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Old 09-19-2007, 08:15 AM   #1
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Green Tomatoes

The days are getting colder. Winter is at the doorstep. Still have alot of greem tomatos on the vine. What can I do with these? Can or pickle them? Anyone have any ideas? Hate to see them go to waste, I worked so hard with them. Thanks

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Old 09-19-2007, 08:19 AM   #2
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You can pickle them. My mom and dad used to do that. I have as well.

You can, of course make fried green tomatos.

Also, you could make this:

Green Tomato Oatmeal Bars

4 C Green Tomato, finely chopped
2 C Brown sugar, divided
2 Tb Lemon Juice
1 tsp Lemon Extract
3/4 C Butter, softened (1 sticks)
1 1/2 C Flour
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
2 C Oats
1/2 C Walnuts, chopped

Preheat the oven to 375 F.

Drain the tomatoes on paper towels for 10 minutes.

In a saucepan, combine the tomatoes with one cup of the brown sugar and the lemon juice. Simmer, uncovered, for about 30 minutes or until thickened.

Remove from the heat, stir in the lemon extract and set aside.

Cream the butter and the remaining brown sugar with an electric mixer.

Sift the flour, baking soda and salt together and add it to the butter/sugar mixture. Mix well.

Stir in the oats and nuts.

Press 2 cups of the oat mixture into a greased a 13x9 pan.

Spread the tomato mixture on top.

Crumble the remaining oat mixture on top of the tomato mixture.

Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.

Cool and cut into squares.
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Old 09-19-2007, 08:25 AM   #3
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Cajun...

You don't say where you are in your profile, but if it were me I would not pull the green tomatoes until after the first frost. They will continue to ripen in the coming days. Obviously if you want to pickle some or use them in any other recipe that calls for green tomatoes then by all means do so.


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Old 09-19-2007, 08:42 AM   #4
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Sorry about the error on location Uncle Bob. It has been corrected. I'm in Idaho.
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Old 09-19-2007, 08:51 AM   #5
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Not an error Cajun. It's a choice. No apology is needed!! It does help sometimes knowing where someone is to give a good response. So Idaho. Certainly you are looking at an earlier frost date than I am for sure! So you are wise to be thinking ahead for what to do with all of the green tomatoes. Green tomato relish/salsa type things may be an option.
As well as the ideas already mentioned! Anyway I wish I had your problem! Ha!
Good Luck!!

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Old 09-19-2007, 09:40 AM   #6
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Here's a delicious way to use them up:

Church Relish (Piccalilli)

4 cups ground green tomatoes
4 cups cabbage
4 cups onions
12 green peppers
6 red peppers
1 cup salt

Syrup:
4 cups sugar
4 cups vinegar
1 tablespoon celery seed
1 tablespoon mustard seed
1 tablespoon turmeric

Cut tomatoes and peppers; sprinkle with salt. Let stand overnight. Rinse and drain. Grind tomatoes, cabbage, onion, and peppers into pan.
Make syrup and boil 3 minutes; add measured mixture to boiling syurup. Cook thoroughly 5-10 minutes. Can hot.

*This is a very old recipe. Check your Ball Blue Book for processing time.
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Old 09-19-2007, 06:16 PM   #7
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Green Tomatoe Mincemeat

I make Green Tomatoe Mincemeat with green tomatoes. No meat but you can't beat the taste. No one who has tried this has ever guessed that green tomatoes were used. Anyone want the recipe? Be glad to send it to you. By the way, I freeze it, no canning.
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Old 09-19-2007, 06:54 PM   #8
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I've made this Green Tomato Soup from a 2004 recipe I found in Gourmet magazine. It's delicious.
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Old 09-19-2007, 07:35 PM   #9
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Lots of good ideas here already! I had never seen the oatmeal bars or the soup, will have to try IF we don't use what we have as fried green tomatoes. Here in Oklahoma, it's almost required that you have some at LEAST once a summer! But it's an acquired taste, I think, and if you didn't grow up with it, you might not care for it.

Normally I pick my tomatoes the evening of the first expected frost. I take them to the basement and line them up on top of newspaper on a table I have down there. I have had them ripen all the way to Thanksgiving that way. Granted, a few will rot, and the taste of the ones that ripen is not as good as if they had ripened on the vine. I heard of someone who uprooted the whole tomato plant, washed off all the dirt and tied the plant from her basement rafters upside down, then picked the tomatoes as they ripened. I never tried this, though.

I have pickled green tomatoes using my favorite dill pickle recipe and just substituting the green tomatoes for the cucumbers. Makes good Christmas gifts for those you know who like to try "different" things.
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Old 09-19-2007, 10:32 PM   #10
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Check out this thread for some ideas. Imbedded in the thread (on page 1, posted by Constance), is an earlier thread with even more recipes Green tomato ideas?

I've made most of the recipes listed in both threads (all excellent!), except for the green tomato pound cake, which I will try this year.

I don't remember if Green Tomato Parmesan is listed in any of the threads, but I make that a lot. It may be even BETTER than eggplant parm!

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