As some of you may know, we like to grow fruit and vegetables in our garden. I think it is a wonderful experience for the children – learning all about seeds, planting and growing. And nothing tastes better than fresh produce picked that day (we gave our neighbour one of our very few red tomatoes recently and she is still gushing about it! Yay!).
Sadly.. due to a very poor summer.. we have lots of STUNNING looking green tomatoes, and less red ones. I know you can ripen them indoors – but from experience, they have to have started ripening EVER so slightly in order to turn completely read. We have many beautiful tomatoes that are not even fully grown yet.
So. What to make. One of my favourite recipes is this Green Tomato Recipes – a chutney, it is delicious and makes for fabulous gifts at Chirstmas:
Ingredients: (makes about 1.5kg)
- 1.1kg green tomatoes
- 250g apples
- 250g onions
- 12g salt
- 125g seedless raisins
- 125g sultanas
- 1 tbsp whole black peppercorns
- 12g root ginger
- 6 cloves
- 2 red chillies
- 250g Demerara sugar
- 300ml malt vinegar
1) Finely chop the tomatoes & onions.
2) Place the two in a pan, sprinkle with the salt and leave for at least an hour.
3) Add the raisins and sultanas.
4) Bruise the ginger and chillies and put with the other spices into a piece of muslin (I have used tea eggs in the past too), tie firmly and add to the pan with the vinegar.
5) Bring to the boil and then switch down to a simmer, add the sugar stirring frequently until dissolved.
6) Continue stirring occasionally and press onto the muslin bag until thickened.
7) Remove the muslin bag.
Place into heat treated jars (you can put your jars in the oven at low heat for half an hour). Screw the lids on tightly and let cool down. I actually store ours in the fridge too, though it isn’t strictly necessary!
Have you got any Green Tomato Recipes to share? I would love to see them!!