I (Litsa) have always enjoyed pickled squash, okra, pickles, and more. However, I had never tried pickled green tomatoes. This past summer, a friend’s husband canned pickled okra and pickled, green tomatoes. I was impressed with the flavor. As I raved about enjoying these two fresh, canned goods, my friend shared how easy it was to can them.
I didn’t think I had time in my schedule to can anything else or even attempt pickling okra or green tomatoes. In fact when I was brought fresh okra late in the season, I ended up freezing it rather than canning it. I wasn’t prepared with a pickling spice, knowledge, and additional jars. But when my friend brought me bags and bags of green tomatoes and Mrs. Wages Hot Pickling Mix, I had to give pickling a chance.
Mrs. Wages is a superb full-flavored spice mix. The ingredients listed on the package are: Salt, Dehydrated Vegetables (jalapeno pepper, red bell pepper), Spice Extractives (including turmeric), Spice. I recommend Mrs. Wages. The directions on the package were easy to follow for a novice (but be sure to read the CAUTION label–it’s there for a reason–cough! cough!) canner.
Mrs. Wages can be purchased on Amazon by the packet and/or by a bundled pack of 12. Each packet makes 7 Quarts of Pickled Green Tomatoes, Pickles, and/or Okra. There’s an art to packing the jars tightly since the produce draws up after adding the spice/vinegar mix to them. Therefore, you’ll want to make sure you pack your jars with produce tightly. Additional canning and preserving tips should be considered too. Although canning pickled green tomatoes takes far less time than making jars and jars of homemade salsa.
Do you enjoy pickled vegetables?