I had about five pounds of green tomatoes clogging the fridge which were on my hit list. Also, I had several pounds of Romas which I aimed to make jam with.
Mark recently checked out America's Test Kitchen's DIY cookbook from the library the other day and I wanted to test out some it's recipes.
So, I made one recipe each of their green tomato chutney and tomato jam. Both recipes were easy to follow and can be used right away or canned.
I also decided to use up some spare apples and rhubarb from the garden to make another chutney. This one came from the Ball canning book. Initially I cut the sugar back by a cup and decided to use the 1 cup of extra apples - but, Mark and I found it way too sweet.
I added another half cup of dried cranberries which Mark informed me were sweet and not so tart. Then I added a quarter cup of apple cider and a half tablespoon of crushed pepper flakes.That cut the sweetness, but it was adding a second quarter cup of apple cider vinegar that clinched it.
I am excited about the result of all four recipes which I think will taste great as an accompaniment for grilled meat, on sandwiches and served with crackers and cheese.
Yield: 32 jars