Savory Green Tomato Relish

adapted from Farmgirl Fare

makes 3 pints (we halved it since we are not huge relish eaters and I didn't want to can)

Prep and cook time: 30 minutes

Cost: $2.00

(tomatoes: come on, they're free, onion: .15, red peppers: .75, apple: .50, jalapeno peppers: .50; other stuff: .10)

2 lb (about 12-16 romas) green tomatoes, cored and chopped (make sure they are hard green tomatoes)

1 lb (1 large) white or yellow onion, chopped

3/4 lb sweet red peppers (2-3), cored and chopped

1/2 lb tart cooking apples (1 large) such as Granny Smith, cored and chopped

6 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1/2 C apple cider vinegar (use 1 C if you plan to can; 2-4 Tbsp if you're going for a salsa)

1/2 Tbsp salt

2 jalapeno peppers, cored and seeded (Farmgirl recommends 4, but we're weak in the heat department)

2 Tbsp chopped cilantro

1 tsp ground cumin (optional)

Combine tomatoes, onions, peppers, apples, garlic, vinegar, and salt in a large nonreactive pot (such as stainless steel or ceramic) and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until vegetables begin to break down and it all seems thicker. 

Stir in jalapenos, cilantro, and cumin and simmer for 5 more minutes. Put mixture in blender and blend until chunky (or use an immersion blender). Don't get it smooth. 

This will keep for several weeks in the refrigerator.

If you want to can it (I didn't so these are Farmgirl's instructions): Ladle hot relish into hot jars, leaving 1/4 inch head space. Process in boiling water canner for 15 minutes. Store in cool, dark place for up to a year. 

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