Green Tomato Pickles

Green Tomato Pickles Recipe
Instead of making fried green tomatoes, use those green tomatoes for tangy, spiced pickles that are perfect with ham, pork tenderloin, or grilled chicken. The recipe makes 7 pints, so you’ll have a few jars for gifts.


7 pints

Recipe from

Southern Living


5 pounds green tomatoes, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
2 tablespoons pickling salt
1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
2 cups cider vinegar (5% acidity)
2 teaspoons mustard seeds
2 teaspoons whole allspice
2 teaspoons celery seeds
1 1/2 teaspoons whole cloves
3 cups water


Sprinkle tomato and onion with pickling salt; let stand 4 to 6 hours. Drain and pat dry with paper towels; set aside.

Combine brown sugar and vinegar in a Dutch oven; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves.

Place mustard seeds and next 3 ingredients on 6-inch square of cheesecloth; tie with string. Add spice bag, tomato, onion, and 3 cups water to vinegar mixture.

Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 25 minutes or until tomato and onion are tender. Remove and discard spice bag.

Pour hot mixture into hot jars, filling to 1/2 inch from top. Remove air bubbles; wipe jar rims. Cover at once with metal lids, and screw on bands.

Process in boiling-water bath 10 minutes.