The Do Book Company publishes a series of titles meant to motivate people to try new things. The latest, Do Preserve, instructs on how to make jams, chutneys, pickles and cordials. Coauthor Mimi Beaven features preserved products, along with the spoils of her picturesque Little Ghent Farm in upstate New York (think chickens, pork sausage, eggs and fresh-baked breads), and here shares her knowledge in the form of a recipe that’ll make a perfect addition to your cheese plate or for a spread of homemade Indian food. 

This is a fruity chutney with a delicate warmth from the ginger. It is an onion-free recipe, which allows the pear to shine. Very ripe, soft pears should ideally be used for this chutney, but I have used hard pears before and they work fine. However, they will need mashing with a potato masher at the very end to break the flesh down a little.

Store in a cool, dark place. This chutney needs to mature a little in the jar, so I would suggest keeping it for three months before opening. Keeps well for up to two years. Once opened, store in the fridge and use within three months.

Reprinted with permission from Do Preserve