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Green Tomato Relish

October 19th, 2009 · No Comments

Green Tomato Relish

Green Tomato Relish

With frost coming quickly here in central Virginia, I decided to pick the majority of our green tomatoes.  The larger ones I am going to cover with newspaper and set to ripen.  These will continue to ripen until probably Christmas or New Year.

The smaller ones I made into green tomato relish.  Green Tomato Relish is also called Chow Chow or Picalilli.  It is a good way to use up a surplus of green tomatoes, green and red peppers and onions.

It tastes like a spicy sweet relish similar to bread and butter pickles and it is excellent on hot dogs, pork, in soups, etc.   Randy can eat it right out of the jar.  I prefer it on hot dogs or hamburgers.

Green Tomato Relish

  • 4 cups of finely chopped green tomatoes

    Main ingredients for Picalilli

    Main ingredients for Picalilli

  • 8 bell peppers – green, red or yellow
  • 5 onions, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons pickling spice
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 cups vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons of pickling salt

All vegetables should be finely chopped.  You can use a food processor but I use my handy dandy Pampered Chef chopper.  It’s a bit more work but I try to keep our electric appliances to a minimum.  I have survived a year without a mixer or a food processor.

After chopping the tomatoes put them in a colander to drain.  Sprinkle them lightly with pickling salt.  If you use regular salt, your relish may turn cloudy due to impurities in the salt.

Chop the bell peppers and add them to colander sprinkling lightly with pickling salt.

Chop the onions and add them to colander sprinkling them lightly with pickling salt.

Chopped vegetables

Chopped vegetables

Let vegetables drain for 3 hours – 24 hours.

After vegetables are drained, add them and the remaining ingredients to a large pan.  Set temperature on med high and bring to a boil stirring occasionally.  Once it is boiling, turn heat to med low and bring back to a boil.

Once it has come back to a boil for the second time, you can ladle it into hot sterilized jars.  Add lids and then put them in a water bath and boil for 20 minute.

Remove jars from water and set out to cool.  Check tops to make sure that all have sealed.

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