An absolute must in my pantry. This pickle is fantastic with cheddar and thick slices of bread, but even better with grilled haloumi cheese and soft Turkish rolls.

annie-s-garden-to-table2 kg green tomatoes
6 large onions
300gm coarse sea salt
1.2 litres white vinegar, plus extra to blend
1 kg raw sugar
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon chilli powder
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
1 tablespoon cloves
1 tablespoon ground turmeric
1 tablespoon mustard powder
35g cornflour

  • Thinly slice the tomatoes and onion ( a food-processor slicing blade works well for this). Mix with the salt and leave overnight.
  • Meanwhile, combine the vinegar, sugar, cayenne pepper, chilli, peppercorns and cloves in a large saucepan and simmer until the sugar is dissolved. Leave to stand overnight.
  • Rinse the tomato and onion very well in cold water and squeeze out any excess moisture.
  • Strain the pickling syrup, then return to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Mix together the turmeric, mustard powder and cornflour and add a little extra vinegar to make a paste. Stir into the boiling pickle to thicken the liquid.
  • Bottle immediately in sterilised jars (see page 34 in Annie’s book for more information). Store in a cool, dark place for 12 months. Once opened, store in the fridge.

Makes 6 – 7 x 300 ml jars.

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