Can you put chutney on compost heaps?

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Can you put chutney on compost heaps?

Post: # 219658Post Peggy Sue
Sat Jan 08, 2011 10:03 am

I'm really loahed to throw anything away but this chutney is 09 and a bit acidic now...and there's lots of fresh lovely chutney I don't want to go off.
But where do I throw it, do I really have to surrender it to the bin or can I use it in the compost (or another way?) I'm a bit worried about composting it with the acidity, our soil is acid enough too.

Any ideas welcome!
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Post: # 219664Post Peggy Sue
Sat Jan 08, 2011 10:25 am

Ah now theres a thought, I knew there were sensible people out there!
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Re: Can you put chutney on compost heaps?

Post: # 219665Post Marmalady
Sat Jan 08, 2011 10:31 am

How much are you wanting to dispose of?

if its just an odd jar or so -- why not use it up in cooking -- add a spoonfull or two to a casserole or pan of soup for added flavour. Or a teaspoonfull to a marinade.

Was the chutney always acidic? normally chutneys get more mellow over time.

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Post: # 219697Post Peggy Sue
Sat Jan 08, 2011 1:43 pm

It's two pretty large jars.... I do use it in cooking but it might take a while with all I have. It may be fermented rather than simply acidic, it's nearly 2 years old so on the basis they are generally meant to last a year and have gone rather discoloured and odd flavoured I'm just on the lookout for a disposal idea
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Post: # 219999Post sleepyowl
Mon Jan 10, 2011 11:42 am

Bury it & plant a blueberry bush over it, they like acid conditions
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Re: Can you put chutney on compost heaps?

Post: # 221651Post roger ramjet
Sun Jan 23, 2011 2:20 pm

I put nearly anything and everything that will rot on my compost heap, after a few months it has all merged into a lovely black cake like mass. I also put on vacuum cleaner dust, egg shells and newspaper as well, but not bones. If you are at all worried about excess acid, just sprinkle a little lime on top that will neutralise it. Really I think you are safe to put chutney on the heap without any adverse reaction.

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Post: # 221749Post Peggy Sue
Mon Jan 24, 2011 8:19 am

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