Pickled Green Tomatoes
I know this is not the season for this suggestion, but if you grow tomatoes, keep it in mind.
We had a lot of green tomatoes at the end of the growing season and I was not inclined to try to ripen them by wrapping in newspaper and bagging them.
My daughter gave a recipe for bread and butter pickles a few years ago. I used the pickling solution from the recipe to pickle the tomatoes. I cored and sliced the tomatoes, and followed the recipe. It worked very well.
The pickled tomatoes are a great condiment for cold cuts sandwiches and burgers. Why didn't I think of this years ago?
This year was particularly bad for my tomato crop and I ended up canning up a few jars of green tomato chutney, which turned out quite nice. I'll problibly make it a regular practice.
if you like pickling, next year throw in a yellow pear tomato to the patch. They are very prolific and really pickle up well. The flesh is firm, never mushy and the shape is just, well, happy.
Use a standard vinegar/salt/pickling spice brine. Tuck in a few small red hot peppers for good looks and some zip. These are nice to serve alongside meats or just to snack on at a picnic.
We had 2 tomato varieties in our small garden this past summer, Early Girl and Better Boy. I alternated the plants in a row so that they could have some 'fun.'