The last few #TastyThursday and #ScrumptiousSunday posts have been centered around unripened green tomatoes, and today I wanted to bring one last amazing recipe using what many people find useless. How about some garlic dill pickled green tomatoes? For some reason I find that some folks are intimidated by doing home pickling – when there’s really not much effort in it! Home pickling is not only more tasty, but it’s incredibly cheap as well. When it comes to picking anything – the only limits are the lack of imagination!
If you’re anything like me, your taste buds do backflips for pickled veggies! The most tedious aspect to any pickling process is waiting, but who says you have to wait? This recipe (which you can use most anything other than green tomatoes) will give you ready to eat pickled green tomatoes in under an hour…or a few hours if you want them chilled.
- 12-18 green tomatoes (about 3 lbs)
- 2 cups white vinegar
- 2 cups water
- 2 tablespoons pickling salt
- 4 heads fresh dill or 4 teaspoons dill seeds
- 4 small cloves garlic
- 4 pint size canning jars
Prepare canning jars. Slice all the green tomatoes in half. Combine vinegar, water, and salt in a pot and bring to a boil.
Place 1 head fresh dill or 1 tsp dill seeds and 1 clove garlic into each jar; pack in green tomatoes. Pour boiling vinegar mixture over green tomatoes to within 1/2 inch of rim (head space). Process for 15 minutes.
Garlic may turn blue or green in the jar. Nothing to be alarmed about, it is only the effect of the acid on the natural pigments in the garlic.
Tip: For more garlic flavor, add an extra clove! For a little kick, add some chilli peppers. We added jalapeño and banana peppers.
Live Well – Eat Well – Be Well
This year we’ve been kissed by the tomato Gods! We’ve probably had over 250 ripened tomatoes from our garden and we just did our last harvest this week. Given that fall is making itself known – we had over 3 dozen green tomatoes which needed clipped as the days are already too short (lack of sun) and the nighttime temperatures have noticeably cooled to temperatures that tomato plants are not fond of.
There’s no need to fret over an abundance of green tomatoes though! Green tomatoes (which are not fully ripened) can be just a delicious as the bright red fruit, given that you know what to do with them. So don’t worry about paper bagging your green tomatoes or God forbid, throwing them out…as I will dedicate the next few #TastyThursday and #ScrumptiousSunday posts to some of our favorite recipes using green tomatoes. Today I give you: Green Tomato Bread! This delicious bread has the familiarity of zucchini or banana bread, with the unique and tasty cut from the high acidity of green tomatoes. Oh, and it’s easy! Bon Appétit!
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup banana, purée
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups finely chopped green tomatoes
- 1 1/2 cups of chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine the first 6 ingredients in large bowl. Make a well in the center of mixture.
Combine the banana, oil, and vanilla; stir well. Add to dry ingredients and stir just until moistened. Fold in the tomatoes and pecans.
Spoon the batter into 2 greased and floured 8 1/2 by 4 1/2 inch loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire rack for 10 minutes, then remove and cool completely on wire rack. Enjoy!
Live Well – Eat Well – Be Well