This windfall apple chutney recipe would cost a lot to buy in the shops, but can be produced very cheaply using up apples the wind blows off the branches in the orchard at harvest time.
My maternal Grandparents had an outhouse specially for apples. There was always a big pile of them – even more than any supermarket would have on display in any one day. In late summer someone would always bring a load of tomatoes on their ceili, and Granny had everything else she needed in the pantry to turn all this bounty into something amazing.
Granny’s pantry held all the dry goods, flour and rows of Kilner jars and jam jars filled with bottled fruit, jams and chutneys. The 3 gallon crocks of milk for homemade butter and buttermilk stood in the pantry too.
Every house had their own way of doing things – my Step Dad Dessie Timmins remembers the flour stored in a 10 stone (140 lb) bag by the fire to keep it dry.