Pickled Green Tomatoes
For those of you who are suffering from a fate similar to my parents’, with mountains of green tomatoes heaped upon all available surfaces, I offer up this little recipe. My proportions are based upon a single pound of green tomatoes, for as abundant as they are out west, I had a heck of a time finding enough out this way to fill even two 12-ounce jars. A friend out in Lancaster County sent me a few of her spares, but they’ve been entirely absent at my regular haunts.
I’m grateful to have these though, and I hope that those of you who are swimming in greens find the time to put a few jars up this way.
Pickled Green Tomatoes and Pickled Sweet Cherries: both from Food in Jars, so you know they’re great!
- Place the following into the bottom of each hot, ready-for-canning jar:
- 1 pound green tomatoes, stemmed and cut into wedges
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pickling salt
- 2 teaspoons dill seed
- 4 garlic cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon peppercorn
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 teaspoon dill seed
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon peppercorn
- 1 bay leaf
Preparation time 20mins
Cooking time 30mins
Adapted from foodinjars.com
1. Combine vinegar, water and salt and bring to a boil.
2. Pack green tomato wedges into the jars. Pour brine slowly into the jars. Use a wooden chopstick to remove the air bubbles and add a bit of additional brine if necessary. Wipe rims, apply simmered lids and screw on bands.
3. Process in a boiling water canner for 10 minutes. When time is up, remove jars from canner and let them cool on a towel-lined countertop. When jars are completely cool, remove rings and test seals by grasping the edges of the lid and lifting the jar. If the lids hold fast, the seal is good.
4. Store in a cool, dark place for up to one year. Pickles are good to eat after one week of curing. They are particularly good with sandwiches and stews.
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