Christmas Chutney & Burnt Pots

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Christmas Chutney & Burnt Pots

Please please can any of you guys help me - I love Delia's Christmas chutney but no matter how low I have the hob on or how many times I stir each and every minute, I always badly burn the pots - and I mean BADLY burn them! I have the proper mauslin chutney pots purchased from Lakelands so I just dont understand - the pot burnt so badly that I have to throw it out - no amount of boiling with clothes detergent and water would shift it - please help!

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Anastasia

Chutney.

To be honest I have no idea why your chutney burns.
Chutney needs to just bubble very slowly , the heat needs to be on the lowest.As the chutney is cooking you should be just about able to see the bubbles as it cooks, perhap a diffuser would be the answer.
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Gerry

burnt chutney

Like Anastasia, who's the preserves expert, I don't know why yours burns. Mine never do, in a stainless steel preserving pan. I'm not familiar with the pot you mentioned from Lakeland, but could that be the problem?

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Gerry

PS Lakeland/burnt chutney

Is that the stainless steel maslin pan on Lakeland? It's got excellent reviews on the site. Could yours be faulty? Why not ask L's advice: they have good customer service and you're doing everything very carefully.

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Anastasia

Not the pan.

It can't be the pan , a maslin pan is totally ideal for chutney , but even if you use a plain saucepan this should not happen.
Patience is the word when making chutney , it basically has to sit on the heat until it reduces almost all of the liquid.this has to be done so very slowly , so just needs a watchful eye , sometimes it can take up to 90 mins.
Having made chutney all my life the only conclusion I can reach is the heat is way too high..a maslin pan is an aid , no way would this be the cause.
A diffuser is the way ro go , but having said that I do not have one.

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88

Hob

Thanks guys - and yes, it is the mauslin pot from Lakelands. I have 2 of them and they are just fantastic. I make about 10 different varieties of chutney and have no problem with any of them except the Christmas Chutney. My hob on high is at no. 9 and I normally cook it at no. 6 - think I will reduce this to about 3 and see what happens. IF I burn the pots again, they will definitely end up in the bin!

Also, what is a diffuser please??

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Anastasia

Diffuser

A diffuser is a round metal circle about the size of a tea plate , tou put this on the gas , it distributes the heat evenly .look on the Lakeland site ,or John Lewis site.
You have answered your own question , as you would need the heat no higher than 1 or 2, just enough so you can see the faintest bubbles.

 
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