A Season Finale Green Tomato Relish

| 10/1/2013 9:59:00 AM

Of Mice and Mountain MenOver the weekend I pulled out my tomato plants.  The big ones; the cherry tomatoes are still producing and are in a bed that will lie fallow for the winter, so I’ll let those go a while longer.

The tomato plants I pulled yielded a quarter-basket of golf-ball sized green tomatoes; too small to batter and fry (I do like fried green tomatoes!) but too many to just toss in the compost.  I decided to make some green tomato relish.  I also have an abundance of sweet peppers right now; I could put those in there as well.  And of course some onion… and maybe some jalapeno to give it some zing.


To save time, I ran the whole lot of them through a food processor with a grater blade installed.  I get better results – more consistent pieces – if I cut it all by hand, but that is very time consuming and I have other things that must get accomplished today.  I still had to pick out some large chunks and dice them by hand, but not too many.

For the tomatoes, I washed them and removed the stems and any bad spots, but otherwise shredded them whole and as is; green tomatoes are much more solid than ripe tomatoes.  The sweet peppers were cleaned and seeded.  I ended up with 2/3 of the mix being tomatoes 1/3 being a mix of sweet peppers (green, purple, red, yellow) onions (mostly red onions as they don’t keep as well as the yellow ones so I like to use them first) and a few jalapeno peppers: caps removed, the rest (including seeds) run through the shredder. 

The shredded vegetable mix went into a colander in the sink to drain for an hour while I set up the canner and sterilized jars.  When drained, I used a pint jar as a rough measure of how much vegetable mix I had as I transferred it to a stock pot; I had four pints of raw vegetable mix.  This will cook down some, so the 5 jars I prepared will be more than enough.  I used the four pints as a scale for reducing the 12 pint recipe: divide everything by 3.

10/4/2013 4:56:00 AM

What? You don't get a Sept 31 in Nebraska? Huh! :-)

10/2/2013 7:40:57 PM

Hey Allan, I'm still looking for that September 31st day. :0) I'm not a big fan of green tomato anything. I just compost them. Sounds like you are a busy guy with the end of the season harvest. I canned a few tomatoes this year for winter soups but that's about it for me. I'll use the tomatoes to make soup during the winter. Grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup go together nicely during the howling cold winter months. Have a great green tomato relish day.

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