Prep 29 hrs
Cook 1 hr
We haven't tried preparing this one yet, but we have eaten them, and they are delicious if you like bread and butter pickles. We don't have a garden and have never found green tomatoes in the grocery store for less than $2-3 per pound, a little too pricy for pickling.
- 7 lbs green tomatoes
- 1 cup pickling lime (can be found in grocery stores where canning supplies are located)
- 5 lbs sugar
- 1 1⁄2 quarts white vinegar
- 1 tablespoon whole cloves
- 5 small cinnamon sticks
- 1 tablespoon whole allspice
- 1 teaspoon celery seed
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground mace
- 3 inches fresh ginger, peeled and sliced into 1/4 inch thick rounds
- Wash tomatoes thoroughly, cut away any blemishes or bad spots, and cut into 1/4" thick slices.
- Combine 2 gallons water and pickling lime in a large glass or plastic bowl; not metal.
- Add tomatoes, and soak for 24 hours, mixing a couple times.
- Drain tomatoes, cover with fresh water, and soak 4 hours longer, changing water every 1/2 hour, then rinse and drain well.
- In a large nonreactive pot, combine vinegar and sugar, and bring to a boil.
- While the mixture is heating, combine all spices in a double layer of rinsed cheesecloth, and tie cheesecloth into a pouch with string.
- Place spice-pouch in boiling syrup, and continue to boil for 15 minutes.
- Remove from heat, and add sliced tomatoes.
- Stir gently, cover with a clean towel, and let stand overnight, stirring gently a couple of times if you think of it.
- In the morning, bring the syrup and tomatoes to a simmer, gently mixing occasionally, for about 30 minutes or until tomatoes are translucent.
- Remove and discard spice pouch.
- Meanwhile sterilize 6 1-pint canning jars and lids according to manufacturers directions.
- Layer hot tomatoes in hot sterilized jars to about 1/2" below the rim.
- Pour hot syrup over top, covering tomatoes by 1/4" and leaving 1/4" of head space.
- Slide a plastic chopstick or wooden skewer along the insides of the jars to release air bubbles, and tap each jar lightly on counter a couple of times to release more.
- Wipe the mouth of each jar with a clean damp cloth, place a hot sterilized lid on each jar, and screw on bands firmly.
- Process in a boiling-water bath for 10 minutes, starting timing after water returns to a boil.
- Cool, making sure that lids have sealed.
- Jars that leak during processing or dont seal should be stored in the refrigerator and used within a couple of weeks.
- Store sealed jars at room temperature if desired.
- Pickles can be served after 24 hours but are better if allowed to mellow in a cool, dry place for 2-3 weeks before using.