Mama's Mango Chutney

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Author Notes: Every summer, when mangoes were in season, my mother would make a batch or two of her chutney, a recipe given to her by her friend, Phyllis, in the mid-1960's. I remember how the tart, fruity aroma of mangoes and vinegar would waft through our house. My mother would cook it all day in her big cast iron Dutch oven. She had her pot of boiling water filled with jars and lids.
Once my folks retired and moved across the country to my turf, we made batches in our respective kitchens and taste-tested results. Special friends earned a precious jar, but we made sure to save one for that turkey sandwich after Thanksgiving, when the guests had gone and the cooks could relax.
I lost my mother to cancer over Thanksgiving 2007, our favorite holiday. I couldn't bear to make chutney during that long, sad summer of 2008.
Last year, when the mangos were big and juicy, I made two batches. As I stirred the simmering chutney, I could hear Mama, "...just a little longer, darling...turn the filled jars over for five minutes to seal them...they're hot, be careful." I wasn't alone in my kitchen any more. Mama was right there, reminding me that I will always be her daughter.
Lizthechef

Serves 8-10 cups

  • 6-8 ripe mangos, chopped, plus juice
  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 3 cups organic cane sugar (or white sugar)
  • 1 and 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup candied ginger, medium diced
  • 2 tablespoons mustard seed
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 medium-sized onion, chopped
  1. Combine sugar and vinegar and bring to boil in large, heavy pot. Add mangos, raisins, ginger, mustard seed, onion and garlic.
  2. Cook 2-4 hours over low heat, uncovered, stirring often.
  3. Pour into sterile jars and can according to safe practices. The chutney can be stored for up to 1 year, but it will be eaten long before then. NOTE: visit the Ball canning site to review safe canning practices.

Tags: condiments

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12 months ago aargersi

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I make this and a mango-peach version every year - some for gifts and most for ME!!! I love this recipe!!!

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12 months ago TheWimpyVegetarian

This is my all-time favorite, Liz!!

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12 months ago Lizthechef

I just made a batch yesterday, Susan - thanks.

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12 months ago dymnyno

This is my favorite mango chutney recipe...I always have a jar or two or three in my pantry.

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12 months ago Lizthechef

As is your cherry chutney on the site - X0 Liz

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almost 2 years ago healthierkitchen

missed out on testing this for CP - already taken- but I will make this soon as it sounds delicious. Funny, we just communicated this morning about jam!

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almost 2 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

I have to tell you that I've made this a couple times now and it's absolutely wonderful!

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almost 2 years ago healthierkitchen

I have just put mangoes on my shopping list so that I can make it over the weekend! Regular mangoes or champagne/ataulfa?

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almost 2 years ago Lizthechef

Regular mangos are fine - that is what I always use.

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almost 2 years ago healthierkitchen

Great! I ended up buying some of each as I needed atualfa for the recipe I tested for CP. So, now I have some and will make this soon!

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almost 2 years ago dymnyno

Liz, I love this chutney. You forced me to make your recipe because I ran out of the jars you gave me. It is a fool proof recipe...perfect every time. It is delicious with roast pork or chicken or in egg salad and straight out of the jar.(to name a few)

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almost 2 years ago Lizthechef

Thanks, Mare, I just made a batch this morning before I knew about the contest theme!

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almost 2 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I will be making a mango peach version of this again as soon as Texas peaches are ready - this year I will need 24 half pints - 12 was NOT ENOUGH!!!

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almost 2 years ago Lizthechef

Peach - sounds like a great combo with mango!

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over 2 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

I had this amazingly delicious chutney last night with some pork chops. Both Myles and I just absolutely love, love, love it!!! We both just started eating it out of the jar after dinner....:-) GREAT recipe Liz!!

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over 2 years ago Lizthechef

Thanks, Susan, it is so easy to make this recipe. The trick is to buy really good mangoes and let them get very ripe. I buy them in summer at Costco! So happy you both enjoyed your jar!

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over 2 years ago boulangere

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I now love using my mother's glass lemon reamer, the little cut glass pitcher that held cream skimmed from the milk of their cows, and I love mango chutney. So generous of you to share both it and its story.

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over 2 years ago Lizthechef

So glad you enjoyed it!

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over 2 years ago MyCommunalTable

I have had this...fabulous.

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over 2 years ago Lizthechef

Thanks, Elizabeth, I just made a batch of your rhubarb chutney!

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

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I love the story and the chutney sounds amazing, it would certainly win a blue ribbon at the county fair.

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over 2 years ago Lizthechef

Thanks so much - appreciate your comment. This is such a sentimental favorite.

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

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Do you do the whole canning process with this? Immersing the jars in boiling water etc... I would really love to learn how to preserve fruits and vegetables.

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over 2 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Hi sdebrango, here's a great site with some excellent info on canning: http://www.foodinjars.com.... Also mrswheelbarrow's blog and winnieab's blog. And I'm sure there are others. Once you get into it, it can be pretty addictive, and it's really not difficult to do. Have fun!

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

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Thanks ChezSuzanne, I bought some weck jars and have been fully intending on doing it after some research. I am terrified of doing it wrong and having contaminated food. I will check out the sites you gave and hopefully will muster the courage to start canning. Thank you!

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over 2 years ago Lizthechef

ps to aargersi: this is the daughter-in-law of Phyllis, her recipe.

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over 2 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Hi Liz! I made another batch last night - my version using both mango and peach - and it is wonderful. Your mother certainly has improved my world with her chutney recipe! Thanks again for sharing it!

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over 2 years ago Lizthechef

Amazingly, I recently met my former baby-sitter, the daughter-in-law of the woman who gave this recipe to my Mom. We flew back to eastern PA this June. I was so overwhelmed I forgot to take a photo. Mary Alice was in tears when I gave her the original mango chutney recipe to share with her sister-in-law. We had not met in over 50 years,by the way. An amazing reunion.

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over 3 years ago Frank Ball

Thanks, sounds terrific. A question about finishing... Do you cook the jarred chutney in a water bath? If so, for how long? Thanks.

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over 3 years ago Lizthechef

I have never used a water bath, not did my mother - but, by all means, just to be safe, 15 minutes in a water bath if you feel safer...

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over 3 years ago Sunchowder

I can't wait to make this Liz!

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over 3 years ago cauner

This is one of my favorite recipes too, and what a wonderful story!

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over 3 years ago Lizthechef

NOTE: Made a recent batch of this and was out of golden raisins. Updated photo reflects this - sorry.

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almost 4 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Liz I made a version of this - mango and peach, with a few twists - and it is wonderful! I had your Mama's photo up on the computer while I was cooking it and she helped me get it right I think - so thanks to both of your for the recipe and the memories!!!

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almost 4 years ago Lizthechef

In tears, just found your comment - my Mama would so dig food52 and lovely people such as you - made my week - and this was the week I finally won the last spot in the book. Your note means as much to me as a place in the cookbook - family is all about why we cook. best X0, liz

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almost 4 years ago Lizthechef

The contest is almost over, Mama, and you won. I love and miss you, Elizabeth

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almost 4 years ago Lizthechef

You won for me no matter what the score.

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almost 4 years ago dymnyno

Thanks for sharing your sweet story.

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almost 4 years ago chez lady S

beautiful story and lovely recipe