Green Tomato Relish


This green tomato relish is a delicious, tangy mix of green tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, and spices, perfect with sandwiches, potatoes, cheese, and many other entrées. A jar of this makes a great gift, too!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr 55 mins
12 pints


  • 24 large green tomatoes

  • 12 large onions

  • 3 red bell peppers, halved and seeded

  • 3 green bell peppers, halved and seeded

  • cheesecloth

  • 5 cups white sugar

  • 2 cups cider vinegar

  • 3 tablespoons celery seed

  • 3 tablespoons mustard seed

  • 1 tablespoon salt


  1. Working in batches, coarsely grind tomatoes, onions, red bell peppers, and green bell peppers in a grinder or food processor. Line a large colander with cheesecloth and place in the sink or a large bowl. Pour in tomato mixture to drain for 1 hour.

  2. Combine drained tomato mixture, sugar, vinegar, celery seed, mustard seed, and salt in a large, non-aluminum stockpot over high heat; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes.

  3. Sterilize enough jars and lids to hold relish (twelve 1-pint jars or six 1-quart jars). Pack relish into the sterilized jars, ensuring no spaces or air pockets. Fill the jars to the top; screw on the lids.

  4. Place a rack in the bottom of a large stockpot and fill halfway with boiling water. Carefully lower the jars into the pot using a holder. Leave a 2-inch space between the jars. If necessary, pour in more boiling water until the tops of the jars are covered by 2 inches of water. Bring water to a full boil, then cover and process for 30 minutes.

  5. Remove the jars from the pot and place them on a cloth-covered or wood surface, several inches apart, until cool. Once cool, press the top of each lid with a finger, ensuring that the seal is tight (the lid does not move up or down at all). Relish can be stored for up to a year.

    Green Tomato Relish in mason jars

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

32 Calories
0g Fat
8g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 192
Calories 32
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 40mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 10mg 50%
Calcium 8mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 72mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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