Pickled Green Tomatoes!

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    Pickled Green Tomatoes!

       
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    This has not been a banner year for any of us New Englanders in "growing your own tomatoes" department. Too much rain, too little sun. I have not seen a single red one yet - but have plenty of green ones. As much as I love a just picked ripe tomato, I am not sad. I can pickle the green ones. Have done that for years. In fact our Thanksgiving Dinner is not TG w/o them. I used to save some green ones just for that purpose. But this year - not to worry, I will have plenty.
    This recipe, I got from my sister, who is not with us any longer. Here we go:

    Pickled green tomatoes:

    2 quarts green tomatoes. 
    2 c. sugar
    3 Tbs. salt
    2 cups vinegar
    5 - 7 cloves
    2 inch piece of cinnamon
    5 - 7 peppercorns
    If you like it spicy - a couple of dried chilies will do.

    Clean and rinse tomatoes. Cut the larger one in quarters, pri*k the smaller ones deeply with a fork.
    Bring sugar, vinager, salt and spices to a boil.
    Add the tomatoes and bring to a boil again. As soon they come to a boil, take them off the heat immediately.
    Now scoop up the tomatoes and place in hot clean, sterilised (dishwasher will do that) jars. Boil the liquid for 10 - 15 minutes longer and pour it over the tomatoes. Quickly seal them and refrigerate. Since no preservative is added - keep refrigerated. Will stay well until Thanksgiving. Mine are usually eaten up by then.
    Enjoy!


    Edit to add:
    One note on the pickled tomatoes. Depending on how juicy the tomatoes are, the liquid can sometimes run thin. I have made them many times and it only happened to me twice. I just pour off all the liquid, boil it some more and then pour it back on the tomatoes. I guess, I didn't boil the liquid long enough the first time to thicken it.
     
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    Re: Pickled Green Tomatoes!

    Thank you so much, Pingo!!  I will definitely use your recipe as I've been pining for my long departed great-grandmothers and wishing I'd gotten her recipe box.  I'm sure it's as long gone as she is... :(  I LOVE green tomato pickles; they are a highlight of my childhood summers.  We used to put them on burgers my grandfather cooked to perfection.  Mmmm.
     
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    Re: Pickled Green Tomatoes!

    We just opened the first jar of my Pickled Green Tomatoes last night - after having them sitting about a month in my refrigerator. Oh, wonderful, wonderful! Every year  I am amazed how good they are. (Mr. P would have finished the jar, if I had not wrangled it from him).
    If you still have some green tomatoes left, do yourself a favor and pickle them. I promise you, you won't be sorry.



     
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    Re: Pickled Green Tomatoes!

    YUM!  Glad they turned out their usual best, pingo!!  I'll see how many we have that are not rotten on the underbellies - I think they're all yucky. :(

    There's always next year, right?
     

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