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Aunt Daisy’s beetroot chutney recipe

May 23, 2009 | Filed under Extras

Aunt Daisy was a radio icon in the 1950s in New Zealand.  She always started her radio broadcasts with a very cheery, “Good Morning everybody,  Good Morning, everybody” and often went on to discuss the weather that day.

You can hear one of her sessions in 1950 here giving her recipe for beetroot chutney  or use the written version. (Note we have changed the amounts to metric measures)


2 kg beetroot (to make 1.5kg cooked chopped beetroot)
500 mls water
2 tablespoons salt
500 gms mixed dried fruit (buy a packet or make your own mixture of sultanas, currants, raisins, chopped dates, chopped dried apricots)
250 gms onions
2 cups malt vinegar
250 gms sugar
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon ground allspice or nutmeg


  1. Trim the leaves  and wash the  beetroot
  2. Put the water and first measure of salt into a saucepan and add the beetroot
  3. Cook whole beetroot until tender ( 20 -40 mins depending on size)
  4. Pour cold water over the cooked beetroot and rub with fingers until skin comes off
  5. Weigh cooked, skinned beetroot so you have 1.5kg
  6. Put vinegar, sugar, 1 tbsp salt, pepper and allspice in a saucepan
  7. Add chopped dried fruit and onions
  8. Boil until the onions are soft and the mixture begins to thicken
  9. Add 1.5kg cooked chopped beetroot
  10. Boil gently for 15 minutes
  11. Take off the heat and pour into clean hot jars
  12. To prepare jars go to the  post on preparing jars for storing preserves

Makes up to 10 x 300gm jars.


7 Responses to “Aunt Daisy’s beetroot chutney recipe”

  1. Jill on March 15th, 2010 3:22 pm

    There is an error in the amount of onions and sugar.
    I think the onion should be 500grams and the sugar 250grams. I made this with the extra onion but used the sugar stated and it is very sweet but nice.

  2. admin on March 24th, 2010 12:05 am

    Hi Jill

    Thanks so much for telling us about that. Yes – that would have been very sweet!!
    I’ve checked it out and it seems we made a mistake in translating to metric measures. Aunt Daisy said 1/2 a pound of onions. That should be 200-250 gms onions. And you’re absolutely right about the sugar. It was 8 ounces and that should be 250gms. We’ve changed the published recipe.

  3. Maureen on May 20th, 2010 11:59 am

    Am about to try this interesting old recipe of Aunt Daisy. She lived in the same town as myself…. Eltham.

  4. Anna on November 25th, 2010 10:16 am

    Am about to make this for my mother’s Christmas present, thank you for the conversions! The old one really is worth listening to as well

  5. Lois Knight on February 12th, 2011 10:01 pm

    Delighted to share Aunt Daisy’s recipes. I hav always found them to be excellent.

  6. lynda on April 9th, 2012 8:25 pm

    Why do you have to give metric…..some of us like the value of cup and teaspoon
    I teach this and kids love it and they become good parent cooks.

  7. Judy on April 19th, 2012 11:46 pm

    Hi Lynda. I still use cups and teaspoons for a lot of my recipes so I’m happy to add these measures to this recipe. I think the reason I changed the measures for Aunt Daisy’s Beetroot Chutney was the the original recipe I used had pounds and ounces. I’ll keep your comments in mind for other recipes from now on. Thanks for your feedback.

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