Canning Tomato Relish

We have had such a wonderful crop of tomatoes this season so far, my kitchen windowsill is packed with ripening tomatoes and there are still plenty growing in the veggie patch. Today we made our first batch of tomato relish that is about to go into the freezer. I feel a tremendous amount of gratitude to be able to walk out into our veggie garden, pick our homegrown produce and prepare it for a meal. I love that we are reaching a new level of self-sufficiency, it makes my heart smile…

The Relish:
1 basket, full of ripe tomatoes.
Soak them in boiling water, let the water cool, remove the skins and gently squeeze your tomatoes so that the seeds fall out. Squeeze them over a sieve so you can save as much juice as possible. Once I left the seeds in, and oh my goodness, they made the sauce so sour! (Live and learn:)
I slowly heated the tomatoes and added a generous amount of crushed garlic, a handfull of chopped basil leaves, salt, black pepper and some Balsamic vinegar.
I let it cook for a while and adjusted my ingredients according to taste.

Sterilised my bottling jars and added my tomato relish and popped them in the freezer.
I feel like such a farmergirl now, I just love it!
This is a great book for preserving, Putting Food By.

(A few readers have asked what camera I use, it is a Cannon Power Shot SX10IS)

Have a wonderful day xo
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16 Responses to Canning Tomato Relish

  1. Ren- Lady Of The Arts January 11, 2011 at 7:39 pm #

    looks so good and lovely photos!

  2. Elisa January 11, 2011 at 7:41 pm #

    I am inspired! I want your life! 🙂 Mostly I find it’s soothing to see summer going on while the snow is falling outside, thank you!

  3. Mrs A January 11, 2011 at 8:29 pm #

    wow and yum, this is a fabulous recipe and im off to find that book! Another blogger i follow mentioned a preserve book she loves, her blog is little green shed, she also just did a post on preserving, thought you might be interested.

  4. Yvonne January 11, 2011 at 8:46 pm #

    Yumm, sounds good!
    I also love the feeling off walking into your garden and use the veggies you grow yourself.
    Love, Yvonne

  5. Bart en Kaya January 11, 2011 at 11:17 pm #

    that does look amazing!
    That is what wealth is!!
    Ik feel a little jalous as we have a little city house with a tiny city garden! But than again we couldn’t store all those great jars of natural treasures.

  6. Julze January 11, 2011 at 11:54 pm #

    My tomatoes are still ripening. Your relish looks yummy!

  7. K January 12, 2011 at 12:20 am #

    You do EVERYTHING.

    Oh, for a sun warm tomato.

  8. Bishop Stone January 12, 2011 at 2:09 am #

    I love that photo of the tomatoes. Mine are still very small. but I am waiting.

  9. Tracy January 12, 2011 at 2:20 am #


    I am so jealous. We had a very hot and dry summer here in the States and our tomatoes did not like it. We had one quater the crop we usually do so no sauce or stewed tomatoes to can this year. The same thing happened with our red bell peppers. I am missing our usual store of peppers and tomatoes this winter. We are expecting another foot of snow on Wednesday!!

    Looks yummy, hope you enjoy it.


  10. Rene' Sharp January 12, 2011 at 5:17 am #

    Another inspiring post my friend!!! I think I am going to have to do this as well as I can see I am going to have loads of tomatoes ripening at the same time!! I managed to do a bit of spinning yesterday and it was lovely!! I am also busy knitting a Lacy Baktus with my homespun yarn and am loving the process. We really are blessed, aren’t we!! 🙂

  11. Val January 12, 2011 at 8:39 am #

    Lovely photos – I can almost smell the scent of ripe tomatoes…there is something so satisfying about growing and’s stocking rich treasures for the Winter :0)

  12. milkymumma January 12, 2011 at 9:51 am #

    I am just about to preserve our tomatoes. Thanks for the tip regarding the seeds, I would have left them in!

  13. valarie January 12, 2011 at 7:55 pm #

    This realish looks fantastic. I’ve put it aside to remind to make some when summer returns to us.

  14. Rosina {Rosy ~ Posy} January 13, 2011 at 7:21 am #

    Your tomatoes and relish look amazing! I find it so neat that you have fresh tomatoes from your garden growing right now and we just got buried in over a foot of snow *grin*.

  15. Edytheanne January 15, 2011 at 6:51 am #

    I’m drooling over here in Florida.
    Don’t know if it is the sauce or the wonderful photography.

  16. Rachel January 17, 2011 at 5:34 pm #

    Mmmmm. Looks good! What do you use this relish for? I know. Dumb question. Do you use it in place of tomato sauce?

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