Thursday, September 12, 2013

Green Tomato Ketchup Recipe

I did not set out to make this delicious, sweet/tart green tomato ketchup.  Weeks of garden neglect meant my heirloom indeterminate tomato plant became a gigantic beast, heaving over with height and heaviness and smothering other plants nearby.  The other day, I righted the plant, chopped a lot of the heavier side shoots, and as a result, ended up with many green tomatoes that I needed to figure out what to do with.  This green tomato ketchup is pretty darn good and I can't wait to use it with some homemade French fries! 

Green Tomato Ketchup                   makes about 4 pints

about 4 pounds of green tomatoes, sliced (I halved the large cherry tomatoes above)
3 large onions, coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
dash of cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground clove
1 1/2 cups white vinegar
1/2 cup honey

Put all ingredients except honey into large pot.  Simmer on low heat for about 3 hours, stirring occasionally.  Pour into blender and puree.  Pour through mesh strainer.  Mix in honey.  At this point, pour into jars and store in fridge, or can using boiling-water canning method. If canning, leave 1/4 inch headspace and process for 10 minutes.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

My Garden Rant

A couple of days ago, I wrote this guest blog for the infamous Garden Rant.  I wrote about a big blow out I had with my husband - who was trying to be helpful, but had a great misunderstanding of how to do so.  This is the photo I should have included with the post.  It makes me crack up imagining this photo with my post (you'll have to read it!), but alas, I decided to spare him the public humiliation (and instead will just do so here).
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