PICKLED CHERRY TOMATOES
- 2 quarts cleaned cherry tomatoes, whole
- 1/4 cup salt
- 1 quart ice
- 1/2 -1 cup sugar
- 2 1/2 cups white or cider vinegar
- 1 1/2 teaspoon spice of choice (dill, whole clove, mustard seed, red pepper flakes)
Place clean cherry tomatoes into a stainless steel or glass container with salt and cover with ice; leave at room temperature for 1-2 hours, which by that time they will be frozen.
Meantime in saucepan, bring sugar, vinegar and your choice of spices to boil. Set aside.
Drain water/dry melted ice from bowl of cherry tomatoes. Without rinsing salt from the tomatoes, add to the hot vinegar & spice mixture to the bowl over the tomatoes for 3-5 minutes and until tomatoes warm up a bit.
Remove tomatoes to dry very clean bowl or jar and chill before covering.
Keep refrigerated until needed. Drain to serve.