Devon Fire Chutney is an onion, pepper and orange chutney from Otter Vale Products a small Devon based family business who produce a range of hand-made chutneys, savoury jellies, and other food accompaniments. Their website and packaging emphasises that their products are handmade using the finest ingredients (locally sourced where possible) with no artificial colours or flavourings and they are gluten free. A quick look at their chutney range demonstrates a company who appear to be willing to experiment and try different and interesting flavour combinations (Curried peach chutney and Minted Goosebury to name but two). Their products have won a number of awards including Devon Fire Chutney which was a Gold Winner at the Taste of the West awards.

Otter Vale Products Devon Fire Chutney

The chutney comes in a typical 225g jar and costs £2.25. The packaging is clear and simple with illustrations of some of the ingredients in the product, in a style which you would typically associate with similar products from family businesses.

Ingredients: Sugar, Acetic Acid, Onions (26%), Peppers (11%), Maize Starch, Oranges (3.75%), Chillies, Salt, Spice.

Now, being a fan of all things chillies I like to know what chillies were used in a product, after all chillies have a diverse range of different flavours, smells and heat, so I’m always a little disappointed when a product’s ingredients simply states ‘chillies’, however a quick look at Otter Vale’s website informs me that the chilli used in Devon Fire Chutney is the fruity and fiery Scotch Bonnet.

I’ve never had orange in a chutney before and as someone who is not a fan of marmalade I was initially unsure whether this would be a product for me, however I’m pleased to say I was proven wrong.

When I open the jar I initially smell the vinegar followed by the fruitiness of the orange and a hint of coriander, which automatically reminds me of a good homemade Mango Chutney, my instinct is to grab a stack of poppadoms and get stuck into to the chutney but, alas there were no poppadoms, so I use a Jacobs cracker instead. The chutney has a nice sticky consistency with small chunks of onion, pepper and Scotch bonnet. From my first taste I’m won over, the chutney has a sweet tangy flavour from the orange and onions, with a hint of coriander. This is quickly followed by a decent, but not overwhelming burn from the Scotch Bonnets. The orange gives the chutney a subtle citrus flavour and it really helps bring out the fruitiness of the peppers and Scotch Bonnets. Every now and then I’m surprised by a burst of coriander in my mouth as I bite into a seed but it’s not unpleasant.

For me the great thing about this Chutney is how versatile it is. As I mentioned, it would go very well with poppadoms and other Indian cooking as an alternative to mango chutney. It would also be a great chutney to bring out at Christmas to have with cold meats or as a very welcome addition to your cheese board. The sweet tangy flavours would really complement a mature cheddar or stilton, but at only £2.25 a jar why wait for special occasions when a dollop would also enliven an otherwise dull cheese sandwich.

Value (10/10)

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Greenhouse Sensation Duogrow
Ever fancied getting you hands on a Duogrow Planter, well now Greenhouse Sensation is running an offer where you can save £5 all you have to do is place your order online (follow this link) nd you will automatically get the discount, but you must order before Midnight Friday 2nd October 2015.

Below is a short video by the Clifton Chilli Club on how to use and setup your Duogrow,

Note: If you are running a special offer and we have the time/space in the schedule, please let us know we may publish you offer here as well?


We have talked about creating an awards scheme for the past few years and I always put it off for another year. I wanted to create an award scheme that is similar to the Great Taste Awards, or the Chelsea Flower Show RHS Awards but just for chilli based products.


The proposed ChileFoundry awards would provide Gold, Silver and Bronze awards to products that we think are exceptional. There would be some basic categories, but each category could have any number of each level of awards within them. We would also provide awards to companies that we think have done exceptional work during the year to promote the UK chilli scene.

The plan is to start promoting the awards in March with the awards being awarded in August/September, we will be sending out information emails to as many companies as we know about. The Awards will also be promoted in the national/local and specialist press.

Designs of the certificates is under way ready for examples to be ready for March 2016, for the first year to enter a product is completely free. We will see how much it costs us to run the awards. We will also be looking at some of the UK chilli festivals to see if we can make the awards at one of the UK events.

The 2015 Chilefoundry Award

This year however we are giving away just one award. We are looking for a company/individual that has impressed us/you with their effort and commitment and enthusiasm to promote and expand their business. This is open to anyone involved in the UK chilli market.

We would like you to propose who you think should get the 2015 award using the form below, we will then make our selection based on recommendations.


Red’s Judas Ketchup is a smoky ketchup produced by Red’s True Barbecue, the American-style smokehouse restaurant chain who have a number of restaurants across the country. I’d never heard of Red’s before so paid a quick visit to the website and within seconds their menu had my mouth watering. They specialise in authentic barbecue food from the Southern states of the USA, which means smoked meats cooked slow and low. Menu items include ribs, pulled pork, beef brisket and burgers (including a donut burger!). They also produce a range of sauces to accompany their mostly meat based dishes, which includes their Judas Ketchup.

Red's Judas KetchupJudas Ketchup comes in a pretty typical 320g squeezy ketchup bottle and is on sale at Asda for a very reasonable £1.87. Their packaging has a light hearted evangelical theme (their logo is crucifix made out of a knife and fork) and has a Southern states feel. The label describes the product as a “Tomato sauce with smoked paprika and chipotle chilli” and has the following prayer on the back “Red’s authentic BBQ flavour. Taste and be saved. To worship Fries, Burgers or Meats. They’re going to taste better with a dollop of your new favourite ketchup. Amen.” I really liked this humorous theme across the packaging and their website (I found myself reading it in a stereotypical Southern drawl!), but am I ready to convert to their religion?

The ingredients are what you would expect from a typical ketchup with the addition of Chipotle chilli puree and Smoked Paprika.

Ingredients: Water, Tomato paste, Sugar, Spirit vinegar, Smoked Paprika (2.1%), Salt, Cornflour, Chipotle chilli puree (1%), Cayenne Pepper.

I’ve tried several chilli ketchup’s over the past year some which were very nice but the majority have left little to be desired, however as a big fan of smokey BBQ style sauces I was eager to give this a try.

On first taste you instantly get the sweetness of tomatoes and a typical flavours you associate with a decent ketchup, this is then followed by a smoky depth that you would associate with a BBQ sauce, but this isn’t a BBQ sauce it’s a ketchup and that’s exactly what it tastes like. However, unlike many supermarket brought ketchups you can actually taste the sweetness of the tomatoes over the vinegar which sets this apart from your typical middle of the road ketchup.

In terms of heat there is a very very mild burn, which to be perfectly honest was difficult to detect. I would have liked the ketchup more if the heat was turned up several notches and lingered on the tongue for a few minutes, which it did not. I tried this ketchup with some chicken thigh and sweet potato fries. It went especially well with the fries and I would not hesitate to use this anytime I have chips, fries, wedges etc. It would also go nice on a burger, however I prefer a more spicy BBQ sauce with the majority of barbecued meat.

So has Red’s Judas Ketchup done enough to convert me to their religion and have me worshipping at the altar? Well, at £1.87 a bottle this a very affordable sauce and one that I could putting out when having family barbecues. It would be ideal for people who want something smokey to dip their chips into but without the heat. It is a very respectable tomato ketchup with a subtle smokiness but for me it needed to be a little bit hotter to have me shouting “HALLELUJAH!” from the rooftop.

Nonetheless this has been a good introduction to Red’s products and I am really keen to try more of their sauces and some of the mouthwatering dishes on their menu, so there’s still a chance I will become a believer.

Value (9/10)


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