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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.

Tomato Relish
6lbs Tomatoes
2lb onions
2lb sugar
1 pint vinegar
4 tablespoons cornflour
2 tablespoons curry powder
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon  cloves
1 teaspoon ginger
(All powdered)
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.
Anyway enjoy.


  1. I love tomato relish and also love making it. My boys when they were little ate it on everything including eggs for breakfast and mashed potato at dinner. These days they just have it with meat or cheese on sandwiches,lol.

  2. I too LOVE tomato relish....THANKS so much for sharing your recipe....!! Mr SVJ & I go to Castlemaine every once in a while & there's a little market just aside in Chewton which we make a bee line for JUST for the DELICIOUS tomato relish....Now we won't have to 'hang out' in between visits if I'm able to make yours....!!!

    Tamarah :o)

  3. The relish sounds delish !
    I was wondering if you have a nice,tried and tested Sweet Mustard Pickle recipe ?And If you would like to share it :0)
    We have cauli's, zuccs and beans aplenty atm !
    Thankyou ..

  4. Oh thanks for sharing the recipe - I want to give this one a try :)

  5. Ooooh.....this sounds so very yummy!
    Thank you for the wonderful recipe. I prefer savoury condiments and also love gifting them during the holidays or using as hostess gifts. It is now in "My List" for making soon.

    How lucky you are! You have an enjoyable job where you can share time with your Mom as well as the Natural Beauty of each day. Seems like the perfect situation to me. I found your blog through Rhonda Jean@Down-to-Earth and will enjoy reading of your adventures here.
    cordially, Carolyne

  6. I sounds like a yummy recipe. I can't wait to try it. Kim :)

  7. PS. I worked as a postie too for a while. Awesome job full of adventure! Kim :)