Friday, October 9, 2009

Got Green Tomatoes?

If you are a gardener that has tomatoes, the inevitable happens every year. The end of growing season comes before all of your tomatoes are finished growing.

Here are a few things I have done with green tomatoes in the past.

Green Tomato Jam I and II (no jello in these)

Green Tomato Salad (that you can also can)

And now Green Tomato Chutney. The nice thing about this one is that you can can it as well. I found the recipe in Martha Stewart Annual 2003.

Green Tomato Chutney

4 pounds green tomatoes, finely diced
2 cinnamon sticks
1 tablespoon mustard seeds
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1 large onion, diced
1 cup golden raisins
2 cups packed brown sugar
finely grated zest of one lemon

Bring all of the ingredients to a boil in a large saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-high and simmer until mixture thickens. This will take over an hour, depending on how high your heat is.

Remove cinnamon sticks and place in 1/2 pint jars, wiping any spillage at the top of the jar. Place lids and rims on and seal. Place in a hot water bath (water should cover jars) and boil for 15 minutes. Remove jars from water bath and place on towel. Jars should seal within an hour. If there are any jars that the lids did not "go down" or seal, after they have cooled, refrigerate them.


Grace said...

great green tomatoes, batman! these are terrific dishes, lori, but here's my question--where are the fried ones? :)

kat said...

I'll have to remember this one for next year. I love chutney on sandwiches.

The Blonde Duck said...

I thought green tomatoes were a myth!

Mary said...

You got some great uses for green tomatoes here. Your photos are lovely.

Katy ~ said...

My mother was BIG into canning green tomato relish. I don't have the flair for canning, but I wish I did because all your canned items look so good. I love to see a bountiful pantry.

Chow and Chatter said...

cool creations with green tomatos new to me as a Brit looks great tough

Murasaki Shikibu said...

I live in olive & tomato country so I have been seeing green tomatoes in the market! Thing is it's unusually warm this year so we'll probably be seeing more a bit later on. I wish there was a way to make green mango chutney without vinegar though...any ideas?

Lori said...

Grace- So funny because I was going to post that one in a few days. I actually had the words up- to say that it would be coming soon to this blog.

Murasaki- I wonder if lemon juice would be a good replacement. It has the acidity that a chutney needs. Its worth a shot I think.