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Photo Article: The green tomato glut means its chutney time at the Welsh Hovel

Tom Winnifrith
Thursday 12 October 2023

Last year I had an apple glut so there was stacks of apple chutney. This year’s apple harvest has been dire. I have enough to put in storage wrapped in newspaper on an apple rack to fill Joshua’s snack bag until Christmas. Having emptied the tree, under cover of dusk, at Joshua’s school, I have enough for two more runs with the still and to make about ten litres of apple juice which I might bottle up tonight. And there were a few cooking apples but its been a piss poor year.

On the tomato front I have grown enough of the yellow skinned variety for a few salads. But the lack of a glasshouse here ( pro tem) means most of my tomatoes are green and not really big enough to fry up with a cajun spice and maize flour dressing. And so, instead, I now have vast amounts of chutney made with the few spare cooking apples, brown sugar, sultanas and apple vinegar. All in all I now have about 8 llbs of chutney to last us through to next year.

I am starting to think of the Christmas cheeses I always order in for this household but also for my siblings and other relatives already

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About Tom Winnifrith
Tom Winnifrith is the editor of When he is not harvesting olives in Greece, he is (planning to) raise goats in Wales.
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