While tending my garden I bumped a pretty big green tomato off the vine. WAH! Not being a huge fan of Fried Green Tomatoes, I decided to make a tiny batch of Green Tomato Chow Chow. If you’ve never heard of it before, it is a relish or side dish made with chopped up green tomatoes.
It was probably created by someone that had a lot of green tomatoes at the end of the season that didn’t ripen before the cold came. I usually just pull the whole plant out and hang it upside down in the garage, cellar or closet to finish ripening. Our garage gets as cold as outside, and we don’t have cellars in California, so I put them in my closet. If you only have a few tomatoes, you can stick them in a paper bag or cardboard box with a banana.
If you don’t want to go to all that trouble, or you just want something a little different, you can try this one from Mom’s Aunt Wanda. The original used 10 pounds of tomatoes and cabbage which was then canned to enjoy later, but Mom shrunk it down to one pound of each which makes about a quart. I shrunk it down even more because I only had about a cup of tomato. I am in a bit of trouble because I didn’t share with Mom. I will make more and bring some over, I promise!
Until next time, happy eating!