The summer garden is coming to an end and I am longing to pull everything out and plant my winter crops. I am in the garden every moment I can get there, harvesting tomatoes, capsicums, potatoes, melons and beets, just to name a few. It has been a productive year, despite the lack of rain. Some things didn’t make it though. The green beans shriveled up and died and the lettuce when to seed in no time at all. But all good things come to an end and my tomatoes are looking a bit of a mess now.
When it is finally time to pull them out, I find I always have a collection of green tomatoes to deal with. What to do with them is the question. Well, I have two ideas for you.
Fried Green Tomatoes
I know, I know, this is the name of a really great movie, but it is also something wonderful to eat. Just slice them and fry them in butter. It is amazing and super simple.
I serve them seasoned with some pink Himalayan salt and drizzled with some basil infused extra virgin olive oil. See my previous blog post on how to make the oil.
Green Tomatoes in Vinegar
This is perfect for those small tomatoes and what you add will depend on what you have on hand and what else is coming out of your garden. I have added some small chilies, black mustard seed and some garlic cloves. Then top up the jar with distilled vinegar. Then process in the boiling water bath for 20 minutes to get a good vacuum seal. This heating process also helps to infuse the vinegar and tomatoes with the garlic and chili. These are perfect serves with any small goods like salami.
I hate to waste food and green tomatoes often end up in the compost with the tomato plant when it is pulled out, or a few weeks later, after they have been sitting in your fridge while you have been trying to think what you can do with them. I hope that you can use one of these ideas in your home.