Green Tomato Relish Recipe

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By Sonja Alterman

If you are looking for a great recipe for green tomatoes at the end of the garden season, may I suggest trying green tomato relish? Green tomato relish was the first thing I canned as a young wife and mother. My minister’s wife, Marie Beck, taught me how to make it, and I still have the recipe card she wrote for me more than 30 years ago. It only requires a few ingredients, is easy to make, and is delicious served with roasted pork or on hot dogs. Yields about 7 pints.


25 medium or 35 small green tomatoes

3 medium green bell peppers

2 medium sweet red peppers

3 medium onions

4 tbsp pickling salt

4 cups sugar

3 cups white vinegar

3 tbsp mustard seed

3 tbsp celery seed


1. Chop, process or grind all vegetables into a fine dice, then cover with the pickling salt and stir to coat. Let the mixture stand for 3 hours, then drain well.

2. Boil the sugar, vinegar and seeds for 5 minutes, then add the vegetables and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.

3. Seal in hot, sterile pint jars in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.

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Published on Oct 9, 2009