Wednesday, October 22, 2008


About a week ago we had a freak snowstorm and even though my son had told me the day before it was supposed to snow, I blew it off. When I woke up and saw snow on the ground I jumped into my clothes and raced for the garden. I ended up picking five buckets of tomatoes, two and a half of which were green! What was I going to do with all those green tomatoes?

Well, I started searching and found a couple of recipes for green tomato salsa, but I didn't like them after I put in the work to make a batch, so I took my sister's red salsa recipe, modified it, and came up with a winner! It's a little more tangy than red salsa but has a nice, smooth flavor. Not too hot, not too sweet, and just the right touch of garlic and onion. I thought I'd post it here in case anyone else is looking for an answer to the green tomato question.

Green Tomato Salsa

2-3 onions, preferably sweet (walla walla or vidalia
4-6 Jalapenos, halved lengthwise and seeded
4 Annaheim Chili peppers, halved lengthwise and seeded
6-8 large garlic cloves
8 Quarts Green Tomatoes
1/2 Cup apple cider vinegar
1 rounded Tablespoon crushed red chili pepper
1 Tablespoon crushed cumin
Juice of 3 limes
1/2 Cup sugar
1/4 Cup salt
1-2 Quarts water (1 makes it thick and chunky, 2 makes it more runny)
2 Tablespoons dry Cilantro

In food processor finely chop onions, jalapenos, annaheim chilies, and garlic. Put into an 8 quart heavy pot. Short and quick, pulse tomatoes to desired consistency (I like them a little chunky. Kind of diced.) Put in pot. Add crushed red chili pepper, apple cider vinegar, cumin, salt, sugar, lime juice, cilantro, and water to pot. Simmer for one hour, stirring occasionally. (Watch that it doesn't scorch the bottom). Pack into hot jars and process in pressure canner for 15 minutes at 15 pounds of pressure.

Yields 18-20 pints.

So there you go. If anybody tries it, let me know what you think. I gave away four bottles and every single person told me the family ate the whole jar in a day. That's a good sign I think! Hooray for green tomatoes!

Quote of the Day: "And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. "

~Sylvia Plath


Pink Ink said...

I love homemade salsa!! And I have lots of tomatoes. But I am too lazy to make it :-).

Rukia said...

the day before the storm hit (being that my inlaws apparently check the news) we went out to their place and harvested their entire tomatoe garden. Let's just say that there was a LOT... and yes, a lot of those were green too.

Danyelle Ferguson said...

That salsa looks excellent! I can't wait to try it! Thanks.

Muta said...

I love homemade salsa. All too often people make it with too much water and it ends up watery and not very "salsa" like :) I will have to write this one down and see how it turns out sometime.