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October 22, 2006

Green Tomatoes

Just when I've totally given up on my tomatoes, the weather turns nice again! I made a batch of Green Tomato Mincemeat a month or so ago thinking that there was no way they'd ripen any more than they already had, but our weather has been incredibly sunny this fall, and it has really extended the harvest. While out in the garden this morning to gather more green tomatoes, I noticed that many of the plants are actually still flowering and producing new fruit (especially the Juliets). I picked everything that didn't have a red tinge to it yet, but I left the Juliets to their own devices, because they seem to ripen so quickly.

On the agenda for today was a batch of Farmgirl Susan's Green Tomato Relish. It's much like a tangy salsa, flavoured with cumin and cilantro, which are two of my very favorite things. In addition to using up the last of my tomatoes, it also made use of some of the 25 pounds of apples that arrived a few days ago (more on that tomorrow) as well as the last of my Walla Walla onions. It looked so pretty in the pot:

The only change I made to the recipe was to replace the jalapeno peppers with Frank's Red Hot sauce (about 1/3 of a cup). The kids like a little heat in their condiments, but not as much 4 jalapeno peppers would have added. It turned out just right.
My previous green tomato project (the mincemeat, above right) turned out wonderfully as well. I used the recipe that my mom always made when I was growing up, so it is sure to add a bit of nostalgia to our holiday festivities.


4 comments:

Carla said...

Wow, looks like you had quite a crop! The green tomato relish sounds good. I'm always looking for new ideas for those green tomatoes.

Lu said...

Hi - super colorful picture in the sauce pan! Is that a pint jar you used for the relish? A guy I work with has some green tomatoes he said he'd give me (my plants took a hit with a recent rainstorm) so I might try this recipe. Do you also have the recipe for the mincemeat or is it a family secret?! Can you be emailed through your blog? Thanks a bunch!

Cheryl said...

Carla - Yes, I would definitely recommend the relish.

Lu - Yes, it is in a pint jar in the photo. I got 7 1/2 pints in total, but I made a double batch of the relish.
I can certainly give you the recipe for the mincemeat. Maybe I'll do a separate post on it in a day or so (let me know if you need it before then).

Lu said...

Cheryl - thanks. No rush on the recipe. When you have time, that's fine!

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