Whole raspberries, white vinegar and spices. An absolutely treat with a bit of cheese. A very popular chutney for cheese platters.
All our Chutneys and Sauces contain whole fruits, malt vinegar and less sugars per serving. The fruit we use is grown only in NZ and all our ingredients are from NZ suppliers. Pa Hill's products are created from recipes dated back to 1910. All produce is handmade and our methods are "Back to Basics".
Warning. This product may contain peanut residue.
My daughter grows her own raspberries so was interested to taste this chutney. She has never had enough to process her own crop; they are eaten fresh as fast as they are picked, so the idea of them being made into a new product appealed to her. We took the jar around and, as she always does, she scrutinised the label to see if the contents were healthy. She was reassured to find that the first four ingredients were all fruit or vegetables - raspberries, onions, apples and raisins. Sugars (which I assume included the fructose) were way down the list, and the product contained no fat or sodium at all.
My daughter had prepared a cold chicken and camembert salad, so we were able to test the chutney straight away. Miss Eight was given the task of putting some on each plate, but she got sidetracked by the label. She loved the kotuku graphic, and had to read the information printed below it before she could complete her task. She also licked the spoon once she had finished allocating a couple of blobs to each person, and told us it was quite nice! But then she rolled her eyes and repeated "REALLY nice!" which is her way of saying she approves.
Everyone enjoyed the chutney. Even Mr Ten, who can be fussy, gave it a grudging "ok" vote. It was similar to a beetroot chutney in taste, and went really well with the camembert. We all thought it would be good on a chicken pizza too as it brought out the flavour of the meat. My daughter thought there was a perfect balance between sweet and tart. She said she could identify the raspberries but then a raisin would pop up with a slightly different texture!
My son-in-law said it had a great flavour but he thought it would go best with plainer food - anything too spicy and the taste would be masked. He suggested it might be nice with a ploughman's lunch, accompanied by plenty of cheese and fresh crusty bread. Another idea was to have it with "mousetrap" cheese on a cracker to give the cheese more flavour! My partner added that it would be excellent with sausages or pork fillets - the latter tend to be dry so the chutney would liven them up.
I agreed with everything the others said, but there was one thing the nobody had commented on - the shelf life. I was impressed that there was an expiry date so far into the future: sometimes items are bought and then not used up quickly, and before I know it the expiry date has passed and the contents discarded. That is not going to happen with this product; I can safely buy it and know it is going to be fine for ages. Having said that, I see that the jar we have just been reviewing is almost empty already.
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