Peach, Pear and or Apple Allspice Chutney

This recipe can be used with either fruit and it’s flexible. If using peaches, ensure that they are firm to the touch as the texture will keep. Best served onto soft cheeses and pates. Be sure to use fresh spices as this will certainly bring out the many flavours this chutney has.


  • 4.5 cups peaches
  • 2 ¼ cups diced shallots
  • 1/3 cup minces garlic
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 2 ¾ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 cups sugar
  • ¼ cup allspice
  • 3 tbsp. Salt 


  •  Place 6 clean 250 ml mason jars on a rack in a boiling water canner; cover jars with water and heat to a simmer (180°F/82°C). Set screw bands aside. Keep jars hot until ready to use.

  • Preheating Bernardin® lids is not advised. The sealing compound used for our home canning lids performs better at room temperature than it does pre-heated in simmering water (180°F). Simply wash lids in hot, soapy water, dry, and set aside until needed. Preheating can lead to less vacuum being achieved during water bath canning, and to buckle failures during pressure canning.

  • Peel, and dice the peaches, shallots and garlic. Grind the allspice into a fine powder. Place all the ingredients into a pot and stir well. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring and skimming occasionally for about 45 minutes or until everything has reduced and is thickened as desired.

  •  Quickly ladle mixture into a hot jar to within 1/4 inch (0.5 cm) of top of jar (headspace). Using nonmetallic utensil, remove air bubbles and adjust headspace, if required, by adding more jam. Wipe jar rim removing any food residue. Centre sealing disc on clean jar rim. Screw band down until resistance is met, then increase to fingertip tight. Return filled jar to rack in canner. Repeat for remaining jam.

  • When canner is filled, ensure that all jars are covered by at least one inch (2.5 cm) of water. Cover canner and bring water to full rolling boil before starting to count processing time. At altitudes up to 1000 ft (305 m), process –boil filled jars – 10 minutes.*

  • When processing time is complete, remove canner lid, wait 5 minutes, then remove jars without tilting and place them upright on a protected work surface. Cool upright, undisturbed 24 hours; DO NOT RETIGHTEN screw bands.

  • After cooling check jar seals. Sealed discs curve downward and do not move when pressed. Remove screw bands; wipe and dry bands and jars. Store screw bands separately or replace loosely on jars, as desired. Label and store jars in a cool, dark place. For best quality, use home canned foods within one year.