Green Tomatoes

Hoping everyone’s week went well.  It is still HOT here.  I was told that last night at 9:00p.m. it was 92 degrees outside my house.  The air conditioner is getting a workout this summer.  We’re promised scattered thunderstorms this weekend and I am ready; even a quick downpour would be nice.
    1:30p.m.  A friend of mine gave me some green tomatoes to make my Green Tomato Relish, but I don’t have any Tumeric or whole mustard seeds and I forgot to buy the  (AH!  I hear thunder!) cabbage.  So I decided to make my fave Green Tomato Pickles with Onions; espically since the tomatoes are in the fridge, salted and drained.  I’ve been making these for 5 years now.  I love it when, at the end of the season, someone says “come get all these green tomatoes before the frost gets them”.   You’ll find the recipe and photos for my Green Tomato Relish on last years garden Blog.  Here: Green Tomato Relish
http://arkansasfarmerette.wordpress.com/2011/10/29/green-tomato-relish/


Here is the recipe Green Tomato Pickles with Onions recipe I make:

1 gallon sliced tomatoes – 16 cups
2 cups sliced onions
1.4 c. canning or pickling salt
4 c. vinegar (I use apple cider vinegar)
3 cups brown sugar
1 tablespoon whole cloves
1 tablespoon allspice
1 tablespoon celery seed
1 tablespoon mustard seed

1.  Slice tomatoes and onions,  Sprinkle with 1/4 c. salt and let stand 4 to 6 hours.  Drain.
2.  Heat and stir sugar into vinegar until dissolved.  Tie cloves, allspice, celery, and mustard seeing a cheesecloth or spice bag.  Add to vinegar with tomatoes and onions.  Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes, stirring as needed to prevent sorching.  Tomatoes should be tender and transparent when properly cooked.
3.  Remove spice bag.  Fill jars and cover with vinegar solution.  Leave 1/2-inch headspace.  Adjust lids and process in boiling water bath canner; 10 minutes for pints, 15 minutes for quarts.
4.  This recipe yields about 9 pints.

Notes:  I like my tomatoes and onions chunky so I quarter them.  I split apart the onion layers so they will cook better and you’ll get more in each jar that way.
 
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Oh yeah I mentioned thunder eariler in this post…

RAIN!!!  It has been raining nice and slow for an hour and the temp is so much cooler.  Yeah!!!

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