Last week we said goodbye to our green house. It was quite emotional for me as I really fell in love with it! Although the journey of building it and general gardening jobs delayed our house renovation (kitchen in particular) I feel having green house has given us irreplaceable experience. I loved getting fresh tomatoes everyday for my toast and salads, even if it was for only few months. I have learned a lot too! I will be applying my new learned knowledge next year when I grow tomatoes again :).But what to do with all those green tomato that missed their chance to catch some sun? Few years ago we made some green tomato chutney. This year however I decided to go with green tomato ketchup only because we use ketchup more often (I bet you do too!). Green tomato ketchup taste a little fresher to compare to regular ketchup but is equally delicious with chips! This recipe can be halved or doubled depending on your green tomato harvest. So weigh your tomatoes before deciding how much ketchup to make.
GREEN TOMATO KETCHUP
- 2 kg tomatoes
- olive oil
- 3 onions, chopped
- 2 celery sticks, sliced
- 2 thumb fresh ginger, grated
- 4 garlic cloves, sliced
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- 1/2 tsp ground mixed spice
- salt and pepper
- 700ml water
- 2 tsp tabasco sauce (more if you like spicy)
- 150ml apple cider vinegar
- 200g brown sugar (I used dark brown which made the ketchup look darker)
1. wash, weigh, chop the tomatoes and set aside.2. Place onions and celery in a large saucepan with a generous amount of olive oil, ginger, garlic, ground coriander and mixed spice. Season with the pepper and a pinch of salt. Cook gently till softened. 3. Add the tomatoes, water and bring to the boil and simmer gently until the sauce reduces by half (around 3 h for 2kg tomatoes).
4. Whiz the sauce in a food processor or with a hand blender. Add the vinegar and the sugar. Place the sauce on the heat and simmer until it reduces and thickens to the consistency of tomato ketchup. At this point, adjust the seasoning to taste.
5. Spoon the jam into the ready sterilised jars or glass bottles. Should at least try making it for those chips 😉