I've been growing tomatoes for the first time this year and decided to use the extras to make some chutney for Christmas presents. I found a lovely recipe on BBC recipes (click here) although there are many other kinds of chutney (ideas here). Chutney is a lovely winter food...I like mine with the immense selection of cheese and crackers you always seem to accumulate around Christmas.
You will need:
Ingredients as per the recipe
Fabric, ribbon & stickers for decoration
The most important thing here is to properly sterilise the jars. You can do this by washing them and placing them in a low oven for 15 minutes. You must put the hot chutney into hot jars to kill the bacteria and to stop the jars breaking. The vinegar in the recipe preserves the chutney but you need to make sure there is no bacteria to start with. Be careful because the jars are extremely hot. Knock any bubbles out of the jars and fill them as high as possible.
I bought my jars from Hobbycraft but you can reuse old jars by steaming off the label and cleaning them well. Try not to use jars of strong smelling food as the smells are difficult to get rid of.
I think these make really beautiful handmade presents.