Spiced gooseberry and red onion chutney

  • Preparation time: 15 minutes, plus cooling
  • Cooking time: 50 minutes
  • Total time: 1 hour 5 minutes, plus cooling

Makes: about 1kg


700g Waitrose Cooks’ Ingredients gooseberries, topped and tailed
1 tbsp finely chopped fresh root ginger
2 tsp mustard seeds
250g pitted soft dates, chopped
1 large red onion, finely chopped
½ tsp salt
350g light brown muscovado sugar
350ml cider vinegar


1. Combine all the ingredients in a large, heavy saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil over a medium heat, then simmer uncovered, stirring frequently, for 30-40 minutes, or until very thick and pulpy.

2. Remove from the heat, leave to cool for 10 minutes, then transfer to sterilised, dry jars. Seal with lids and set aside to cool completely. Store in a cool, dark place for 1 month before eating. The unopened jars will keep for up to 12 months. Once opened, store in the fridge and consume within 1 month