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Name: Karen
Minnesota (Zone 4a)
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Cookies4kids
Aug 27, 2014 5:56 AM CST
Every year, I have to try something new and this year I have become interested in making pickles from green tomatoes. Have any of you done this, and how did you like them??? I have always made a hot dog relish that uses lots of green tomatoes, but never pickles.

So far, I am trying a recipe for Tomolives which uses little green cherry tomatoes, and also an Italian mixture. Of course you can't try these for at least two weeks so I am on pins and needles until then, lol. The "olives" are so cute and I really hope they are good especially since I had to sneak the tomatoes out of my husbands garden. Next I will try two different curried recipes and one that is similar to regular refrigerator pickles.
Please share what you have done Smiling Smiling
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Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Aug 27, 2014 7:20 AM CST
Karen, I've never tried making green tomato pickles -- but picturing you sneaking the tomatoes out of your husband's garden definitely gave me a laugh this morning! Rolling on the floor laughing

Love the idea of the "Tomolives" -- there are always so many of the cherry tomatoes, and I have some called "Cupid" that are grape shaped and would be perfect for making them. Thumbs up
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Name: Claud
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saltmarsh
Aug 27, 2014 6:51 PM CST
Karen, let us know how they turn out. I may want your recipe. Claud
Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Aug 27, 2014 7:16 PM CST
My grandmother used a recipe similar to this one:

Sweet and Tangy Green Tomato Pickles ... http://southernfood.about.com/od/picklesrelishes/r/r80810e.h...
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Name: Karen
Minnesota (Zone 4a)
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Cookies4kids
Aug 27, 2014 8:02 PM CST
Claud, I will definitely let you know if they are good. It will be two weeks before I can try the cherry tomatoes and a month for the Italian ones. Hope I can wait that long!!

Tee, that's the one I am going to try next. Did you like them??
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Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Aug 27, 2014 8:48 PM CST
I'm definitely trying this with the cherry tomatoes -- my relatives will eat just about anything that's been pickled, so even if I don't like them I know I can get rid of them! Hilarious!
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SongofJoy
Aug 28, 2014 4:12 AM CST
Yes, indeed. I am a huge fan of homemade pickles of almost any kind (love okra pickles, pickled onions and carrots, etc. -- so I may not be the most objective commentator. Smiling
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Name: Karen
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Cookies4kids
Aug 28, 2014 5:11 AM CST
The ones that are called Tomolives (such a clever name) are really cute in the jars. I hope they are good, but I'm not counting on it, lol. You could always give them to people you are not too fond of for Christmas!!!
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SongofJoy
Aug 28, 2014 5:34 AM CST
Whistling Hilarious!
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Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Aug 28, 2014 8:55 AM CST
Karen, where did you get the recipe for tomolives? I'd like to try to make them.
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Name: Karen
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Cookies4kids
Aug 28, 2014 12:24 PM CST
Tom, if you search for Tomolive Pickles they will come up. I would link you but technology isn't one of my strong suits. Come to think about it, a lot of things aren't my strong suit, lol. The recipe that I tried has lots of spices and can be found on Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Kitchen or Florida Hillbilly. GOOD LUCK!!!
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tveguy3
Aug 28, 2014 1:30 PM CST
Thanks!
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twitcher
Aug 29, 2014 10:36 AM CST
My mother had a family recipe for sweet green tomato pickles that I really loved. She lost the recipe about 40 years ago and no longer cans either. So I've always been on the lookout for commercial products to try that come close to that taste. Fortunately, a few years back, I found that Howard's Green Tomato Piccalilli comes close to it. It's expensive so we rarely purchase it (Ordinarily, I would not mention a specific brand, but its necessary here) Lately, I've not been able to find it in the stores. I'd really like to find a refrigerator pickle recipe that would duplicate the flavor that I remember from mothers pickles. If you are familiar with the Howard's product and have a green tomato pickle recipe that does similarly, please post it and share. Great thread!
Name: Karen
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Cookies4kids
Sep 6, 2014 5:24 AM CST
I was so excited yesterday as it was TRY THE TOMOLIVES DAY . You know----those darling little green cherry tomato pickles that I just had to try. OMG, they are absolutely horrible. Do not waste your time making these as I think they could cure for 5 years and still not be any good. In one week I can try the Italian ones, but I have a feeling they will end up in the hay field with these. I bet the coyotes won't even eat them. Oh well, I had to try them just for the sake of trying something new each year. Thank god for good old cucumbers which I will do today. My spaghetti sauce turned out wonderful, lol.
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Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Sep 6, 2014 8:06 AM CST
Oh no -- I was just thinking about making some today! Sticking tongue out
Karen, anything more specific than they were horrible??
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Name: Claud
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saltmarsh
Sep 6, 2014 9:19 AM CST
Perhaps it's an aquired taste.
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tveguy3
Sep 6, 2014 11:08 AM CST
I guess I won't try them then, sorry they didn't work out. But at least you tried, and now you know. nodding
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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Sep 6, 2014 12:18 PM CST
Oh that is really a shame. All the work for nothing. Sad
Name: Karen
Minnesota (Zone 4a)
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Cookies4kids
Sep 6, 2014 2:07 PM CST
The great thing was it only made 2 pints which I don't feel so bad about dumping in the field. They were actually beginning to look like olives, but the taste was incredibly nasty which pretty much covers it all, lol. My hat is off to anyone who acquires a taste for them, but please don't invite me over for supper!!!

My wonderful refrigerator pickles, using good old cukes, look terrific sitting on my counter. Two new recipes for those and both turned out really well.
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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Sep 6, 2014 4:02 PM CST
I have always wanted to make refrigerator pickles but never have gotten around to it. Each summer I think I will do some this year but never do. And now my cucumbers are long done for the year so I missed it this year also.

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