This is a wonderful solution to make use of all those green tomatoes. These are the Pickled Green Tomatoes featured in the Pink and Green Themed Gift Bags. I found this recipe in a book titled “The Farmer’s Wife Canning & Preserving Cookbook” edited by Lela Nargi. It was published by Voyageur Press, Minneapolis, MN in 2009. The book is a reprinted collection of more than 250 canning recipes that had been published in a magazine named “The Farmer’s Wife.” This monthly magazine circulated throughout the state of Minnesota in the late 1800s and early 1900s. I really enjoyed this book. The references to historical protocols around the home and the unique time proven recipes are a delight! I was glad to see the preservation of this magazine in this fashion. A whole new generation can now access this information. This has become of my favorite canning books. It is now a permanent fixture on my cookbook shelf. Here is just one sampling from the book that has become a regular in our home.
Green Tomato Pickle II (from page 175)
1/4 c. canning or picking salt
10 lbs. green tomatoes, sliced
2 c. onion peeled and sliced
3 c. brown sugar
4 c. cider vinegar at 5 percent acidity ( I used plain white vinegar.)
2 cinnamon sticks
1 tbsp. whole cloves
Sprinkle salt over tomatoes and onions in a large bowl and let stand 6 hours. (I set this up just before going to bed and let it sit over night. This way it is ready first thing in the morning.) Drain. Heat sugar in vinegar in a large kettle until dissolved, then add spices in spice bag along with vegetables. If vegetables are not covered, add small amount of water. Bring to a boil, lower heat, and simmer 30 minutes, stirring to prevent scorching, until tomatoes are transparent. Discard spice bag and pack tomatoes into clean, hot pint jars. Cover with syrup, leaving 1/2 inch of head space. Seal and process 10 minutes in a boiling water bath. (The house smells so good when this is cooking!)
For me, this recipe works out to about 9 pints. These Pickled Green Tomatoes can be substituted easily any place you use sweet pickle relish. Some of the most common uses are hot dogs, tuna salad, chicken salad, ham salad and as a condiment in general for various meats. Have fun experimenting.