Pickled green tomatoes

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I used a simplification of this recipe from Andrea Meyers.  She includes a disclaimer that says that, because the recipe doesn’t call for processing, she can’t guarantee nothing bad will happen.  So far, she’s done it a billion times, and lived to post the recipe.  That’s good enough for me.

Pickled Green Tomatoes
For 4-5 pounds green tomatoes, cut in wedges:

Brine:
2 quarts white vinegar
3 quarts water
3/4 cup pickling salt

Put the brine ingredients in a pot and bring to a big, rolling boil. While it’s coming to a boil, sterilize (I wash in soapy water and then submerge in boiling water) enough quart jars, lids, and rings to hold the tomatoes. That’s 5 or 6, probably.

In each sterilized jar, put:
2 cloves garlic, sliced
large pinch pickling spice
1/2 t. whole mustard seed
Enough green tomatoes to come to about 1/2 inch from the rim

Pour boiling brine into each jar, leaving 1/4-1/2 inch headspace. Seal. Leat the jars cool, and listen for the pops. If any jars don’t pop, keep them in the refrigerator.

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