Richly spiced plum chutney

Richly spiced plum chutney

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(26 ratings)

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 40 mins


Makes about 2kg/4lb 8oz
Make-ahead for special occasions or simply enjoy al fresco with your favourite cold cuts

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal39
  • fat0g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs9g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre0g
  • protein0g
  • salt0.13g
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  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 400ml red wine vinegar
  • 500g light muscovado sugar


  1. Put all the ingredients, except the sugar, into a large pan and stir well. Bring slowly to the boil, then reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 10 mins, until the plums are tender.

  2. Stir in the sugar plus 2 tsp salt and keep stirring until it has dissolved. Boil the chutney for 20-30 mins, uncovered, stirring occasionally to prevent it catching on the bottom, until it is thick and pulpy.

  3. Pot into sterilised jars (see Know-how, below), seal, label and store for at least 2 weeks before eating. Will keep for up to 6 months in a cool dark place.

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14th Aug, 2018
Used this recipe to use up a glut of plums from the garden. It took about 45mins to thicken up rather than the 20-30 mins stated but the end result is delicious! Will definitely be making another batch once the rest of the plums are ripe :-)
26th Mar, 2018
I have just made a double quantity of this chutney. I put 350ml of apple vinegar. It tastes a bit vinegary to me. Was it to much? I hope the taste improves over the 2 week wait time or my first attempt was wasted?? It looks good though and consistency is good. Help. Help.
14th Aug, 2017
Properly sealed this chutney will keep for years
12th Sep, 2016
Made this last year, maybe after correction was made as it was delicious. Now this year's batch is bubbling away filling house with delicious smells. Didn't have any fresh ginger so used powdered......
11th Sep, 2016
I didn't read comments but luckily I think recipe been changed so ill see its bubbly away nicely I've used apple cider vinegar instead of red wine vinegar hope it will be ok
4th Sep, 2016
Made this today. I forgot to check if I had black mustard seeds so ended up using normal ones. The recipe was easy to make and I have to say quite quick too. The chutney is delicious and although it states to wait for at least two weeks before consumption I think we may struggle. Already tried it with some cheese and it's Fab!!!
12th Sep, 2015
I did not read the reviews either and wish I had, tried to rescue the chutney (from all the problems described in various posts below) by adding the same amount of plums again and am leaving it to 'mature' and hoping. Luckily I had been given tons of plum that had to be used up fast so did not have to spend a fortune. Won't bother with it again tho'.
8th Sep, 2015
Get this recipe sorted! I have just wasted 2kg plums 1kg sugar 1.5 lt red wine vinegar as the recipe is wrong despite several people pointing this out already!! I made the mistake of not reading reviews.
8th Sep, 2015
Given that some of these comments are from 2013, the recipe really should have been amended by now... Only saw the comments once I had added the sugar. Hope I can rescue it...
7th Sep, 2015
I am infuriated! I've never made chutney before and was viewing this recipe on my phone where the comments are not visible.. just spent 2-3 hours trying to make this to end up with a thin vinegar-y concoction... I strained about half the vinegar off as it wouldn't reduce, but it is still too strong. I also suspect the sugar burned from the suggestion to boil for 20-30 minutes. (I've now checked an old delia smith book which says to gently simmer chutneys for 2-3 hours!!) and with a lot less vinegar. Then I came on my macbook and found the comments that the recipe is wrong.. I would expect better quality from BBC Good food and for a recipe that has been voted so highly! Very disappointed. Have wasted a whole KG of fresh plums from my mother's plum tree.


4th Sep, 2017
Could you freeze this instead of perseving jars?
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6th Sep, 2017
Thanks for your question. We tend to suggest storing chutney in sterilised jars in a cool, dark place as it will last for 6 months. In theory, you could freeze it but we haven't tested that ourselves!
27th Jul, 2015
Want to make this chutney but please.. is it one kilo, after stoning or one kilo altogether?? Alison
25th Nov, 2014
Could I have a mixture of sugar instead of all muscovade as the recipe says? If so what sugars would you suggest?
4th Sep, 2016
Sept 2016 . Please can the old comments be removed from this post? As far as I can see the recipe has now been changed, I followed it ( almost ) to the letter and tasted georgeous!
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