Green Tomato Pickles

On a whim, I tried these “pickles”…green tomato pickles.


I know…I know…they aren’t super attractive looking and putting the words pickle and tomato together is just a bit unusual but honest…they are good.  We tried a jar after only a day of being processed so I am sure they are going to get even better.

Every year I plant a cherry and a grape tomato plant because the tomatoes on them always ripen early.  I eat the tomatoes as the ripen like CRAZY.  Then after a week or so the regular tomato plants start producing and the grape and cherry tomatoes are forgotten.

This year I made a goal of trying to use up as many things in the garden as I can and to cut garden waste.  So when I saw this recipe, I knew I had to give it a try.  The perfect opportunity arose Saturday.  I was canning bread and butter pickles but only had a few jars, not enough to fill the canner so I made enough jars of the Green Tomato Pickles to fill the canner….Honest…they are good and I am definitely making more.

Here’s the recipe:

small green tomatoes
garlic cloves (I used fresh chopped in the jar)
celery stalks
hot green peppers
green peppers
cider vinegar

Fill the jars with small green tomatoes.  To each jar, add 1 toe of garlic (1 T. of the other), 1 hot green pepper, 1 head dill, 1 celery stalk and 1/4 green pepper cut in strips.  Mix 1 quart of vinegar, 1 cup of pickling salt, and 2 quarts of water.  Boil for five minutes.  Pour into jars.  Seal.  Process in a hot water bath for 15 minutes.

Give them a try…

3 thoughts on “Green Tomato Pickles”

  1. That is always such a thrill to look on the shelves of the pantry and see those filled jars looking back at you!!! As for green tomatoes, our family must have every possible tomato made into salsa (a dozen jars made so far this morning!) or at least canned diced tomatoes! When the summer is over, all green tomatoes will be wrapped in newspaper and stored in the basement pantry.

  2. the green tomato pickles we used to have were sliced, not whole, tomatoes, but your recipe is similar! they sure are good. also, we made tomato jelly. now there’s a combination of words you don’t see much! haha. but seriously, it is VERY good. we used the yellow tomatoes for it, mostly, but have made it from the red ones. good stuff, maynard!

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