Here we are again folks. It’s too many green tomatoes time!
Friends, I was smart and totally on top of my shit this year. I picked away at the harvest in manageable chunks rather than frantically hauling them all inside at once. But today, with the high winds and heavy rains of hurricane Sandy looming, I decided it was time to bring in as many as possible or risk loosing what remains. And so I trudged out there, dressed in boots and wind-resitant gear, basket and shears in hand, mere minutes before the weather turned nasty. I pulled in a boatload of the largest under-ripe fruit from what remained on the vines. Only the currants and a few small cherry varieties were left behind.
So far this season I’ve made:
- zucchini and green tomato relish
- green cherry tomatoes pickled in tarragon and lemon peel
- sweet peppery pickled tomatoes
- dill pickled green cherry tomatoes
- fried green tomatoes
- roasted green tomatoes
- 2 lbs of green tomatoes are sweating in bowls of salt as I write this. They will be made into 2 more types of pickle.
I am about to make a batch of my famous green tomato chutney, and thoughts of a green tomato loaf have been swirling around in my mind. If the weather doesn’t damage the remaining unripe currant varieties that are still outdoors, then I will pickle them as well.
But still, I fear that this is not enough. Chances are very good that I will still have more tomatoes to put up and I am running out of ideas!
I know that green tomato pie is a big draw in the South. I have never made it before while I’d be up for it on another day, the thought of all of that cheese doesn’t interest me right now. I have made green tomato mince (for pies) in the past and still have enough stock-piled from last year to keep us in pies this holiday season. Green tomato sauce might be an option were I not happily overrun with an abundant batch of recently made salsa verde (made with tomatillos).
Beyond that I am stumped. What else can one do with green tomatoes? I’d love to hear your suggestions. Together we can win the war against the tyranny of the feracious green tomato.
p.s. It’s pretty scary out there. I can’t imagine what it must be like in places that are predicted to be hit very badly by this storm. Stay warm, dry, and safe friends.