Healthier Red Onion Chutney #GardenToTable

You’ve probably seen the work we’ve been doing in our garden recently. It’s undergoing a major change and plans keep changing for the different areas.

One of the plans that haven’t changed is growing our own fruit; we definitely know that we want more fruit trees. The apple tree is one of the things that sold this house to me and I’d love to have a mini orchard.

red onion chutney - from garden to table

Fruit bushes

Ant also wants lots of fruit bushes so we’ve decided to plant some along the fence where all the decorative bushes used to be. He likes the idea of fetching fruit from the garden and cooking with it.

Kaycee and Ella have now asked if they can have somewhere in the garden that’s just their’s. They want to start growing their own food and we think it’s a great thing to encourage.
I’ve told them, though, that they have to be the ones to tend to it. I’m not really into growing vegetables and don’t want to be left having to care for them!


We won’t be starting until next year now but when we do, they want to start with something easy like tomatoes, potatoes, and onions.
We already get too many apples for us to use before they go off so we found some recipes to preserve them. We made a lovely chutney our first year here and gave all the family members a jar for Christmas.

With this in mind, I’ve been looking at other chutney recipes in case we get loads of tomatoes and onions next year!

I found a lovely tomato chutney in an eBook by Worktop Express that I want to make. I also wanted to make a red onion chutney that didn’t have as much sugar as regular chutneys.

tomatoes on a table - grarden to table

I’m following Slimming World and I do miss caramelised red onion chutney. I can still have it but it costs me lots of syns. The version I’ve made is brilliant because it has sweetener instead of sugar and is totally syn free 🙂

Red Onions

I’m going to get the girls to plant red onions when we’ve got the vegetable patch ready next year. I want to keep a jar of this in the fridge at all times! It’s delicious on my cheese and ham sandwich 🙂

Healthier Red Onion Chutney

Slimming World red onion chutney


1kg Red onions
200ml Balsamic vinegar
300ml Cider vinegar
2 Garlic cloves
Salt and freshly ground pepper
5 dessertspoons of sweetener


Dice the onions
Add all the ingredients to a saucepan and bring to the boil
Simmer for about an hour or until the vinegar evaporates and forms a thick, sticky sauce
Put in a sterilised jar and seal straight away.

Please note – We now have to syn granulated sweetener at half a syn per tablespoon. The whole jar is 2.5 syns but because you only have a small amount of chutney as a serving, I count it as syn free.

Please note: I’m not a Slimming World consultant and haven’t been trained. You need to check with your own consultant if you have any queries about the syn values

If you’d like to check out all the recipes in the eBook, you can find it here

This is a collaborative post


  1. Anonymous 11th September 2020 at 7:24 pm

    How long will this keep if unopened please?

    1. shelllouise 12th September 2020 at 2:16 pm


      I’m afraid it never lasts long enough here to find out!
      However, I found the following on – Warm jams and chutneys should always be put into warm jars as if the glass is cold the sudden change in heat could cause them to crack. Once the jars are cool they should be clearly labelled and stored in a cool, dry and dark place. Jams and chutneys should last for up to 1 year if unopened.
      Hope that helps xx

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