In need of some therapy I settled down the other evening to make Beetroot Chutney with the beautiful beetroot I bought at a farm shop during a rare excursion into the countryside. Except, after I had added to my preserving pan 1.1 litres of vinegar, 900g sugar, 450g onions and 700g of apples all nicely chopped where necessary, I found I didn't have the 1kg beetroot I asked and paid for, I had a mere 600g. Ooooer I thought, oh well I will have to make it up with more apples and onions and see what happens. So that is what I did.
Eight jars of 'jamney' and a veryveryveryveryveryvery burnt preserving pan is what happened.
I quite like the taste of the jamney, but then as I have said before, I like the taste of my cooking usually, so my dear friends L and B H have agreed to be Beetroot Jamney testers for me and give me their honest opinion. I think I'm looking forward to that.
However, I am more concerned about my burnt preserving pan. I have no idea how to rescue it. So far I have tried soaking it in warm soapy water overnight, heating it gently on the cooker for a short while, scrubbing with a brillo pad and three days and nights soaking it in vinegar. All to no avail. The significant ex has informed me that I need to heat it at a high temperature and then when it's hot enough add a few drops of water. Hmmm. He does know about these sorts of things having gained a combined degree in chemistry and maths but I am a little anxious about putting an empty (apart from burnt bottom) pan on a cooking ring and turning it up full. And how hot is 'enough'. I would have to stay in the kitchen the whole time in case it explodes and if it explodes what about me! So before I attempt that piece of advice I am going to go and get some coke - that would be cola by the way - I don't where to go for the other kind - and try soaking it in that. I believe genuine coca-cola, as in fat not thin and not a copy, has remarkable stripping qualities.
My sanity is at risk if I can't get back to the theraputic effects of making chutney so if anyone out there has a foolproof tip for rescuing burnt preserving pans I would be very grateful if you would let me know.