Friday, February 20, 2009

Fannie's Recipes Part 5

As you may have noticed, most of the recipes from Fannie O'Dell's 1888 handwritten recipe book are for desserts. There is one notable exception. Today's recipe is for tomato pickles. Having done a good deal of pickling myself, I will recommend that this a recipe for the sake of historic interest rather than one to try. Many historic pickling recipes are not considered safe by modern standards. This is usually because the recipes do not include processing the pickles in a boiling water canner to kill off bacteria. While the recipe may be perfectly safe, the last thing I want to do is make anyone sick.

Tomato Pickles
4 quarts of tomatoes sliced at night
add a little salt
seal tomatoes in vinegar in the morning
add 1 cup sugar
onions and spices

Today's image is another random one from my collections. This was taken before the production of our Tales From A Tiny Perfect Town performance of 5 Stab Wounds in the Governor in October 2007.

All for now,

1 comment:

  1. I just love the "sliced at night" detail. What a treasure Fannie's recipes are for your museum!!

    Interestingly, the "sliced at night" is likely included because the recipe would probably have used green tomatoes which typically need to be salted and soaked overnight before pickling. You still find that detail in many modern Sweet Green Tomato Pickles recipes almost identical to this one.