Green Tomato Relish Recipe

Courtesy of Ellen P.
Belmont, NC

Use this green tomato relish recipe when you harvest green tomatoes just before frost or a hard freeze. Allow two days to complete the process: one day to prepare the vegetables and soak them in brine, and a second day to mix the relish in syrup and process it.

Day 1: Make relish

What you need

1 gallon (approximately) firm green tomatoes
4 green bell peppers
4 red bell peppers
2 or more hot peppers, optional (to taste)
4 onions
½ cup canning salt (table salt works fine, too)

What to do

  1. Wash tomatoes and peppers. Slice and de-seed them.
  2. In a food processor with steel blade, grind vegetables to a medium coarse consistency.
  3. Set vegetables in a bowl. Mix in salt. Add enough water to cover. Set aside until the next day.

Day 2: Make syrup and process

What you need

3 cups vinegar
3 cups sugar
2 tablespoons celery seed
2 tablespoons mustard seed

What to do

  1. Drain vegetables.
  2. In a large pot, bring syrup ingredients to a boil.
  3. Add vegetables. Boil for 20 minutes.
  4. Pack into hot, sterilized jars to seal.
  5. Process in a hot water bath for 10 minutes.

Makes 8-10 pints.

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