Have a lot of green tomatoes?

Does your dining room table look like this?  (That would be 5 pounds of green tomatoes, along with a huge bok choy, 2 1/2 pounds of chard, and eggplants if you’re curious.)

Then make this!

Here’s the link to Farmgirl Susan’s Green Tomato Relish.  It’s very good, easy to make, uses up a lot of green tomatoes (2 pounds per batch), and is fun to have for the winter.  Nik and I made it yesterday.  We made a double batch and got 6 pints along with a little for eating yesterday.  It’s quite vinegar-y and I think I must admit that it reminds me a smidge of Mom’s pickles that she made from sliced cucumbers zucchini when we were young.  I remember despising those with a passion, really despising them.  So I think either I have a bad memory and this doesn’t taste like those did – or my tastes have matured!  Anyway, it takes a bit of time to chop all the stuff but then you just let it cook for an hour, put it into jars and process it for 15 minutes in a boiling water bath.  Very easy and very good!

My only comment on the recipe is that she says not to use supermarket apple cider vinegar.  I didn’t have anything else and didn’t have time to search out what she recommended.  So I just used my Heinz apple cider vinegar that I had already.  I’m assuming that it will be fine, if not as ideal.  I also used Winesap apples.  And she says that the cumin is optional but we definitely used it and it tastes great.

P.S. The more things I have in the freezer/canned, the more I feel the desire to can and freeze.  I think I understand the squirrel’s drive to bury every last acorn he can find before winter comes.

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6 Responses to Have a lot of green tomatoes?

  1. nanacilla says:

    Those were zucchini pickles – trying to use up the baseball bat size zucs we had that year.  I frankly don’t have good memories of them either!

  2. nutmeggmama says:

    wow! good job with that. i used costco apple cider vinegar. we loved this with shredded chicken on tortillas. plus a little sour cream and cheese. mmmm…

  3. lauraejudge says:

    @nanacilla – Got it!  As I was typing “cucumbers” – I was wondering where you got them since they don’t really grow easily in AK!  I’m glad you didn’t like them either!

  4. Aunt Zona says:

    I totally agree with that love of preserving food.  How are plans progressing for the side yard?

  5. Aunt Zona says:

    That made me laugh!  I shall call him Broccoli Strawberries!

  6. mmm, that looks tasty. You’ll have a TON for winter!

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