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Easy Peasy Red Tomato Chutney
Wed 24-Aug-11
11:02 pm
Terrier
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Did this today - well impressed, it's quite a sweet chutney and I've messed with the original recipe a BIT, but it's worth a try.

Over the past couple of days I had roasted 3 trays of tomatoes in the oven, initially the aim was to do some semi dried tomatoes, but they weren't drying much. I'd chucked a chopped onion in with one tray, and a few garlic cloves with another.

The recipe required you to skin the toms, and I thought bo..ocks to that as they were cherry tomatoes, but I then spent a while picking out some of the curled up skins while it was bubbling away, so I might do it next time.

Anyway, the recipe..

2lb Tomatoes (skinned)

1 large onion (about 8oz) - peeled and chopped

8oz raisins or chopped dates (I used raisins)

8oz sugar

1pt malt vinegar

That's it really, stick them in a pan and bubble away for 2 hours, then pot up in sterilised jars. yummy

Wed 24-Aug-11
11:22 pm
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Ta Janet, that is an easy one, will give it a go.  Do you think it would work with green toms?  We have tons of tomatoes, but most of them are showing no signs of colouring up yet.  I suppose you'd maybe have to use a bit more sugar with green ones.....ponder

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Thu 25-Aug-11
12:48 am
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Cheers, Jan, another recipe filed away - you star! star

J.C. F. von Schiller..... "Happy is he who learns to bear what he cannot change"
Thu 25-Aug-11
11:30 pm
Terrier
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Cheers Val,

Sue, I'm really not sure, I've never been a fan of green tomato chutney, Fiona gave me a jar when I was at the get together, I've not tried it yet, but will do, as I'm sure I'll end up with a few green ones.

Can you not stick them in a paper bag with a ripe banana and ripen them, it really is worth a try with red ones

Thu 25-Aug-11
11:47 pm
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I've got a load of green ones in the fruit bowl with the bananas and apples, and more on the sitting room window sill (which gets all the sun, all day.....when the sun actually shines, of course).  I vaguely recall reading somewhere about putting them in a bag with a banana though...does that actually work then?  I guess it must do, since you recommend it Janet!

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Thu 25-Aug-11
11:50 pm
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Really not sure Sue, whenever we have ripe bananas in the fruit bowl, they seem to make everything else soften up quickly, so I guess there's got to be some truth in it...worth a try...

Fri 26-Aug-11
12:42 am
Hattie
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Yes, ripe bananas really work, as do ripe red eating apples. Last year I tested both on various varieties of tomatoes because someone on a US gardening forum said he used this method so he could use his tomatoes well into the winter. Mine all ripened eventually. I kept them in their green state for a long time by keeping them on a long piece of the stem of the plant.

Personally I love green tomatoes made into chutney or salsa. They are also good fried¦..you just have to divorce your mind from the thought od red ripe ones & think of them as another veg/fruit.  ponder

ok  cheers

 

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Fri 26-Aug-11
7:42 am
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Thanks Janet and Nadine.....so there is a use for that manky old banana other than going into muffins big_laugh.

Think I'll try making two separate chutneys, one with red (eventually!) and one with green. ok

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Fri 26-Aug-11
10:41 am
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Green tomato chutney we find needs to be left a good long time, at the very least 10 months if not a year and then it gets really nice and better the longer it is left.cheers

Fri 26-Aug-11
11:15 am
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big_laugh big_laugh Hi Sue,

You can even polish your shoes with the manky skins......it brings up the shine a treat. Mind you the banana smell lingers for quite a while....!!  whistle 

Another food use for elderly bananas is making them into ice-cream. This is a ritzy version....The Baileys in it keeps it from over-freezing & turning into a rock. You don't need a machine to make this. I have made it several times this summer & it worked perfectly. David Lebovitz is a food hero of mine....his recipes always work for me & I love his blog.

 

http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2007/11/the-easiest-cho/

 

Now back to green tomatoes, here is a page of suggestions.... just in case you can't spare the space to ripen them. I'm very lucky as I have very deep window sills in my cottage so it is no problem.

Good luck... big_hug they should keep you going for a while !  laugh

 

http://allrecipes.com/Recipes/fruits-and-vegetable.....s/Top.aspx

 

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Fri 26-Aug-11
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Another use for banana skins is to relieve itching.  Rub the affected spot with the inside of the peel.  It's magic.

I'll try that again!
Fri 26-Aug-11
12:07 pm
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You ladies are just magic, thank you all (erm, I doubt I'll be rubbing banana skins on my shoes.....or body, though.....well, not unless hubby......umm no I won't go there embarassedwinkeeekbig_laugh).

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Fri 26-Aug-11
4:11 pm
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Here is the link to the green tomato chutney recipe I posted last year. I hope I don't need it again this year! I ended up freezing green tomatoes to make it when I got back from the US (when I met Michelle!) and have used half of them so far. eeek

Sat 27-Aug-11
3:16 pm
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I predict loads of green toms this year: mine just arent ripening; not sure there is enough sunshine in our new gdneeek

Sat 27-Aug-11
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We've had two cool boxes full of tomatoes now and I am still drying them as we love dried tomatoes but I think I will have dried enough soon. The red tomato chutney is beginning to look promising.

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