Friday, July 18, 2008

English Ketchup

6 lbs (3 kg) mushrooms, broken into pieces (about 7 1/2 quarts)
1 cup (1/4 liter) salt
2 1/2 cups (625 ml) vinegar
20 salt anchovies
1 teaspoon (5 ml) ground mace
1 teaspoon (5 ml) ground cloves
1 tablespoon (15 ml) pepper
1 slice fresh ginger
1 1/2 cups (375 ml) shallots, sliced

Mix the mushrooms with the salt in a blow, cover and let them stand for
nine days, stirring once or twice a day. Put them into a stoneware crock,
cover tightly, and set hte crock in a pan of water. Cook over low heat
for three hours. Strain the mushrooms through a sieve into a pot, and add
the remaining ingredients to the juice -- the proportions given for 5 cups
of mushroom liquid. Keeping the pot covered, boil together over low heat
until the liquid is areduced by half, then strain it through a jelly bag.
Bottle the ketchup and cover. Process. Makes about 2 1/2 pints (1 1/4 liter).

No comments: