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JSA Aude

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Might be Old Wive's Tales but if you place the tomatoes with bananas they should ripen.  The bananas emit some gas which causes other fruit to ripen more quickly.

Failing that place them in a brown paper bag on the window sill.  Unfortunately they never have quite the same flavour as sun-ripened tomatoes, but summer doesn't last forever so its back to the chutney method.

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Hi, JSA Aude.

Pulled the following few from my many cookbooks;

Green Tomato mincemeat. [an oldish recipe, still using imperial weighing system]

2lb peeled sliced green toms, half pound chopped mixed peel, juice of 2 lemons and rind of 1, 3/4lb brown sugar, 1lb peeled & sliced apple, 1/2lb chopped raisins, 1 teasp. mixed spice, 1lb white sugar, 1/2 cup white wine vinegar, 1 cup water.    1 small cupful rum.

Blend alltogether except the rum, and cook gently until tender. Just before potting stir in the small cupful of rum.


Red & Green Pepper Chutney [contains green tomatoes].

1lb red and green peppers mixed, 2lb green toms, 2lb sour apples [use tart eating apples if you haven't got bramley's or the like], 1 and a 1/2lb onions, 1 and a 1/2 pints vinegar, 1oz. salt, 1lb sugar, 1 and a 1/2 oz. mixed [more or less as liked] of chillies, cloves. allspice, root ginger, mustard seeds, peppercorns.

Prepare veg, discarding the pepper seeds. Mince and chop all the fruit and veg. finely. Put in pan with spices [those that are whole, tie up in a piece of muslin], and one third of the vinegar, and simmer until thick. Add the second one third of the vinegar, and simmer until thick. Add the rest of the vinegar and the sugar, and simmer until thick; pot and cover. Chutney is ready if no liquid is visible when a wooden spoon is drawn through the mixture.


Green Tomato and Apple Chutney.

2lb green toms, 1lb apples,1 and 1/2lb onions, 8oz. seedless raisins, 1lb soft brown sugar, 1 pint vinegar, 1/2 oz. ground ginger, 1/2 oz. salt, 12 red chillies.

Cut up toms without peeling. Peel, core and chop apples, chop onions. Put toms, apples, onions and raisins, with vinegar, sugar, ginger and salt. Tie the chillies in a piece of muslin suspended in the pan. Bring to the boil, stir well and simmer for 1 hour until thick and golden brown. Remove the bag of chillies. Pot into hot jars, cover and seal. The chillies will make the chutney hot and can be reduced in amount or omitted altogether.

Green Tomato Sauce.

3lb green toms, 1lb cooking apples [use tart apples otherwise],4 oz. shallots or onions, 8 oz. brown sugar, 1/2 pint vinegar, 1 tablesp. salt, 1 teasp. ground mmixed spice, 1/2 teasp. black or cayenne pepper, 1/2 teasp. dry mustard.

Wast toms. and apples, peel onions. Chop all thickly and put in a pan with the other ingredients. Bring to the boil, stirring occasionally then simmer for 1 to 1 and a 1/2 hours, until the veg. and fruit are really soft. Sieve the sauce and return to a clean pan. Boil for 1 minute. Pour into hot bottles and seal.

Hope they've given you food for thought, sorry about the imperial measures. I don't really 'do' metric!


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  • 2 weeks later...

I think it's Ethylene not Acetylene Pierre - but what's a couple of Hydrogen atoms between friends


actually you don't need the banana.  Just put the green toms in a warmish dark draw and they will ripen all of their own - well at least most will, we occasionally get a few very samllones that remain obstinately green.

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