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Sep 30, 2011 10:05 AM

Green tomatoes... need help!

I have a TON of large green tomatoes on the vine that I don't think are going to have time to ripen before they're ruined by the upcoming rain and cold weather. I don't want to waste them and I'm looking for ideas. Any suggestions are welcome. Just as a note- I love fried green tomatoes, but I'm not interested in making 20 lbs of them.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. They pickle wonderfully and once pickled, will literally keep for years in the fridge. But they must be completely green or even white; the slightest trace of orange and they will turn to mush.

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    1. re: acgold7

      My grandfather had a huge garden when I was a kid and he'd end up with a bumper crop of green tomatoes at the end of the season. Grandmom pickled them, and then for Christmas made a 'salad' type condiment from green tomatoes, pickled cherry peppers and green olives with onion and celery
      Love pickled green tomatoes

    2. This won't take care of all your tomatoes, but try googling "Italian green tomato pie." It's a classic, and can be mondo delicious.

      1. I made green tomato relish. The recipe is in older Joy of Cooking, and is work one hot and sweaty day in the kitchen. We love this as a small side, on turkey sandwiches, gosh, just about anytime you want something sweet/tart.

        1. Justin Wilson made a green tomato casserole with cheese, onions,olive oil, garlic hot sauce, bread crumbs layered which I often make. You can improvise with your own seasonings and additions- olives would be nice for instance and I often add eggplant. It will freeze well in the dish, so you could make multiple dishes.

          1. Make Chow Chow! It's great on brown beans, hotdogs or anything you want a relish on.

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            1. re: vafarmwife

              Thanks for all of the suggestions! Pickling sounds awesome, and I'll have to dig up a green tomato pie recipe too.....