Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Nana Burrows Tomato Relish
When I went to do my regular shop last week the supermarket fruit section were bagging up produce that was getting a little worse for wear. I got 3 bags of vine tomatoes for $2 a bag, could not resist as I knew exactly what I needed them for.When I opened the bags on arriving home they were perfect,the whole lot not a blemmish to be found.They smelled like home grown and I knew I would get a lovely batch of relish from these.
This is my grandmothers recipe for tomato relish, she always supplied the whole family with pickles and relish's so that is where i get my love of making them from,it is a comfort thing with the added bonus of being delicious.
1 pint vinegar
4 tablespoons cornflour
2 tablespoons curry powder
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon ginger
Place all tomatoes in a large pot or bowl, cover with boiling water and rotate them and leave for a few minutes.You will notice the skin blistering and you can then start to peel the skin off,it will come away very easily.
Cut up your tomatoes and onions and place in a bowl together sprinkle with salt and leave overnight .
Drain off the linament,boil this liquid for 30 minutes,while this is boiling add all your dry ingredients except the sugar together, make them into a paste with some of your vinegar.
After your 30 minutes add your sugar to the liquid mix and the rest of your vinegar,then add your vegies to the mix and the paste and boil another 15 minutes.
Jar and store.(Makes about 8 jars).
This keeps for a long time sometimes I have to make sure I have checked the dates but we have used them 12 months on and they are still perfect.You will get about 8 jars from this mix.I usually try to fill 6 good size jars and then fill 3 to 4 little ones eg.mustard jars so that I can give a few oldies in town a little jar to enjoy as I found that with our Mums the big jars at the shops are just too much and they go off before they can use them up, not only that the lovely smile you get makes you want to make more!! lol.