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remedies for overcooked chutney?

Made Laurie Colwin's Lemon Chutney (which I've done maybe a dozen times), but forgot I was making half a batch. Slightly overcooked so darker, stickier, denser than usual. Remedies to loosen it up or ways to serve? Tastes too good to throw out. Help, please!

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asked over 1 year ago

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creamtea
creamtea

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added over 1 year ago

Add hot water and re-simmer?

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QueenSashy
QueenSashy

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added over 1 year ago

Agree with Lisanne. That should bring it to the consistency you desire.

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Nancy
Nancy

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added over 1 year ago

Thanks for your replies.
I consulted Mrs Wheelbarrow by email and she tells me the problem comes from making a half batch...seems the fruit and water need some more time to cook together than a small amount of preserves allows. Thus, with the smaller amount, the sugar caramelized before the fruit was cooked.
Nothing to do about it. Similar results come with a half batch of overcooked jam.
Will use the ruined results as a kind of candy for home use and make something else to replace the chutney in planned gifts for upcoming Purim.

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