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Fo’ Shizzle My Pickle!

22 Apr

I was recently given a beautiful gift of green tomatoes from my precious mother-in-law. Her tomatoes have

The beautiful green tomato.

gone nuts this year and she generously let me have a few kg’s. I knew all along I was going to make green tomato pickles with them. But I also wanted to try fried green tomatoes. I did. And they were yum.

So just to mix things up a little…I’m going to interview myself about the process.

Me: Ok Jen, tell us why you wanted to make green tomato pickles?

Also Me: So glad you asked Jen. Well ever since I can remember my mother has made her own green tomato pickles and they were the bomb. Nothing is sweeter than a corned beef sandwich with fresh bread and pickles.

Me: Sounds delicious. Have you ever made them before?

Also Me: Nope. I’ve always just been lucky enough to been given them from my mum. But…she’s been a little busy lately so I’ve decided to take matters into my own hands.

Me: Does she have a secret family recipe?

Also Me: She sure does Jen and it comes in a bottle called Wild’s Ezy Sauce. I don’t know where it originated but I’m pretty sure it’s as old as the hills. You can make all sorts of pickles, chutney’s and sauces from that one little bottle.

Me: Fascinating. Really. Well then…are you going to tell us how to do it or what?

Also Me: Cool your heels little lady…I was just getting to that. Please find below, the always easy, never disappointing recipe. Enjoy pickle fans.

My secret weapon....mwahahhaaaa!

Green Tomato Pickles

  • 5.5kg green tomatoes (up to half can be substituted with cauliflower if you wish. I didn’t)
  • 2kg white onions
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1.5kg sugar
  • 1 370ml bottle Wilds Ezy Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon mustard powder
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon cornflour
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric

The day before you want to get into some pickle action you will need to slice your tomatoes and onions and mix with the salt. I used the slicer thing on my food processor. It was super easy. Make sure you have a very large bowl or two bowls to put it in. Mix the onions and tomatoes and sprinkle over the salt and combine. Cover well and leave overnight.

The next day get a big pot and put your mixture in there. Bring to the boil and add the sugar and the Ezy Sauce. Reduce to a simmer and leave for 2.5hrs stirring occasionally to avoid it sticking to the bottom.

Combine the spices and cornflour with enough water to make a paste. Slowly add this to the tomato mixture and combine until it thickens. Spoon into sterilised jars and leave to cool.

Try to hold on to as many bottles of this as you can because you’re going to eat it like crazy. Another favourite of mine is to have it on toast topped with cheese.

So there you go. Oh, just one last thing. When you are cooking this bad boy, your whole house is going to smell like vinegar and onions. Be prepared. That is all….enjoy!

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Posted by on April 22, 2012 in Fire Up the Rayburn

 

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18 responses to “Fo’ Shizzle My Pickle!

  1. viveka

    April 22, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Jen, looking the business ..,.. Wilds Ezy Sauce ?????? Have to look it up. Have come across so many exciting thing since I started blogging – things I never seen or heard of … both in cooking, travelling and everyday life. Thanks for all the wonderful stuff you and the other girls has brought to my life.
    Amazing !!!! Liked the film “Fried Green Tomatoes”, but never eaten one,

     
    • Jen

      April 23, 2012 at 11:01 am

      Thanks Viv! (Do people call you Viv?). I don’t know about looking the business…more like wild eyes.

      I know, the blog world is pretty amazing. I love that film too…one of my favs! And you should def try a fried green tomato! x

       
      • viveka

        April 23, 2012 at 7:14 pm

        Jen, I gave myself the nickname Wivi when working abroad to make it easier for everybody, but still most called me by my real name.

         
  2. Jen and Tonic

    April 24, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    I’ve never heard of this either. You’re totally the kind of woman I wish I was– domestic! I just order Chinese food and call it a night 😉

     
    • Jen

      April 24, 2012 at 10:16 pm

      Lol. Jen, you’re totally the woman I wish I was… Impossibly witty.
      P.S. I had Chinese for dinner tonight.

       
  3. Zen and Genki

    April 25, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Love this post (and the format :)) Both the interviewer and the interviewee seem like fascinating folks ;P
    BTW, the final product looks wonderful!
    anne

     
    • Jen

      April 25, 2012 at 8:15 pm

      Thanks Anne!!! I have to tell you that I’ve been trying the pickles and they still aren’t as good as my mums. Guess I’ll have to keep practicing. 🙂

       
      • Zen and Genki

        April 25, 2012 at 9:30 pm

        Really, are anyone’s pickles (or other kitchen-y goodies) ever as good as mums? 🙂 Looking forward to reading about all your adventures 🙂

         
  4. Norma

    April 26, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    You under estimate your ability in the kitchen Jen, the pickles were just like mine. The Ezy-Sauce was a wonderful discovery, but Jen’s dad will disagree with that, not his favourite smell or taste. Guess he is missing out on the best pickles in the world. Oh I forgot, he hates pickles.

     
  5. Viciously Sweet

    April 27, 2012 at 3:03 am

    You can make anything. And make it sound delicious!
    Also, today I read it was “Hug an Australian Day”, so internet twin… I send you an internet hug!

     
    • Jen

      April 29, 2012 at 7:58 pm

      You are too kind my friend. And what? Hug-o-Rama ! Wish I knew, I’d be asking all my international pals for hugs.

       
  6. Just Rambling

    April 30, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    It’s the best interview I have read in a while! I have to try that one day. 😀

     
    • Sal

      May 2, 2012 at 1:17 pm

      I am left with visions of the Alan Parker movie Committments where Jimmy Rabbitte interviews himself about how awesome theband is.

       
      • Jen

        May 2, 2012 at 5:08 pm

        Lol. After I re-read that post I got concerned for myself.

         
  7. Sal

    May 2, 2012 at 11:57 am

    There is a place on the Northern Road on the way to Scrambletown that almost always has buckets of green tomatoes for sale, i will have to try this.

     
    • Jen

      May 2, 2012 at 1:07 pm

      Awesome! Please let me know how you go if you do try it out!

       
  8. jackie

    March 28, 2014 at 11:09 am

    I made a batch earlier this month and am now making my 2nd batch!! It has been devoured! Have you tried the tomato relish made with Wilds Ezy Sauce? The recipe was on the bottles just like this pickle but they have taken both of them off 😦 . The relish and pickles both sell like hot cakes at our school fetes

     

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