Kate Middleton Has a Homemade Jam Recipe You Can Try At Home

It’s no secret that Prince William’s wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge loves to cook. In fact, when the pair first got married she opted to make all their meals herself rather than have personal chefs prepare them. After she and the prince had children of their own she began teaching her little ones how to cook too. And Kate has quite a few family recipes that she’ll be passing down to Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis one day like her grandmother’s homemade chutney.

Read on to get the Middleton family recipe, which Kate has even made for the queen.

Kate Middleton
Kate Middleton | Samir Hussein/WireImage

The duchess has gifted homemade chutney to Queen Elizabeth

The Duchess of Cambridge has mastered her granny’s recipe of chutney and decided to give it to the queen as a Christmas gift the first year she spent with William’s family at Sandringham.

In the television documentary Our Queen at Ninety, Kate admitted that she was a little nervous about giving a jar of jam to the woman who has it all.

“I was worried what to give the queen as her Christmas present,” Kate said. “I was thinking, ‘Gosh, what should I give her?’ And I thought back to what would I give my own grandparents. And I thought, ‘I’ll make her something.’ Which could have gone horribly wrong.”

Although she was a bit worried about gifting her grandmother-in-law the chutney she “noticed the next day that it was on the table.” The duchess added, “I’ve noticed since she’s done that on lots of occasions and I think it just shows her thoughtfulness, really, and her care in looking after everybody.”

Kate Middleton and Queen Elizabeth II
Kate Middleton and Queen Elizabeth II | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Kate’s family recipe

Chutney that’s good enough for the queen is something royal fans wouldn’t mind trying for themselves so Kate’s sister, Pippa Middleton, shared the family recipe in her 2012 book Celebrate.

To make this at home you’ll need:

4 lbs. vegetable marrows (summer squash or zucchini), peeled, deseeded, and chopped into small chunks

4 medium onions, peeled and chopped into small chunks

3 apples, peeled, cored and chopped into small chunks

225 g sultanas or raisins

225 g stoned dates, roughly chopped

600 ml. malt vinegar

900 g soft brown sugar

1 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons ground ginger

2 tablespoons mixed pickling spices, secured in a piece of muslin

Then follow these instructions:

1. Put the chopped marrow (zucchini), onions and apples into a large preserving pan, add the rest of the ingredients and the bag of spices and stir together, then place over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, then reduce the heat and simmer gently from 1 ½-2 hours or until it’s well blended and thick.
2. Take the pan off the heat, cool and remove the muslin, squeezing the liquid from the bag. Spoon it into sterilized jars with vinegar-proof lids, filling them to within 1cm of the top.
3. Ensure the rims are clean, screw on the sterilized lids and store in a cool place for up to 12 months. Once open, store in the fridge and use it within one month.

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