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Green Tomato-Hot Pepper Pickles

Hands-on time 40 mins
Yield Makes: 6 (1-pt.) widemouthed jars for the shelf


  • 2 1/2 pounds green tomatoes (about 7 medium), cut into eighths
  • 1 pound yellow, green, and orange hot banana peppers (Hungarian wax), cut into 1/2-inch rings
  • 1 pound Anaheim peppers, cut into 1/2-inch rings
  • 1 small onion, sliced (1 1/4 cups)
  • 4 teaspoons canning-and-pickling salt, divided
  • 4 cups white vinegar (5% acidity)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pickling spice
  • 1 tablespoon mustard seeds
  • 6 small garlic cloves

How to Make It

  1. Sterilize jars, and prepare lids.

  2. While jars are boiling, toss together first 4 ingredients and 3 tsp. salt in a very large bowl. Let stand 20 minutes. Drain.

  3. Bring vinegar, sugar, remaining 1 tsp. salt, and 2 cups water to a boil in a 12-qt. stainless steel or enameled stockpot, stirring until sugar dissolves.

  4. Place 1/2 tsp. pickling spice, 1/2 tsp. mustard seeds, and 1 garlic clove in each hot jar. Using a slotted spoon, transfer vegetables to hot jars, packing tightly and leaving 1/2-inch headspace. Cover vegetables with hot pickling liquid, leaving 1/2-inch headspace. Seal and process jars, processing 15 minutes.

  5. Remove jars from water, and let stand, undisturbed, at room temperature 24 hours. To check seals, remove the bands, and press down on the center of each lid. If the lid doesn’t move, the jar is sealed. If the lid depresses and pops up again, the jar is not sealed. Store properly sealed jars in a cool, dark place up to 1 year. Refrigerate after opening.

Cook's Notes

Eat these spicy-tart pickles straight up, or pulse them in a food processor to make a quick salsa. If you prefer milder pickles, gently tap the cut peppers to shake out some of the seeds before adding the peppers to the jars.

Total time: 1 hour, 35 min., plus 3 weeks standing time

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