Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Harvest and Hot, Hot, Hot

Alan got up early and harvested the rest of the tomatoes....mostly green....our garden is officially over for the summer...I plan on making some Green Tomato Pickles or perhaps Indian Pickles..There are many recipes to choose from, others are  the old fashioned Piccalilli and Rummage Pickle....
here are the recipes for the first two and tomorrow the second  two.......

Green Tomato Pickles

2 qts. sliced green tomatoes
3 T. salt
2 c. vinegar
2/3 c. dark brown sugar
1 c. white sugar
3 T. mustard seed
1/2 t. celery seed
1 t. tumeric
3 c. sliced onions
2 large sweet red peppers, chopped
1 hot green or red pepper, chopped

Mix tomatoes and salt. Let stand about 12 hours. Drain. Heat vinegar, sugars and spices in a large pot to boil; add the sliced onions and boil for 5 minutes. Then add the drained tomatoes and peppers bring slow to the boil again. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon.
Pack in hot sterilized jars. Be sure the syrup covers the vegetables. Seal at once.
Process in a boiling water bath for 5 minutes. Makes 9 half pints.

Here is the other recipe..this is called Indian Pickle

4 lbs. green tomatoes
4 lbs. ripe tomatoes
3 medium onions, peeled
3 medium sweet red peppers, seeded
3 medium green peppers, seeded
1 large cucumber
7 c. chopped celery
2/3 t. salt
3 pts. vinegar
3 lbs. brown sugar
1 t. dry mustard
1 t. white pepper

Chop coarsely all the vegetables. Sprinkle with salt and let stand for 12 hours or overnight. In the morning, drain well and discard liquid, add remaining ingredients.
Bring to a boil and simmer slowly for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour into hot sterilized jars, seal at once and process in boiling water bath for 5 minutes. Makes 6 pints.

The last few days have been really warm here....yesterday it got up to 108 in the shade on our patio...I hated to go out to hang up the clothes and then again to take them down (although the clothes dried in record time)...our poor Mrs. Quack was in distress and trying to stay cool in shade of our African sumac tree...I took pity and put out a sprinkler for her where she sat in the cool water.....she is moulting and doesn't look very good right now so no photo....poor eggs either..its just too hot! She has a small wading pool she takes a dip in occasionally...
We do live in a hot climate..the inland Californian valleys can get quite warm. This hot weather isn't unusual but we haven't had it like this for several summers....last year, I think we only had to put the air conditioner on for a week...its on daily now and even though we set it at a rather high temperature (81) it runs constantly. We are also coming into fire major ones yet but with weather like this, its only a matter of time.