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Harvest Time #9: Green Cherry Tomato Pickles "FROST! Harvest" Recipe

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So what do you do when there are still tomatoes on the vines but frost is coming in fast? Well, you do a mad dash harvest run!

So, now that you have so many green cherry tomatoes, what then? Why, whip up a batch of green cherry tomato pickles!

Was the wifes’ idea to do that… Still got plenty of tomatoes on hand however, so tomorrow I’m going to dig up everything I need to make some green (and some red) tomato ketchup. :)

Still got plenty of figs on the fig tree (bush) that I’m hoping will not be harmed. Wanting to whip up another batch of fig paste for cookies down the road. I figure I should be able to use them if they’re not totally ripe, considering that you add the sugar to it also… So it’s all good.

Also have quite a few eggplant, peppers, tomatios and whatnot we picked. Not sure what’s planned for those..

(pictures are down for a bit due to maintenance)

-- Planting Daylilies in Kentucky, zone 6b



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GrandmaT

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posted 2095 days ago

Quite a late harvest you got there Scott!!! Looks fantastic. I like the idea of ketchup … have you made that before? Normally you hear of tomatoes being used for everything else; except ketchup. Green ketchup, eh?? Does it have more of a tang??

I am loving all your canning/bottling suggestions … and by golly next year I am planning on joining you in trying this … but you and I have already talked about this :-) ... do keep your suggestions and recipes coming.

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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MsDebbieP

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posted 2095 days ago

recipe time!!!
green tomato pickles
green ketchup??

you just can’t enjoy quiet time, can you?? !! :D

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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XploreOrganics

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posted 2095 days ago

Wow! What a lot of tomatoes, I’m amazed. The pickles look yummy..yup recipe please ;)

-- Xploreorganics, 5b Canada, LFD 06-20 http://colorfulcanary.blogspot.com/

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jroot

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posted 2095 days ago

At this time of year, mom used to make Green Tomato Butter, which is a type of sweet pickle. My sister has the recipe, and promises to share, but I still have yet to get it, ... after 20 years of waiting.

Scott, I am impressed with the fact that you use what you grow so effectively. Well done. I wish I had more space here, ... and a friendlier climate.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Bon

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posted 2095 days ago

I have really enjoyed seeing the pictures of all your hard labour this year Scott.Thanks for sharing them all with us.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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MsDebbieP

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posted 2095 days ago

hah give us her email… we ALL want that recipe now :D

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Scott Hildenbrand

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posted 2095 days ago

Gram: It IS a bit late, isn’t it.. :) This time of year things are so busy that it’s hard to get out to the garden to do anything. There were several ripe tomatoes that went bad on the vine.. As the wife says, we’re just about burned out on them anyway.. This sweeper harvest blew through from one side to the other and I think we’ve got 75% of what was still usable, including the greens.. Needless to say, we had fried (actually baked) green tomatoes last night for dinner. Green ketchup does have a flavor all it’s own.. Granted, last time I had it, it was store bought so looking forward to trying my own; if even it isn’t entirely green.. Have several reds and yellows as well.

Debbie: Quiet time? What’s that? I’d been racking my brain for the past week planning out things to fix around the house.. I’ve got sheets of OSB in the garage waiting to be hauled up stairs to put in more flooring in the attic area. I know full well I’ll end up having to cut a hole in the wall in order to get the stuff in.. Procrastinating…

jroot: Green tomato butter? I’m not sure if I want to say yum, or yargh.. Truth be known I’m not a fan ov tomatoes.. ;) Store bought SUCK.. These however have been pleasing enough on the pallet for me. Anyway, I’m game for trying… See if you can get that recipe and we’ll give it a shot next year.. What do you use it on, though?

Ok, so here’s the finished product out of the (odd method) water bath.

And here’s the recipe.. It’s an unproven recipe that the wife found, but I’m sure it’s fine and dandy.

  • Cherry (or sliced) green tomatoes.. I’d think just cherries would be best.
  • Garlic
  • Celery
  • Onion
  • Dill
  • Green Pepper
  • Vinegar

Wash tomatoes and drain, then put them into small [we used pints] jars.

To each pint add 1 clove of garlic, 1 stalk celery [we didn’t use so much], 1 small onion [we used slices], 1 head of dill [can be 3/4 tsp of seed. we used weed], some green pepper.

Bring to a boil [we did this while filling] : 2 quarts water, 1 quart vinegar [what ever kind you like], 3/4 cups salt and boil for 5 minutes with the cover on.

Pour liquid into jars and seal with new lids. Place jars into water bath and [this is where it’s odd] bring to a boil. Once at a rolling boil turn off heat and let jars stand in the hot bath until cool.

Whelp.. That’s it… I’ll get ya the ketchup recipe I choose, well, once I choose it and try it out… ;)

Oh.. PS.. This recipe does not say anything about letting them sit, but I’m under the assumption that as with any pickling they will get stronger the longer they sit in the solution before eating. I would think that with the size of the tomatoes and their mass that it would be something like 2 weeks before osmosis reached an equilibrium.

-- Planting Daylilies in Kentucky, zone 6b

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MsDebbieP

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posted 2095 days ago

sounds interesting. Too bad all my tomatoes are long gone.. But next year!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Scott Hildenbrand

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posted 2095 days ago

Hehehe… Here’s a picture of what’s LEFT to deal with. I’m most likely going to stick with just the green tomatoes and maybe toss in a few yellows for when I do ketchup.

Also have some hot [that should not have been] peppers that I may ADD SLICED in to a few select jars for a little kick.

Oh… Hot tip of the day… Baskets are fine and dandy for harvesting, but the BEST thing we’d found are dish pans.. They’re light, easy to clean and DIRT cheap.. 2 or 3 bucks a pop and you’ve got a nice size harvesting container.

Sadly… I’d already retired all the harvest baskets to the basement for the season, so I hijacked my sons wagon to put stuff into.. Was more than we expected to pick.

-- Planting Daylilies in Kentucky, zone 6b

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GrandmaT

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posted 2095 days ago

I am seeming to remember that my “from the old country” grandfather; who loved the land and his garden … and canned/pickled/bottled/froze everything from his garden would never let us eat his pickles or beets the year he prepared them. What I do remember though Scott is the HUGE amount of sliced onions in with his dill and sweet pickles. We used to fight over the onions. :-) Anyway that was so long ago, and I was young … so not quite sure I am remembering the waiting a year accurately. But I do know we had to check the dates as to what jar we could grab from the pantry cellar … boy I miss my grandfather’s pantry full of garden delights and the squeeky wooden door we had to go through … memories …

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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Scott Hildenbrand

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posted 2095 days ago

I think next year the wife is wanting to pick up some pickling cucumbers… I’m all for making pickles, but it is alot of work.. Like a week long [do stuff daily] process if I’m not mistaken.

If you’re talking pickle pickles… I can fully see a year waiting until they’re done.

If we get a chance to try out doing our own sweet/dill pickles I’ll surely fill you in on the whole process and details.. ;)

-- Planting Daylilies in Kentucky, zone 6b

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GrandmaT

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posted 2095 days ago

I am almost positive Grandpa used cukes from his garden … and I would LOVE you to fill me in on that process. Right now I would give anything to have those recipes from my grandfather … his sweet and dill pickles, pickled onions and beets; plum jam, apricot jam, chunky applesauce, pie fillings (from his trees), tomato sauce and juice … he never wrote anything down nor measured … a pinch of this, sprinkle that in till I say stop, a palm of that … yah, this looks right …

What wonderful days with my Grandfather, Scott … and as I said above, I would love to be filled in on how you pickle your cukes next year. I’m gearing up … who knows maybe I will make him proud next summer as he looks down on me. ;-)

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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MsDebbieP

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posted 2095 days ago

dill pickles are about as easy as pickled beets!
I seem to remember that making relish isn’t too bad .. but when you get into the sweet pickles, well, yes, there’s a lot of waiting, draining etc.

My Mom used to can everything. And my neighbour’s (when I was young) sweet pickles were DELICIOUS!!!!! they still make me drool and it’s been about 40 years since I’ve had some.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Scott Hildenbrand

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posted 2089 days ago

Ok, so I tried the green tomato ketchup recipe that I found… I’ll save anyone the horror of trying it for themselves.. It was vomit inducing.. :p

HOWEVER! We cracked open a thing of the green tomato pickles and….

Well, let me start off by saying;

1.) I hate tomatoes
2.) I hate pickles

WOW! They were GREAT! And I must say I LOVE them!

Fully planning on making more next season, even before frost.

The sliced green tomatoes were a lovely dill, smooth and even in flavor.. I almost think a little sweet but the wife thinks I’m nuts.. Maybe it’s just that it’s sooooo smooth..

The whole cherry tomatoes are a different beast.. When you bite into it you get an explosion of dill juice and it’s more of a sudden, harsher flavor.

The onions are GREAT as well, I snacked on several of those.

All in all, I can’t sing the praises of this recipe enough.. Great use of those tiny greens at the end of the year!

-- Planting Daylilies in Kentucky, zone 6b

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jroot

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posted 2089 days ago

We really really need a recipe page.

I am still waiting for my sister to give me the green tomato butter recipe. It is more like a chutney.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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MsDebbieP

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posted 2089 days ago

I didn’t know whether to laugh or gag at the vomit-inducing image lol

I can’t wait to try this recipe to see what “smooth” tastes like :)

Jroot: I’m pretty sure we’ll get our recipe tab. hope so, anyway.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Scott Hildenbrand

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posted 2089 days ago

jroot: http://gardentenders.com/blogs/tag/recipe ?

Debbie: Gag was my first reflex, so… go with that.. ;)

-- Planting Daylilies in Kentucky, zone 6b

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MsDebbieP

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posted 2089 days ago

yummy .. how lovely.. gag :(

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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MsDebbieP

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posted 2089 days ago

note: there are more recipes tagged as recipes than as recipe.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Scott Hildenbrand

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posted 2089 days ago

How odd… does that mean there are more than one recipe within the posts, else why use recipes as a tag if you’re only posting about one recipe… ;)

-- Planting Daylilies in Kentucky, zone 6b

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MsDebbieP

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posted 2089 days ago

well.. perhaps it is tagged as one of GT’s “RECIPES” instead of A recipe.

so.. we can try and change of our tags to one tag word and go from there.

what is the consensus? recipes? or recipe?

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Scott Hildenbrand

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posted 2089 days ago

Well, since most are stuck as recipes, go with recipes then and have a tab link to those tagged entries.

-- Planting Daylilies in Kentucky, zone 6b

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MsDebbieP

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posted 2089 days ago

when we first set up the GT site we knew that it would probably change due to the needs of the members and the direction that conversations went. It looks like the site needs a specific section for recipe postings (or recipes” haaha)

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Scott Hildenbrand

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posted 2086 days ago

Be kick butt if they take the projects functionality and cloned it, so that you could easily post pictures of your meal/food/product/recipe along with the recipe and details of it..

That or kill off the videos tab and main page snipit and change it over to recipes. Be used a whole lot more.. After all, it is a gardening site. :p

-- Planting Daylilies in Kentucky, zone 6b

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MsDebbieP

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posted 2086 days ago

it’s all in the plans .. :)
patience!! haha

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Scott Hildenbrand

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posted 2086 days ago

I’m an IT, I have no patience.. I can implement changes like that with my eyes closed.. ;)

Speaking of… Eak! Back to work for me… Been having issues with one of our servers, had to swap out the ram.

-- Planting Daylilies in Kentucky, zone 6b

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MsDebbieP

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posted 2084 days ago

the changes is the easy part.. fitting that in with another job, keeping up on three sites AND having a family life would be the difficult part (speaking on behalf of Martin and Michal)...
patience Scott.. patience :D

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Scott Hildenbrand

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posted 2084 days ago

Oh my…. But I IT around 50 sites and 6 servers, work from home, have an almost 3yo under toe with me all day….

I’m just super coder though… [flexes]

-- Planting Daylilies in Kentucky, zone 6b

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MsDebbieP

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posted 2084 days ago

hahaha :)
Do you have a cape?

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Scott Hildenbrand

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posted 2084 days ago

Ya know… I should… I think I’ll invoice them for one.

Was up till 3 dealing with a DDOS attack, I deserve a cape!

-- Planting Daylilies in Kentucky, zone 6b

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MsDebbieP

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posted 2084 days ago

we need Douglas (from LJ) to make us a picture :)

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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