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Sweet Pickled Green Tomatoes

September 16th, 2009 · No Comments · Posted in garden, Recipes

A classic pickle: green tomatoes

A classic pickle: green tomatoes

So our 12 tomato plants came down this week to make room for cabbage and fall greens, leaving me with about 20 pounds of perfectly usable green tomatoes. What to do?

In fact, there are any number of things you can do with green tomatoes, probably more than you think. Everyone’s heard of fried green tomatoes by now. We turn those into a bacon, lettuce and fried green tomato sandwich. Or, have you ever considered a green tomato pizza? My wife makes the world’s best pizza crust. We use all sorts of toppings. Green tomatoes turned out to be a revelation.

But one of our favorite destinations for green tomatoes by far is this recipe for sweet pickles. We use an old-fashioned method of crisping green tomato wedges in a pickling lime solution before cooking them on the stove in a sweet apple cider brine spiced with mustard seeds, allspice, cinnamon, cloves. They are then tranfered into pint-size canning jars and processed to seal the lids.

Pickling lime can be difficult to find in local stores. I purchase mine at a farm supply. But you can also find it online.

This is one crisp, sweet pickle and it will turn heads. We have found that it can turn complete strangers into fast friends. If you have access to green tomatoes, this should be high on your to-do list.

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