Preserves, preserving, Spicy tomato relish, Summer Gardening, Tomatoes

Tomato Relish

Spicy Tomato Relish

Do you have a glut of tomatoes? I always have tonnes of extra tomatoes from my summer crop. I freeze them in batches so that I can make up tomato sauces and relishes at the end of the season. This recipe is one of my favourite.

 

Ingredients:

  • 3 kg red tomatoes 
  • 500g sugar
  • 250mls white wine vinegar
  • 15g crushed garlic
  • 7g chopped green ginger
  • 30g ground sea salt
  • 15g all spice
  • 7g cayenne pepper
  • 3 finely chopped chillies
  • 7g ground cloves
  • 30g ground black pepper

Utensils

  • Food processor/Blender
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons (teaspoon & tablespoon)
  • Mixing spoon
  • Heavy based pan

Method

  • Roughly blend the tomatoes in batches
  • Place all ingredients in a heavy based pan
  • Mix well. 
  • Bring to a quick boil and reduce the heat to simmer
  • Simmer for four hours, stirring regularly (often if using a standard saucepan)
  • You will notice the mix will reduce by ½ to ¾ 
  • When it is thick it is is ready to jar up
  • Spoon the mixture into the jars, seal the lid and turn them over on to the lid to cool
  • Decorate the jars as you see fit
  • Can be consumed immediately, but best if left for a month
Garden Work, Summer, Summer Gardening, Uncategorized

Summer is here!

 THINGS TO DO IN SUMMER

  • Set up Christmas garden lights and decorations
  • Weeding
  • Fertilise plants
  • Dead head flowers
  • Prune and shape hedge plants
  • Tidy old bulbs (do not cut off dead growth – it feeds the bulbs – just tie it up or hide amongst other plants)

SOW AND GROW

  • Salad Vegetables: Asian Greens, Lettuce, Endive, Salad Greens, Silver Beet
  • Root Vegetables: Beetroot, Carrots, Parsnips
  • Brassicas: Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Mustard
  • Mediterranean Vegetables: Capsicum, Chilli, Tomatoes, Eggplants
  • Gourds and assorted: Pumpkins, Squash, Zucchini, Corn, Cucumber

HARVEST NOW

  • Lettuce
  • Asian Greens
  • Tomatoes
  • Zucchinis
  • Eggplants
  • Potatoes
  • Stone Fruit
Apples, Summer, Summer Gardening

How can you tell if apples are ready to harvest?

Are your apple trees heavy with fruit? Are you not sure if they are ready to pick yet? Here is a sure fire test:

  1. They pull off the tree with relative ease.
  2. Cut a sample piece open. If the seeds are brown, then you are good to go. If the seeds are still white then wait a little longer.
  3. Taste it. It should be firm and sweet, but not powdering or tart (unless its a green variety)

Summer, Summer Gardening, Using Produce

Using Your Produce: Tomato Relish

About this time of year I start to get a huge glut of summer produce with loads of zucchinis, tomatoes, stone fruit and alike. I regularly make jams and preserves to ensure that nothing goes to waste.

My favourite tomato preserve is Spicy Tomato Relish. It takes almost four hours to make but it is worth the effort. My recipe can be downloaded here: Spicy Tomato Relish Recipe

Garden Work, Summer, Summer Gardening, Uncategorized

Summer is here!

 THINGS TO DO IN SUMMER

  • Set up Christmas garden lights and decorations
  • Weeding
  • Fertilise plants
  • Dead head flowers
  • Prune and shape hedge plants
  • Tidy old bulbs (do not cut off dead growth – it feeds the bulbs – just tie it up or hide amongst other plants)

SOW AND GROW

  • Salad Vegetables: Asian Greens, Lettuce, Endive, Salad Greens, Silver Beet
  • Root Vegetables: Beetroot, Carrots, Parsnips
  • Brassicas: Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Mustard
  • Mediterranean Vegetables: Capsicum, Chilli, Tomatoes, Eggplants
  • Gourds and assorted: Pumpkins, Squash, Zucchini, Corn, Cucumber

HARVEST NOW

  • Lettuce
  • Asian Greens
  • Tomatoes
  • Zucchinis
  • Eggplants
  • Potatoes
  • Stone Fruit