So what do I do with all these green tomatoes? How about making and canning green tomato relish! (I've heard it is also called Chow Chow)
The recipe calls for bell peppers - which I can't stand. I left the peppers out of my recipe and it's great, but feel free to add them if you so choose.
I had about 6 cups of heirloom green cherry tomatoes (using a liquid measuring cup).
2 green bell peppers - seeded & cored
1 red bell pepper - seeded & cored
1 large sweet yellow onion
1 Tablespoon mixed pickling spices
1 Tablespoon celery seed
1 - 2 cups apple cider vinegar (depending on the quantity of tomatoes you use - start with 1 cup & taste. Add more if needed)
2 cups granulated sugar (I used ORGANIC sugar)
1.5 Tablespoons canning/pickling salt
This recipe yielded 5 - 8 oz jars.
Chop the tomatoes & peppers finely. (Since I have twin toddlers there was no way I was going to chop all those tomatoes. I put them in the food processor, in small batches, and it worked great!)
Dice onion. Put veggies in a large pot, add spices, salt, sugar & vinegar. Stir well and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer, stirring frequently, until relish cooks down & thickens. This should take about an hour & a half. Place hot relish in prepared jars.
When jars are cool, test for a seal by pressing down on center of lid. If lid center does not flex up and down the lid is sealed. Store in a cool, dry, dark place.
So, why am I posting a recipe for relish on my sewing blog? Look what I did with all the scraps of fabric and miles of ribbon I have!
I am also currently canning this summer's fruit harvest for Christmas gifts. I've already bought the Holiday fabric.
If you're not into spending all day in a hot kitchen this summer, why not fill a Ball jar with Epsom salt & add some flowers from your lavender bush (make sure you've dried them first) to make a relaxing salt bath gift.