Green Tomato Pickles


Great use for green tomatoes! Do not use cold-damaged or bruised tomatoes in this recipe.

Prep Time:
2 hrs
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
9 hrs
Total Time:
11 hrs 30 mins
8 pint jars


  • 1 gallon green tomatoes, thinly sliced

  • 6 large onions, thinly sliced

  • ½ cup salt

  • 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns

  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves

  • 1 tablespoon whole allspice berries

  • 1 tablespoon celery seeds

  • 1 tablespoon mustard seed

  • 1 tablespoon ground mustard

  • 3 cups distilled white vinegar

  • 3 cups brown sugar

  • ½ lemon, sliced

  • 2 red bell peppers, minced

  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced


  1. In a large ceramic bowl or crock, combine green tomatoes and onions. Sprinkle with salt. Refrigerate overnight.

  2. Pour cold water over tomatoes and onions, and let stand for 1 hour. Place peppercorns, cloves, allspice berries, mustard seeds, and ground mustard in a small cheesecloth bag.

  3. Drain tomatoes and onions.

  4. In a large pot, stir together vinegar and sugar, and then add the tomatoes and onions, the cheesecloth bag with spices, the sliced lemon, and minced red pepper. Bring to a low boil, and then simmer over low heat for 30 minutes. Check frequently; you may need to pull the pot off of the heat occasionally to prevent scorching. Discard spice bag.

  5. Fill sterilized jars with tomato mixture, leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Garnish with thin strips of red pepper arrange vertically along the sides of the jars. Screw on lids, and process in a boiling water bath for 15 minutes. Remove jars and let jars cool completely. Refrigerate any that haven't sealed completely. Store sealed jars in a cool dark place.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

117 Calories
1g Fat
28g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 32
Calories 117
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Sodium 18mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 25g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 35mg 177%
Calcium 44mg 3%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 257mg 5%

* 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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