Green Tomato Relish


24 green tomatoes
4 large white, yellow, or sweet onions
6 medium-large bell peppers, preferably a mix of colors
1-2 jalapeno peppers (optional)
3 tablespoons pickling salt
3 cups granulated sugar
3 tablespoons mixed pickling spices, tied in a cloth
3 cups white distilled vinegar


Finely dice (see Note) the tomatoes, onions, peppers, and jalapenos (if using).

Transfer the vegetables to a large bowl, stir in the pickling salt, and let stand for 1 hour. Drain and discard liquid, then add the sugar, pickling spices, and vinegar. Transfer mixture to a 4-quart pot and set it over high heat; bring to a boil. Lower heat to low and gently simmer for 1 hour. Remove the cloth of pickling spices.

Pack the relish into hot, fully sterilized pint jars, leaving a quarter-inch of head space at the top. Remove any air bubbles by tapping the jars lightly; wipe jar rims with a clean towel. Cover at once with metal lids, and screw on bands. Seal and process for 5 minutes in a boiling-water bath. Cool and store in a cool, dry place.


6 pints

Preparation Time

55 Minutes

Total Time

170 Minutes

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how about how many pounds of tomatoes

Hi, Just to help some of us out, or at least me. 24 tomatoes is a bit vague. Are we talking like 9-10 pounds?

green tomatoes recipe

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Hi, John. We would estimate it at about 8 pounds of medium green tomatoes.

I'm confused! The ingredients

I'm confused! The ingredients in the recipe above call for
"3 tablespoons mixed pickling spices, tied in a cloth" and in the
instructions, "then add the sugar, pickling spices, and vinegar."
Why tie them in a cloth if you're just going to add them, or is there
a step missing where you just soak them in the vegetable mix?

We should add a step asking

The Editors's picture

We should add a step asking you to remove the cloth bag (which we will) before packing into jars. Thanks, Jim!