Ann Bish of Fallston was looking for a recipe for Pickled Green Tomatoes. A response came from Toni Felger of Bend, Ore., who wrote that she makes this recipe every year and "my friends keep asking me for more."
Pickled Green Tomatoes
Makes 5 pints
8 pounds green tomatoes, thinly sliced
6 large onions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons whole cloves
2 tablespoons whole allspice
2 tablespoons mustard seed
2 teaspoons celery seed
2 teaspoons mixed pickling spices
4 cups cider vinegar
2 1/2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons dry mustard
2 large red bell peppers, coarsely chopped
Put tomatoes and onions in separate bowls; sprinkle tomatoes with 1/4 cup salt and sprinkle onions with 2 tablespoons salt. Cover and let stand 12 hours. Drain vegetables thoroughly; discard liquid. Rinse once with cold water; drain thoroughly.
Tie cloves, allspice, mustard seed, celery seed and pickling spices in a spice bag and put into a large kettle; add vinegar, sugar and dry mustard. Heat to boiling, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Add tomatoes, onions and red peppers; cook over low heat, uncovered, until tomatoes are just tender, about 20 minutes.
Fill clean hot jars with vinegar mixture to within 1/2 inch of top. Remove air bubbles. Add more vinegar mixture, if needed. Seal, following manufacturer's instructions. Process in boiling water bath 5 minutes.
Tester Laura Reiley's comments: "These are great, old-timey pickles that make a super accompaniment to summer barbecues. The tomatoes are somewhat soft, but not mushy, with an appealing sweet-tart flavor. The peppers add a little color interest. Over time the colors fade a little, so store the jars in a dark place."
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Pub Date: 08/04/99