I was talking via email to a friend that I met on a forum I frequent. In the course of our conversation about putting food up for the winter she mentioned that she was going to ‘bread’ some green tomato slices (for fried green tomatoes) to put in the freezer.
She went on to say that she did it last year and made fried green tomatoes in January. What she said next is what really impressed me: “—they turned out really well, not a bit soggy”.
For those of you who love fried green tomatoes and would love to have them in your freezer for a mid-winter taste of summer, here’s how my friend Lucie achieves fried green tomatoes in the winter that taste like fresh fried green tomatoes right off the vine.
- Mix one or two eggs with a splash of milk in a shallow bowl.
- Place some cracker meal or bread crumbs in a separate bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste if desired.
- Wash and thinly slice some green tomatoes.
- Dip each slice into the egg mixture and then into the cracker meal (or cornmeal or bread crumbs).
- Place the coated slice on a plate to dry. Continue with other slices and place on plate not touching each other.
- After all slices are coated, place entire plate in freezer so that the slices freeze separately.
- After about an hour you can pack the slices into Zip Loc bags, label content, date and return to the freezer.
Here’s how to keep your fried green tomatoes crisp and great tasting when you cook them this winter:
- Heat a shallow layer of vegetable oil on medium high (or 375 degrees) in a frying pan.
- Add frozen slices to pan. (Not thawing before cooking is one of the secrets to keeping your fried green tomato slices crisp and delicious.)
- Fry until golden brown. Turn and fry other side until it is also golden brown.
- Drain fried green tomato slices on paper towels and serve warm with sauce of your choice.
If you love fried green tomatoes, what could be better than having the opportunity to enjoy them in the middle of the winter as Lucie and her husband do —- especially when they taste crisp and like they just came off the vine.
Lucie and her husband live in Lancaster County, Pa.
They have a large organic garden, 5 bee hives and a small orchard containing pear, cherry, asian pear apple and chestnut trees. They also have a small flock of chickens for fresh eggs.
My thanks to Lucie for her kindness and willingness to share her secrets about fried green tomatoes.
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