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Sweet & Spicy Pickled Green Tomatoes

Oh my friend, let me tell you that you ain’t never had a pickled green tomatoes recipe like this one.  Well, maybe you have, but I haven’t.  I got the recipe over the phone from a farmer who said it was his grandmother’s recipe.  He said she was probably turning over in her grave because he was giving away her recipes.  I can just see her right now.   She’s doing cartwheels as I post her recipe on the internet! OOWee!

Well, that’s alright.  Good recipes are suppose to live on, not die with their makers.

Anyhoo.  I had fun making up this batch of pickled green tomaters.  The hardest part was waitin’ three weeks before I could open the jars to taste them.  It was stressed to me the importance of letting the peppers, carrots and red bell pepper marry up with each other for a good while before eating.  And I’m so glad I waited.  If I had known those carrots were going to ROCK like they did, I would have put a whole more carrot sticks in the jars.  Mercy are they good!

HERE’S ALL IT TAKES TO MAKE A BATCH

Makes 9 pints

  • 2 gallons green tomatoes, cut into wedges
  • 1/2 gallon white onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 pint serrano or jalapeno peppers
  • 6 cups granulated sugar
  • 6 cups white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup table salt
  • 1/4 cup fresh ground pepper
  • 3 to 5 carrots, scraped and cut into matchsticks or medallions
  • 2 red bell peppers, cut into strips, squares or diamonds, whatever you desire

Put all the ingredients, EXCEPT the carrots and red bell pepper,  in a large pot.  Bring to a boil then count off 5 minutes.  Transfer hot vegetables to hot canning jars. Tuck the carrots and peppers around the edges, as many as can fit.

Seal and process in waterbath canner for 5 minutes.  After the jars have cooled for 24 hours, check to make sure they have a good seal before storing in a cool, dark place.

It’s best to wait at least 3 weeks before poppin’ the lid on a jar for good eatin’.  It’s really worth it to wait 2 months.  These sweet and spicy tomatoes keep gettin’ better the longer they set.

SOMETHING NEW I LEARNED

To measure out 2 gallons of green tomatoes cut into wedges:  cut the top off a one gallon vinegar jug.  Fill the jug and you’ve got 1 gallon! I learned this from the farmer’s wife.  She’s pickled this recipe plenty and she knows what’s she’s talking about.

Here’s a picture of the everything except the carrots and red bell pepper in the pot.

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  • Jimmy Sanders

    Tried making some of the sweet and spicy pickled tomaters. Preliminary tasting(little that was left after filling the jars) says they are great. Have you tried this recipe without cooking the tomatoes? I’ve done dill pickled tomatoes and just did the boilng bath after cooking the brine. I’ve also done sweet jalepenos with out the boilng bath and they turned out great. Both were nice and crunchy.

  • Rose

    Did you mean 1/4 cup black pepper?

    • http://SimpleDailyRecipes.com/ Jill McKeever

      Yep, 1/4 cup black pepper. Sounds like a lot, but it’s not. Consider we are seasoning 2 gallons of green tomatoes.

  • Rose

    Thanks for clarifying that. I am going to try your recipe. Did you cut your peppers and remove seeds or leave them? I have jalapeno and red chili peppers in my garden. Do you think that will work? My jalapenos are pretty mild and the red chilis might add a little more heat.

    • http://SimpleDailyRecipes.com/ Jill McKeever

      I cut and cleaned the serrano peppers. Any pepper you enjoy should work. Let me know how they turn out. Post a pic on the Simple Daily Recipes Facebook page, if you can. https://www.facebook.com/SimpleDailyRecipes

  • Cindy Lou

    Are these crunchy? I like crucnchyish ones

    • http://SimpleDailyRecipes.com/ Jill McKeever

      I would say they have more of a soft-crisp bite to them. PERFECT with snack crackers. I could eat a jar all by myself, no problem.