Our award-winning Apple with Westcountry Cider Chutney took the Silver in the 2019 International Cheese Awards – hard cheese accompaniment class, to sit alongside its Great Taste Award 1 star from 2013. This very popular chutney is the perfect accompaniment to a cheese ploughman’s and is ideal with pork or cold ham.
The traditional cider used to create our Apple with Westcountry Cider Chutney is sourced directly from our Devon producer and leaves a delicate tang on the tongue.
Ingredients: Sugar, Cider Vinegar, Apples (20%), Onions, Sultanas, Cider (3.5%), Modified Starch (from Corn), Garlic Salt, Mustard Powder, Spices, Mustard Seed.
Nutritional Information: per 100 g serving
of which saturates 0.0g
of which sugars 35.7g
For allergens, see items highlighted in bold.
International Cheese Awards 2019: Silver – hard cheese accompaniment.
Great Taste 1 Star 2013
Otter Vale Apple & West Country Cider Chutney 225g
In our dedicated kitchens, located on the outskirts of Cullompton in mid-Devon, we take great pride in the manufacture of all our products.
“Supporting local” is extremely important to our family and our business, and helps reduce any environmental impact. Wherever possible we source our ingredients and packaging from local producers, or local suppliers. Sadly, pineapples don’t grow in Cullompton – even with our famous Devonian climate! We’re always happy to discuss the provenance of our ingredients and materials, so just ask.
We peel all our onions by hand, making sure only the best flesh goes through to the cooking process. The onions and fruit are chopped up in oversized food processors which allow us to process about 8lbs of onions at a time. We check to make sure that the pieces aren’t too big or blended too small to become like a puree – it’s a bit like Goldilocks, they have to be ‘just right’.
When products are ready, we pour it into jars. We “hot fill” our jars, meaning that we do not have to adulterate the flavour, taste or texture by adding an extra process such as pasteurisation. When they are cool enough to safely handle, they are labelled, and the jars are shrink wrapped for retail sale. This is essential from a health and safety perspective, but primarily for food safety/potential allergen control.
So whilst our company grows and we gently add some modernisation, our commitment and heritage will always be to work with integrity and pride in delivering high quality products to you, our valued and discerning customer! Whilst Otter Vale has won a number of awards, our biggest reward is hearing how our customers (and dare we say fans) enjoy what we make.
Otter Vale is a member of Grow Green Exeter, and we are committed to being as sustainable as possible. As in all aspects of our business, we work internally and with external consultants and associations to ensure that we are working to the highest standards and as ethically as we can.
We are particularly focused on reducing unnecessary plastic use. We have been trying to source a more sustainable shrink wrapping solution, but in the interim we “recycle” the off-cuts by collecting them on a wheel and using them for packaging parcels and orders from our on line shop. This way, we feel we can avoid buying in inappropriate extra plastic packaging.
We use local cardboard packaging suppliers who are Forest Stewardship Council certified and members of various industry schemes including recycling.
We use British glass which comes to us from a south west company. Using glass allows us to hot fill our retail-ready jars, and is of course recyclable – or re-usable at home if you fancy making some chutney of your own, like we do!
A true artisan company combining passion with a wealth of skill. Whether looking for mincemeat for your Christmas mince pies, some english mustard to stir in to a cheese sauce (for that important extra kick) or you are just looking for a cheeky marmalade to provide motivation for the day ahead, Otter Vale is there for you. Their piccalilli is also beyond words, with a stunning array of crunchy vegetables.