Food. Green Tomato Marmalade Recipe

Delicious Tangy Marmalade

Sliced Juicy oranges
Sliced Juicy oranges
Green Tomatoes at the end of the Season
Green Tomatoes at the end of the Season
The Juice of Two Lemons.
The Juice of Two Lemons.
The essential Sugar.
The essential Sugar.
The delicious,rich, resulting Marmalade.
The delicious,rich, resulting Marmalade.

A Glut of Green Tomatoes

Which gardener at the end of the season isn't faced with baskets of green tomatoes that stubbornly refuse to ripen? It is possible to uproot the vine and hang it up indoors and wait patiently for the tomatoes to ripen as my mother taught me to do. However, green tomatoes have many culinary uses from the famous fried green tomatoes to green tomato chutney. A more unususual and very versatile use is to make green tomato marmalade. This tangy preserve is not only wonderful on toast for breakfast but it makes an ideal relish to serve with grilled meats and curries as an unusual form of chutney.

The marmalade may be made on the stove top in a large preserving pan (please not brass) but I have found a much easier method is to make it in a slow cooking pot. This way the marmalade can bubble away without fear of it burning or boiling over. Mine took longer this way but the result was great, the orange peel was soft amd the tomatoes cooked to perfection. When it was ready, the color was a deep rich orange brown and it tasted sharp and sweet at the same time. All you need is a measured quantity of green tomatoes, sugar, a couple of lemons and a few juice oranges.The fruit needs to steep overnight before cooking so this must be taken into account when calculating the preparation time.

This is how to make it:

INGREDIENTS

3 lbs of Green Tomatoes Juice of two lemons

3 juicy thin skinned oranges

3 lb of sugar Muslin bag for the pips (which contain the pectin)

METHOD

Wash all fruit. Destem the tomatoes and remove the little crowns. Slice the tomatoes and oranges thinly and place in the pot. Reserve any orange pips and place in muslin bag. Squeeze the lemons in the pan again reserving the pips. Place the bag of pips in with the sliced fruit. Pour the sugar on top and leave overnight You will be amazed at the amount of juice in the pot the next day.

Bring the pot to a boil and then reduce heat and cook until the orange rind is tender and the marmalade quite thick. Remove the bag of pips, squeezing out the juice. If you make this in a crockpot it will take longer. Start on high until the fruit is near boiling then turn down to low. When ready the color will deepen and the rind will be tender.Pot and cover.

This is a versatile marmalade as not only is it delicious on toast for breakfast, it is a great accompaniment for savory dishes and excellent as a filling for sandwich cakes. Enjoy!






Marmalade is Wonderful!

A fine Marmalade Cat.
A fine Marmalade Cat.
A fine Batch of Lushious Marmalade
A fine Batch of Lushious Marmalade
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The Ultimate Accolade, your very own Cafe named after you!
Another fine example of a Marmalade Cat. All photos courtesy of Flickr.
Another fine example of a Marmalade Cat. All photos courtesy of Flickr.

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Joy At Home 6 years ago from United States

I already used all my green tomatoes this year, but I may try this next fall. Great idea.


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hi Joy This is well worth making. I've had the recipe for many years and never tried it til this fall. We all loved it. Thanks for stopping by.


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Putz Ballard 6 years ago

Al gone now, we have enjoyed "fried green tomatoes" soo good. I wll have to share this with my wife, but she can make us some, next year. thank you for sharing.


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Sorry I'm too late for you. Try it next year. Thanks for dropping by...


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Alexander Mark 6 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon

That sounds like a very unique taste. It's a little too involved for me but it looks delicious sitting in the jars on the shelf. Yum!


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Thanks, Alexander. It is a surprisingly delicious marmalade and if you make it in a slow cooker it is carefree to make even for a ...(oops I didn't mean to say that!)


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lctodd1947 6 years ago from USA

This sounds wonderful. I will have to tell my nephew about this as he has a garden. Thanks so much.


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hope you get to enjoy it too! Thanks for droppig by Ictodd1947


pikonini 6 years ago

I love the sound of this and have plenty of green tomatoes - but please can you give an indication of how long it takes in the slow cooker (minimum hours at least) and do you leave the lid off the cooker?


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hi pikonini, It was fall when I made this. I started off with the lid on and the cooker on high until everything was simmering nicely then I turned it down to low and took the lid off and stirred it quite a lot until the color turned a rich tawny color. It was probably 2 hrs on low. Hope it works for you. It was delicious and didn't last long. Let me know how you get on. Thanks for dropping by.


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Fluffy77 5 years ago from Enterprise, OR

Love it! We do have people here who have extra green tomatoes left over, and I always tell them give them to me since I adore fried green tomato's. I have to admit your recipe is so much more tempting, I may just have to try it this season!!


Random 5 years ago

Marmalade cats are the BEST!


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Gypsy Willow 5 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Thanks for your comment Fluffy, you won't be disappointed


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Gypsy Willow 5 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Thanks Random I love them too. I had a female ginger cat who lived to be over 20, she was a fabulous companion. I miss her to this day.


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Felina Margetty 4 years ago from New York, New York

Yum, yum, yum what a great and colorful hub. I loved your photography and the celebrity cats who appeared here and there. Sadly though from your comments the cat creator took her home to the promised land. Lucky you live in lake Tahoe all that beauty will keep you distracted.Nice simple recipe too. Thanks F.


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Gypsy Willow 4 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hi Felina, thanks for your lovely comment. Yes the cat creator had called in my wonderful marmalade cat. She died in my arms and she was over twenty. I never knew how old she was exactly as she was adopted from friends who emigrated to Australia. Incidentally, most marmalade cats are male. She was the exception that proved the rule. Hope you get to make the marmalade one day.


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Felina Margetty 4 years ago from New York, New York

Thanks I love your turn of phrase, The exception that proved the rule. Nothing is black and white is it, well except a tuxedo. Cheers.F


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Gypsy Willow 4 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Thanks for dropping by and your nice comment. Like your sense of humour!


Gwenda from christchurch 3 years ago

Looks like a perfect use for my green tomatoes this year, cant wait to try it! Oh and i have a lovely marmalade girl too. ;-)


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Gypsy Willow 3 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Believe me it's worth the trouble. Love Marmalades too ! Thanks for dropping by.

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