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No-Cook Pear Chutney to Take Your Roast Meat to a Whole New Level

Versatile condiment great with roasted meat or on cheese boards

by: Paula Roy
Diced pears, onions and seasoning make a fast, flavourful no-cook chutney

Chutneys are delicious with roasted meat or stews of any kind, as a side dish or even a stuffing - they add a nutritious pop of flavour and colour to any plate. Kids are often lured by chutney as a way to eat foods they don’t otherwise enjoy – when my daughter was young, she’d devour any meat so long as it was covered in either cranberry sauce or chutney. Chutneys are also an excellent condiment for grilled cheese sandwiches and make a nice element on a cheese board. I like to be able to see what’s in the chutneys I serve, but if you prefer a finer-textured chutney (or want to hide ingredients from picky eaters), you can grate the fruit and onions instead of dicing them. While this chutney is ready to eat within a day of preparing, its flavour improves after a few days of resting in the refrigerator.

no cook pear chutney


1/3 cup currants (small raisins)
2 ripe pears, cored and chopped small
1/2 cup finely diced onion
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
1 tsp coarse salt
1/4 cup rice or apple cider vinegar
1 tsp chili flakes (depending upon how hot you like your chutneys)
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp mustard seeds, bruised (use a mortar & pestle if you have one)
1/4 tsp ground cloves



  Put currants in a small bowl and cover with hot water. Set aside to soak for 20 minutes or so.

  While currants are soaking, combine pears, onion and sugar in a medium sized bowl and let macerate (process by which the sugar draws juice out of the fruit) for 20 minutes.

  Drain water from currants and add to mixture along with all other ingredients, stirring to blend.

no cook pear chutney

  Cover tightly with plastic wrap and let marinate at room temperature for 6 – 12 hours before bottling, stirring occasionally during the marinating time.

no cook pear chutney

  Bottle in spotlessly clean jars and refrigerate for up to one month. Chutney is ready to eat immediately.

no cook pear chutney

Makes approximately 2 cups.

no cook pear chutney

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