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Eleven Fruits to Can in October

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So here is your October canning plan list of seasonal fruits and the good news is that it is not as short a list as you might expect.  I was actually surprised by how many fruits are in season in the month of October.   I can see from this list that I will have plenty of new recipe ideas to be posting for you during the coming winter months!  But for my next October recipe I think I will be looking for something out of the ordinary like persimmon or quince jelly.   Stay tuned for that coming soon!  But in the meantime, here is a great cranberry chutney recipe to hold you over. This stuff will add the perfect finishing touch to your upcoming turkey dinner on Thanksgiving day!  This recipe has lots of ingredients and it certainly isn’t low budget but my, my, is it ever worth the time and cost!  Wait until you taste it! I think it will become your new tradition! Spicy Cranberry Garlic Chutney Ingredients 3 c cranberries, fresh or frozen1 1/4 c red onion, finely diced1 1/4 c dried pineapple, chopped 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped2 T. finely chopped ginger root1 t. grated orange zest1/4 c orange juice fresh squeezed or not1 c apple cider vinegar1 1/2 c sugar1 c golden raisins1 c water1 t. dry mustard1 t. ground cinnamon1 t. ground cloves1/2 t. cayenne pepper Prep six 8 oz jars for water bath canning and keep hot in the water until ready to fill  DirectionsIn a large non reactive saucepan add cranberries, onions, pineapple, garlic, ginger root, orange zest, orange juice and vinegar.Bring mixture to a boil over med heat, stir occasionally. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until cranberries soften and burst, this takes about 15 minutes. Add  the sugar, raisins, water, mustard, cinnamon, cloves, and cayenne and continue to simmer, stirring frequently for about 15 more minutes. (Mixture will be slightly runny and will thicken upon cooling) Ladle hot chutney into the hot jars, leaving ½ inch headspace. Remove air bubbles adjust headspace by adding additional chutney. Process for 10 minutes in water bath canner.Cool overnight and store.  Voila! You now have the best cranberry side dish condiment for turkey dinner on Thanksgiving or Christmas day.  Little jars of this chutney make great holiday gifts! Dress up your jars with custom gingham fabric like this that I designed just for canning in a pretty cranberry red.  Or how about a beautiful custom hang tag like this one.    See more great canning designs on useful products at my shop, The Jelly Jar.   

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