pickle me green

what do you do with 8 pounds of green tomatoes?
why, pickle ’em, of course!

the tomato plants in the veggie garden have been looking rather sad these past couple of weeks, i think its the colder weather at night, or the sun not performing to its fullest during the day… whatever it is, i decided on saturday that they were coming down to make way for the crimson clover seeds i ordered to create some green manure over the winter!

the GREEN party getting started:

the first round ready for the brine:

and the final product:which could easily be mistaken for monkey brains – be sure to label :0)

here’s how it all went down this sunday afternoon–>

PICKLED GREEN TOMATOES

The recipe below can make from 12-21 pint jars (or 6-10 quarts), I used about 5-8 pounds green (no red at all) tomatoes – can be grape, cherry, or if bigger you may have to cut them up so they can fit nicely in the jars.

BRINE Ingredients:
2 qt. white distilled vinegar
3 qt. water
3/4 c. fine non-iodized salt

Put all of these ingredients in a stock pot and bring to a boil.

In the meantime, each of your sanitized jars (this is for pints, double if using quarts) gets filled up with:
1-3 garlic cloves (or shallots)
1 t. fresh dill
1/2 t. olive oil
1/4 t. pickling spice
1/4 t. alum (optional – keeps product crisper)
1 t. – 1/2 T. chopped spicy pepper
green tomatoes until about 1/2″ from the top

Directions:
Once the brine comes to a boil, fill your jars (that are already filled with the tomatoes, herbs, spices) until about 1/2″ from the top.
Clean off the rims.
Place on the lids.
Screw on the lids until finger-tight.
Place in hot water bath to process for 10 minutes, after it comes to a rolling boil.
Let rest in water with heat off for 5 mins.
Take out, place jars on straining tray, leave them be for 12-24 hours, then check the seals – reprocess if necessary.
Let the pickling powers work their magic for a couple of weeks, then ENJOY!

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i think this calls for a GIVEAWAY!!

leave a comment letting me know if you’d like to be entered in the drawing to
win a PINT of MEL’s PICKLED GREEN TOMATOES
(family, friends, people I see every day – ALL are allowed to enter in the drawing!!)

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Susan on 2011/10/03 at 15:21

    Yes, I’d like to enter your contest to win a “Pint of Mel’s Pickled Green Tomatoes”.

    Your kitchen looked like a Chemistry Lab!

    -Susan

    Reply

  2. What a neat idea! Looks delicious!!!

    What kind of recipe might you put it in?

    Reply

    • Posted by Mel on 2011/10/04 at 10:16

      thanks for asking – i probably should have included that in the post as well –> some of the ways to use pickled green tomatoes: chop them up to serve as a relish over burgers and dogs, thinly sliced to add to your sandwich, serve as an appetizer or a snack – some people even use them as a garnish for their martinis!

      Reply

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