Thursday, July 7, 2011

Farmgirl Friday blog hop # 15

Welcome to Farmgirl Friday blog hop # 15! Once again we had 39 amazing entries last week. Will we top 40 this time? I so enjoyed getting around to some of your posts. I wish I could visit all of you, but Summer is here and my pitchfork calls me away from the computer quite often these days.

 Last week my farmgirl pals and I  went on a " farmgirl " field trip to the Green Briar Jam Kitchen in Sandwich, MA. We learned to make Rhubarb Date Apricot Chutney in a 100 year old jam kitchen where " farmgirl" Ida Putnam  invited people into her kitchen to teach them how to make jams, jellies and chutneys. The kitchen is a " living museum " and the most charming place to learn the ins and outs of jam making. Really, I just wanted to saw off that porch for starters, bring it home and add it on to the side of my house... The kitchen? Well, that goes without saying. How fun would it be to have this kitchen, surrounded by people in the joys of making jam? I'd say Ida was a pretty lucky and enterprising farmgirl wouldn't you?

Everything was laid out for us when we arrived. The Rhubarb, Dates, Apricots and Onion were clean and ready for chopping. Once we were done  chopping and slicing we were instructed to pour our mixture into the pot sitting on the  gas stove. Inside each pot was 1/2 a cup of apple cider ( a natural thickening agent ).Once it was boiled down we poured the mixture into small sanitized jars through a large mouth funnel. The jars were sterilized again then we were given our labels and 6 jars each of the most delicious chutney I've ever tasted. We were amazed at how easy it was!

4 cups sliced rhubarb
1 cup chopped dried dates
1 cup lightly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
1/ 2 cup apple cider    
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup finely chopped ginger
1 tsp curry powder
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 pickling salt                                  

Combine all ingredients into pan. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce heat and cook gently, stirring frequently. Chutney is done when onion is transparent, fruit is soft and liquid is thickened. Remove from heat and let sit for a few minutes. Ladle into sterilized jars and seal.

Yield: 4 to 6 ( 6) oz. jars

Chutney is a wonderful compliment to baked fish and it's terrific on a plain bagel with cream cheese for breakfast or a light lunch!

Now it's your turn to link up for YOUR weekly dose of farmgirl soul-food!

Here are the rules for the Farmgirl Friday blog hop:

1.) Write a post about your farmgirl lifestyle and brag a little about your farmgirl talents while your at it! Share what being a farmgirl means to you. Include lots of photos of your farm, crafts, animals, quilts, home decor projects and thrifty make overs, your backyard garden, hen house, studio or workshop. You get the idea!
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3). Please include the Farmgirl Friday button ( or link back here ) in your post.

 Welcome new subscribers and friends! Thanks for all you share!  Keep that farmgirl soul-food comin'!

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