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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Grandma Katrina's Russian Pickled Tomatoes ♥

Every end of summer my grandmother used to pick the tomatoes out of the garden, we would have an overabundance of tomatoes to use in salads, and sauces, but she loved pickling them.

 When they lived in Russian pickling was essential to get through the harsh winters. “Build your sled in the summer and your wagon in the winter,” an old Russian saying advises.
In the days when wagons and sleds were a part of everyday life, this was wise counsel: it was a good idea to plan ahead for summer since it came and went in the blink of an eye, while those who didn’t plan for the six months of freezing hell known as the Russian winter would find themselves in a lot of trouble. So here is her recipe it's a perfect compliment to any dish such as baked fish, or steak. ♥

Ingredients ♥

Per 1 quart jar or 1 liter-cherry or whole
1-2 whole onion round
5-6 carrot rounds
3 bell pepper slices
1 bay leaf
3 garlic cloves
one sprig of parsley
one sprig of dill
10 black peppercorns.
1.5 heaping tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoon vinegar
1 tablespoon salt
For 3 liter jars-
1.5 tablespoon salt
3 tablespoons vinegar
4 tablespoons sugar

Directions ♥

Place onion,carrots,garlic,black peppercorns,dill,parsley,bay leaf on the bottom of the jar. Place tomatoes in a jar.preferably small, but slice in half or quarters if large. In a pot or sauce pan bring water to a boil. Fill jars(with tomatoes)with boiling water and let them sit for 15-20 minutes. Pour out the water from jars back into the pot and bring it to a boil again. Add sugar,salt and vinegar to the jar with tomatoes and fill it back with the boiling water that was poured out in to the pot. Close the lid tightly.Cover a table with blanket or towel, and place the jar upside down. cover it with blanket or a towel. Keep them covered with a blanket or a towel for 24 hours. Ready in a week or two.The longer, the better. 

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