a mango slicer from Lakeland Jinx :)

    Hey We Are Never Full, if you lived nearby I would give you a jar :)

    Hi Rosie, nice to hear from you, I hope you are well!

    Hi Eat, I just made them myself.

    I am hoping so Val :)

    Thanks Antonia :)

    Hi Lysy, they are for gifts, but hopefully there will be some left over.


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