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Fried Green Tomatoes Etc.

I already had to scrape a hard frost off my windshield this week. The night before that I had given in and picked all of the green tomatoes. I could have covered them as we have had a couple of nice warm days since. But some creature or other was taking a big chunk out of each tomato just as it got ripe enough for me to pick. So, I decided to give up and pick them green.

Now I have two 5 gallon buckets full of green tomatoes nicely spread out on newspaper in the cold room. They will ripen and be used and are almost as good as garden ripened tomatoes.

I also had quite a pile of green tomatoes that were blemished or had a small hole. I wanted to use them up right away. We don't really like the green pickle relish my mom always made to use them up so I am busy looking for other ideas.

I am having fried green tomatoes every day. I have discovered I like them with Panko crumbs more than with cornmeal. My favourite is still the way I had them growing up; no breading, just fried in the pan with the bacon and eggs.

I searched the net for recipes and found bacon and green tomato soup. That sounded good so I made it. We ate it and didn't waste but we are not keeping that recipe.

What to do with all of these green tomatoes.


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LeaPea2417 wrote on September 19, 2015, 10:59 AM

We make fried green tomatoes and we use bread crumbs and hotter spices to give them a tangy taste. They end up being very tasty.

paigea wrote on September 19, 2015, 1:10 PM

That's how I did it with the cornmeal and with the panko bread crumbs. I still like them best just plain in the pan with the bacon and egg.

CoralLevang wrote on September 19, 2015, 1:14 PM

You can make sauces and salsas with them. They can be used as an alternative to tomatillos used for the hispanic recipes. A different flavor, but doable.

paigea wrote on September 19, 2015, 1:16 PM

I may have to try that as I do have some small ones.

paigea wrote on September 19, 2015, 1:17 PM

I didn't realize they could be used instead of tomatillos. May have to try a salsa

alexdg1 wrote on September 19, 2015, 2:08 PM

Mom made fried green tomatoes several times. She got the recipe from the Miami Herald's cooking section when the movie "Fried Green Tomatoes' came out.

paigea wrote on September 19, 2015, 2:12 PM

I am guessing that the recipes I've found are similar.

alexdg1 wrote on September 19, 2015, 2:27 PM

I'm not sure. Probably. I know cajun pepper is an ingredient she used.

Kasman wrote on September 19, 2015, 2:50 PM

Bacon, eggs and tomatoes - the breakfast (or lunch or dinner) of kings! I also grew up eating this and it's still one of my favourites.

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VinceSummers wrote on September 19, 2015, 2:57 PM

I've never even had green tomatoes, but my Southern-born wife likes 'em. I'm a bit leery -- at least about feeding them to kids. I'm worried about solanine, which can be tough on young kids and old people. I once wrote an article about green potatoes in connection with solanine.

LoudMan wrote on September 19, 2015, 3:20 PM

I just knew there had to be a problem with them.

VinceSummers wrote on September 19, 2015, 3:36 PM

Reminds you of the old cartoon, "Lippy the Lion and Hardy Har Har. Hardy was a pessimistic laughing hyena. I remember when Lippy found a suitcase full of money. He was overjoyed at his good fortune. Hardy, however, said in sad tones, "Oh, Lippy... I just KNOW it's counterfeit." Indeed, it was no good.

LoudMan wrote on September 19, 2015, 3:39 PM

Anything as popularized as fried green tomatoes has to be bad, somehow.
Now, to read up on solanine.

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DWDavisRSL wrote on September 19, 2015, 9:58 PM

I like CoralLevang 's idea of using the green tomatoes to make salsa. I love fresh homemade salsa.

paigea wrote on September 20, 2015, 12:21 AM

Do you put a breading on the tomatoes?

paigea wrote on September 20, 2015, 12:23 AM

I certainly ate my share every fall as a child. And all winter in the relish, but that is more occasional.

WordChazer wrote on September 20, 2015, 4:35 AM

Throw them in a chili, spag bol or pasta sauce. That's what happens to just about anything in this house... We have plastic boxes stacked in the freezer with these sauces and meals ready made for whenever we fancy.

Paulie wrote on September 20, 2015, 5:09 AM

Have you thought about canning the tomatoes, or would you have to wait until they ripen first?

VinceSummers wrote on September 20, 2015, 7:53 AM

I love bacon and eggs, or bacon tomatoes and mayonnaise, but not eggs and tomatoes. It's just me, but I don't like them together. Guess I'm just a commoner.

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VinceSummers wrote on September 20, 2015, 8:01 AM

Certainly you will not die. And you may avoid stones. But you may wish to see these two paragraphs concerning Solanine and Green Tomatoes, respectively, http://www.ehow.com/info_8738165_solanine-ripe-vs-green-tomatoes.html The elderly and tiny children should especially not be given green potatoes, though the tomatoes are something to think about.

Feisty56 wrote on September 20, 2015, 9:25 AM

I'm afraid I don't have any new ideas to add to those already mentioned, but I'll be interested to see how you end up using them.

Kasman wrote on September 20, 2015, 2:39 PM

No - I like either whole tomatoes cut in half and fried or tinned, skinless tomatoes heated up just a little.

ViperGirl85 wrote on September 20, 2015, 3:39 PM

Have you tried looking on Pinterest for recipe ideas? There's a ton of stuff on there.

allen0187 wrote on September 20, 2015, 9:10 PM

If I had that many green tomatoes, I'll be making green tomato soup and I'll be sharing it in shelters.

Or, I could be eatign it all by myself. LOL!

Just my two cents.

allen0187 wrote on September 20, 2015, 9:13 PM

Thanks for sharing this article. A little knowledge goes a long way!

paigea wrote on September 20, 2015, 9:17 PM

That's how I like them too. But I never did it with tinned ones.

paigea wrote on September 20, 2015, 9:29 PM

Have you made green tomato soup? Recipe to share?

allen0187 wrote on September 20, 2015, 10:41 PM

I haven't made green tomato soup, honestly. For the recipe, I'd definitely check a couple of choices on-line.

paigea wrote on September 21, 2015, 10:48 PM

Well, we tried one recipe for green tomato soup but we weren't that pleased with it.

shaggin83 wrote on September 23, 2015, 9:43 PM

I hate when I find a recipe that sounds good and I try it and its terrible. I always think why do people share recipes that aren't good. I always rate them how I like them or not after I've tried them. I have never had green tomatoes. I don't like ripe red tomatoes even so I'm not sure if I would even want to try green ones. I'd try anything once but I'd have to probably be given them free to bother trying them. That way I wouldn't feel like I wasted my money on them if I didn't wind up liking them.

butchiepoo wrote on September 25, 2015, 1:10 PM

You sound like an amazing person. I would have NO clue what to do with a bunch of green tomatoes. My Mother was raised on a farm and she was always cooking and baking until these past few years. She lives with my brother and his wife and they pretty much do their own cooking. Now for your dilema, what to do with a bunch of green tomatoes. Lord will you please help this lady out and give her some ideas for these green tomatoes as You don't like to see things go to waste. I wonder do you have family, friends and neighbors that could use some? Just a thought. I'll be waiting to see what ends up with all your green tomatoes.

paigea wrote on September 26, 2015, 8:04 PM

Well that soup we made wasn't a hit. The green tomatoes that are unblemished will ripen inside and will be used as they ripen. The ones that slugs took a bite out of are the ones that had to be dealt with immediately. I had to work this week so I cut them up and froze them. Now I will google what to do with them when I have time.

AliCanary wrote on September 27, 2015, 12:59 AM

I think that same creature visits me in the springtime, because that is what happens to my strawberries. Why can't that stupid creature just eat one whole berry in six bites, instead of taking one bite from six berries? Seems like very spiteful behaviour, to me.

paigea wrote on September 27, 2015, 11:07 AM

I decided it was the slugs almost for certain. And that problem can mostly be solved by taking better care of our tomatoes next year. Staking them up so the fruit doesn't touch the ground. We neglected them this year. They still produced like crazy but fruit was on the ground.
I know what you mean by one bite out of each thing. The birds do that to our raspberries!

butchiepoo wrote on September 28, 2015, 11:05 AM

I love the sounds of that as long as it's not hot spicy

butchiepoo wrote on September 28, 2015, 11:09 AM

I never had them with cornmeal or the panko bread crumbs or with bacon. Sounds good though. Do you fry the bacon with the tomatoes? I have had them coated with flour, salt, and pepper fried in butter and they were really good that way. the bacon, tomatoes, and egg, sound really good.

6snowroses.6doves4peace wrote on October 15, 2015, 5:31 PM

I say, enjoy those green tomatoes, paigea! I have never had a fried green tomato, but I do love tomatoes, so I'm sure I'd love those, too. Have you seen the movie with the same title? I'd like to apologise. I thought that I'd read you before now. So sorry, and I will be back to read you more often! Be blessed

paigea wrote on October 15, 2015, 8:53 PM

I did see the movie.

markgraham wrote on October 29, 2015, 3:45 PM

I could live on just plain fried green tomato sandwiches.