Green Tomato Relish
Those with vegetable gardens will appreciate this recipe at the end of tomato season. By early autumn in northern regions, when tomato plants have stopped ripening on the vines, it is a good idea to pick the tomatoes while they are still green before the frost comes and they begin to decay. I would suggest putting your green tomatoes into a cool, airy and frost-free spot like a pantry, cold storage or a shed. They will slowly ripen, and you will be able to eat those tomatoes for a few weeks after they’ve been picked. When it seems that you have an excess of green tomatoes you may consider turning them into a delicious home-made condiment.
This relish is perfect on hot dogs and hamburgers and has been preferred over store-bought green relish for a few generations in our family.
- 36 green tomatoes
- 2 green peppers
- 2 red bell peppers
- 6 yellow onions
- 2 cups vinegar
- 3 cups brown sugar
- 1 tbsp celery seed
- 5 tsp salt
- 0.25 tsp green food coloring
- 1 whole Bay leaf
- 0.5 tsp Mustard seed
- 0.5 tsp Dill seed
- 0.5 tsp Allspice
- 0.5 tsp Pepper corns
- 0.5 tsp Chili peppers
Preheat oven to 250 F. Place mason jars (enough to hold about 2 quarts of relish) in oven for at least 30 minutes.
Put, lids, screw tops and tongs in a pot of water and boil for at least 5 minutes.
Roughly chop up the vegetables then grind them using a meat grinder or food processor.
Pour mixture into a large pot and cook for 15 minutes
Add remaining ingredients, including spice bag, and cook for 15 minutes longer
Add a little green food coloring just before removing from heat to improve the appearance of the relish. Stir well.
Immediately put relish into sterilized jars while mixture is still hot.
Wipe jars and allow to cool at room temperature. Once cool, the lids will pop (downward) as they create a vacuum seal.
Make sure all jars, lids and utensils are sterilized. After tightening lids and allowing jars to cool for about 2 hours, test that the lids have made a seal. If they have, they will be concave. If not, they will be slightly convex and make a popping sound when pressed upon. To remedy this, you will have to reheat the mixture and re-sterilize the jars and lids, repeating the canning process. Otherwise, refrigerate those unsealed jars and use the relish right away. For additional information about home canning, the mason jar makers at Bernardin offer plenty of advice