What to do with Green Tomatoes!

Green tomatoes

I’ve always felt bad at the end of tomato season, because there have been more green tomatoes than I knew what to do with. And I’ve actually thrown them out!

That’s until this year, when I got a simple system down making yummy salsa. In November! It was so easy!

Let the harvested green tomatoes sit in your garage or on your back porch. As you’re ready, bring in just enough tomatoes to ripen on your counter, to make a fresh batch of salsa.

Red tomatoes

Blanch the tomatoes (my recipe calls for 18 medium) in hot, boiling water for 3 minutes.

blanche tomatoes

Fill the sink with cold water.

Stainless sink

Take out of hot water; put into cold water. Remove the skins.

Blanched tomatoes

Cut up into small pieces, adding to a pot along with Mrs. Wage’s salsa mix and 1/2 cup white vinegar.

Mrs. Sage salsa mix

Boil, simmer, serve! (Or can what doesn’t get eaten!)

1 salsa canned

This past weekend we went out of town for soccer, so I brought my friend Steph a bag of green tomatoes and a packet of Mrs. Wage’s! Her tomatoes are ripening on her counter right now, so she’ll be enjoying the fruits of FRESH SALSA here any day!

I’d love to hear what you’ve done with your green tomatoes, or if you make fresh salsa?

11 comments on “What to do with Green Tomatoes!”

  1. when you run out of fresh tomatoes, you can use ro-tel from a can.
    my boss used 9 cans of ro-tel , and used the mrs wages recipe. it turned out really good.

  2. We love homemade salsa; I can some every year. But I did not know there was a packaged mix I could buy!! This would save so much time for me. Thanks for the tip!

  3. What a terrific idea.. your jars look gorgeous, perfect gift. Thanks for stopping by my blog, Ill be sure to follow along with yours.

  4. Thanks Sandy-Leonard was just asking me what we should do with all the green tomatoes! My idea was to plow them under and wait for all the volunteer plants next year. I like your idea better! : )

  5. That sounds like a great idea! I’ll remember that for next year!

    I’ve made a green tomatoe chocolate cake before and that’s about it!!

  6. Wow, your blog is gorgeous! I am glad you visited mine as it led me here. So many fantastic posts to go through.

  7. I love my green tomatoes coated in cornmeal and pan fried. I know that is the traditional way of doing it but it’s just so good…how can you not :) My dad will sometimes take green tomatoes and include them in his hot sauce. Which honestly has more of a salsa texture than smooth sauce.

  8. I like to pan fry slices coated in polenta, with crisped pancetta on the side. Clarice

  9. This is a great idea… I don’t have a garden myself, but I am blessed with friends who always share the “fruits of their labor” with me. Next, time I’ll be sure to take a bunch of green tomatoes! And I will be sure to past along the tip.

  10. Sandy – with green tomatoes, especially here in the South, we like to bread them either in flour, cornmeal or a mixture and fry them in shallow oil. My Mom tops hers with parmesan cheese while they are still hot. We also have used fried green tomatoes in eggs benedict and they are yummy when used in place of eggplant for eggplant parmigiana!

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