Green Tomato Pickle
1 kg green tomatoes, chopped, 500 gm onions, finely chopped, 500 gm cooking apples, peeled , cored and finely chopped, 2 garlic cloves chopped, 1 tsp ground ginger, 1 tsp cayenne pepper, pinch each of cloves and cayenne pepper, 250 gm brown sugar, 300 ml white wine vinegar, 100 gms sultanas
Ingredients ready to cook
Place all ingredients into a large pot, bring to the boil. Cover, reduce heat, simmer stirring occasionally for 45 minutes – 1 hour until thickened, it may take longer. For the last 10 – 15 minutes you need to stir more often to ensure that it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan. You can do this as you are boiling the kettle to sterilise the jars. Makes about 2 litres.
The pickles busy cooking
Now while stirring for the last 10 - 15 minutes steralise your jars. Place the bottles you are using in the sink and put the lids in a bowl. Pour boiling water into the jars and over the lids, ensuring they are covered. Now wasn’t sterilising the jars easy. Keep the water in until you need them. I pour boiling water over the ladle and funnel just before I use them
Now I have a wide necked funnel for bottling, but you can carefully ladle the mixture in. Empty the water from the jars one at a time fill to the top and screw on the lid, and then fill the next jar.
So give making pickles a try there are plenty of easy recipes, I even make tomato pasta sauce in the microwave.