I've been making tomato relish for years but every year I experiment with different recipes because I haven't quite found the perfect one. Truth be told, my favourite is made with a good old Ezy sauce base (a vinegar-spice mix that you can find in Aussie supermarkets in the sauce section) but I feel like that's not traditional enough or something so I've been experimenting with recipes that are a bit more basic (tomato, vinegar, sugar and spices only).
Firstly, boil a big pot of water on the stove top.
Secondly, fill a sink with cold water and add a few freezer blocks to that to make it even colder.
Next score a cross shape at the base of your tomatoes.
Then plunge the tomatoes into the boiling water for approx 30 seconds.
Transfer the tomatoes from the boiling water into the cold water and then peel the skins off. It should be really easy as all of the above process loosens the skins.
Now your tomatoes are ready to be boiled into lovely pots of relish or chutneys.
This week I've done a few batches of various relish/chutneys and so far so good, each one is up there with the best I've ever made. As usual I've used recipes by my idol, Sally Wise. Below is a link to her recipes which she has on ABC online. Also, if you're interested in what she's about, check out her blog with all the inspiring food she makes and creates at sallywise.com.au
Tomato Chilli Relish/Pickle
Plum Wostershire Sauce
If you're not someone who usually makes preserves, I'd recommend having a go at relish if you can get your hands on some sauce tomatoes. There's nothing quite like it and it can be smothered on meats, put in curries n stews or slathered on toast with cheese. So versatile and so yummy (and not too hard to make.)
Note: all the above recipes make quite a lot, so you can always halve the recipes if you don't think you will need as much as the recipe would make. I tend to do this and I still always make enough to give some away to family and friends.