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Arlington, TX

November 30, 2009
6:45 AM

Post #7320791

Ruth Blair's Picallilli

Ruth Blair was my mother. She passed in 2003 aged 93. She made this recipe in quantity every autumn she had a bumper tomato crop to be saved from frost. When I was a boy, I cranked the hand grinder for her.

1 peck (2 gallons) green tomatoes

1 head cabbage

3 peppers, red and green

8 large onions

1 cup salt

Chop and mix together tomatoes, cabbage, onions, peppers. Add salt. Let stand overnight. Drain and add the following:

2 quarts vinegar

2 cups brown sugar

1 Tbsp. mustard seed

2 Tbsp. cinnamon

2 Tbsp. ground black pepper

1 Tbsp. whole cloves

1 Tbsp. whole allspice

2 Tbsp. ginger

1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

Place the cloves, the allspice and the ginger in a bag. Put all the rest of ingredients into the big pot and boil for 30 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove the bag of spices. Pour into sterile, hot jars and seal immediately. Yield: 15 1/2 pints.

This stuff is GREAT with roast beef or pot roast!

December 1, 2009
3:29 AM

Post #7323962

That sounds wonderful; nice and spicy, too!

Thanks so much for sharing such a wonderful recipe with us all.

Could you tell me if this recipe has a family history? Did it originate with a grandmother or from another country?

(Just reason for asking.)



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