1. Will the frost hold off?

We have a lot of green tomatoes in our garden this year.

Do you recall the passage in The Long Winter when an early frost hit, but Ma found a way to use even the green tomatoes?

Ma and Laura picked the tomatoes. The vines were wilted down, soft and blackening, so they picked even the smallest green tomatoes. There enough ripe tomatoes to make almost a gallon of preserves.

“What are you going to do with the green ones?’ Laura asked, and Ma answered, “Wait and see.”

She washed them carefully without peeling them. She sliced them and cooked them with salt, pepper, vinegar, and spices.

“That’s almost two quarts of green tomato pickle. Even if it’s only our first garden on the sod and nothing could grow well, these pickles will be a treat with baked beans this winter.” Ma gloated.

I’ve never tried that recipe – but I have the Little House Cookbook.

I wonder if it tasted like Roger’s grandmother’s green tomato pickle recipe – we always called it Nannie’s Piccalilli.

A lovely clove-spiced relish – I haven’t made it for many years.

But this just might be the year to pull that recipe out again.

Which leads me to question #2: do any of my lovely readers have green tomato recipes they’d like to share?

Gardeners on PEI will be saying thank you!

with love,

6 thoughts on “two questions:

  1. Islandsparrow says:

    I’m going to have to try fried green tomatoes – I’m sure they’re good – so many southerners can’t be wrong!


  2. Josie Ray says:

    We just found Laura Ingalls Wilder Country Cookbook (1995) at a used bookstore. Her own recipes! What a find! But there’s nothing in there for green tomatoes. We, like many others, fry ours: sliced just under a quarter-inch, dredged in salted flour, then browned on both sides…yum! We usually use large green tomatoes from farmstands, but at the end of the season, we pick off even the tiny green tomatoes and fry them for fun, laughing over their size. They’re like little potato chips. :-)Josie Rayhttp://appalachiandream.blogspot.com/


  3. ellen b says:

    Well all this non gardener can contribute is praise for the lovely green tomatoes on the vine…beautiful :0)


  4. Carolyn – I’ll post Nannie’s recipe – maybe it will be similar to your MIL.Beth – you made that home-made ketchup sound sooo good – I’ve never had it home-made. green Fried tomatoes – I’ve watched the movie but never had the dish 🙂


  5. beth says:

    Well, down south I cook fried green tomatoes. Not very often, though. I don’t like to fry foods. But occasionally they are a treat with rice and beans, cornbread, and sweet tea. Very southern, yes!I have made some green tomato relishes but have usually found recipes online. The recipe I’m longing for is my grandmother’s homemade ketchup recipe that no one seems to be able to find. We even scoured her recipe box but it wasn’t there. Perhaps the recipe was just in her head. I have such fond memories of hamburgers at Frannie’s with that rich, clove spiced, chunky ketchup spooned out of a mason jar and would love to know how she made it.


  6. carolyn says:

    Hi Kathie, i used to make chow from my MIL’s recipe but I misplaced so I just got one of the internet and made a batch but they weren’t as good as I remembered. Me or the recipe I’m not sure.Hope to see you soon.,Carolyn


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