Green Tomato Relish
Green Tomato Relish

Alrighty, I put some of my green tomatoes to good use. Ever since Charlynn mentioned her green tomato chow, I knew it was something that I had to try.

She kindly sent my her recipe and instructions, so I gave it a whirl.

How to Make Green Tomato Relish

  • 30 green tomatoes
  • 16 onions
  • Slice and mix the tomatoes and onions in a non-reactive container.
  • Add 1/2 cup pickling salt.
  • Let mixture sit overnight. Mixture will stink up the house, better to put it in the garage if you don’t want the smell of onions all through the place.
  • Drain mixture well, put in a large stockpot.
  • Add:16 apples (in cheesecloth)-any kind of apples will do, my grandmother usually used the crab apples from her backyard. This adds natural pectin to the chow.
  • Ad in  3 cups white sugar, 2 cups brown sugar, 1/2 cup pickling spices (in cheesecloth), 1 cup cider vinegar, 2 cups white vinegar.
  • It won’t look like enough liquid in the pot-I added 2 more cups of vinegar, and it came out watery and really tart. DO NOT DOT THAT! Just make sure you bring it to a boil slowly to avoid scorching, and then the liquid will come out of the apples.
  • Bring it to a boil, then lower the temp to a good simmer. Cook for an hour and a half, or until veggies reach desired consistency.

I used my slicer attachment to cop up everything, thanks goodness for that, because that is one heckuva job, to chop everything up. If it went through too large, I just added it right back into the chopper and made it smaller again.

Holy tears Batman. My eyes were a’ stinging by the end of these babies. Ouch. My daughter gave up helping and ran away since her eyes also started watering like mad.

Ok, so we put on the pickling salt and let it sit overnight.


Now, before I put it in the pot I forgot to drain it. Completely skipped that direction.

That would be why I was wondering how Charlynn thought she didn’t have enough liquid. I had more than enough.

Because she drained hers. Whoopsie.

Look, once again, I never claimed to know what I am doing here.

So then I put it into the sterilized jars. It didn’t look that liquidy, so maybe I got away with it.

Boil ’em up! Can those little suckers.

So it tastes great, a sweet green tomato relish basically is what I would classify it as, probably healthy as heck for you as well, even with the sugar. But I ask the expert Charlynn now, was it supposed to be jelly-ish? Because mine is not, it’s liquidy without a speck of jellyishness to it. Jelly-ish-ness. I totally made that word up.

She serves it as a side dish with roasts and says it;s amazing with pork, which I can definitely see. With the apple taste in it thanks to the apples, it would be a lovely match.


5 from 2 votes
Green Tomato Relish
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 20 mins

Amazing green tomato relish, perfect for those tomatoes that didn't ripen! Step by step photos and instructions.

Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: green tomato relish
Servings: 14
Calories: 514 kcal
Author: Charlynn
  • 30 green tomatoes
  • 16 onions
  • 1/2 cup pickling salt
  • cheesecloth
  • 3 cups white sugar
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup pickling spices in cheesecloth
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 16 apples wrapped in cheesecloth
  1. Slice and mix the tomatoes and onions in a non-reactive container.
  2. Add 1/2 cup pickling salt. Let the mixture sit overnight.

  3. Drain mixture well, put in a large stockpot.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients.
  5. Bring it to a boil slowly, stirring to avoid scorching, and then the liquid will come out of the apples.
  6. Bring it to a boil, then lower the temp to a good simmer.
  7. Cook for an hour and a half, or until veggies reach desired consistency.
  8. Remove the apples from the pot, squeezing the cheesecloth lightly to release the flavour and pectin from the apples and can the chow!

  9. Carefully ladle the hot mixture into clean hot jars,  ( the size is up to you!) leaving 1/2-in. head space. 

    Remove air bubbles by tapping slightly and adjust head space, if necessary, by adding hot mixture. Wipe the rims clean. 

    Center the lids on the jars; screw on the metal bands until they are fingertip tight.

  10. Place the jars into a canner pot with simmering water, ensuring that they are completely covered with water. 

  11. Bring to a boil; process for 15 minutes. Remove the jars and cool. Listen for the lids to POP and seal.

Recipe Notes

The processing time listed is for altitudes of 1,000 feet or less. For altitudes up to 3,000 feet, add 5 minutes; 6,000 feet, add 10 minutes; 8,000 feet, add 15 minutes; 10,000 feet, add 20 minutes. WHEN IN DOUBT LEAVE THEM IN LONGER.

Read about canning safety before you attempt canning for the first time.

Nutrition Facts
Green Tomato Relish
Amount Per Serving
Calories 514 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Sodium 52mg 2%
Potassium 998mg 29%
Total Carbohydrates 127g 42%
Dietary Fiber 10g 40%
Sugars 110g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 36.1%
Vitamin C 97.6%
Calcium 10.5%
Iron 11.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.




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  1. V, I did squeeze the cheesecloth when I took it out, just to get all of the flavor out of it. I wouldn’t worry about getting absolutely all of the liquid out, just give it a healthy squeeze with a set of tongs.

  2. I thought the apples were for pectin – but that is a heck of a lot of apples for pectin – I reread the post – and am clarifying again (well, you haven’t actually cooked with me yet – I wing it – only after I know how it is actually supposed to be! 😉
    Do you squeeze the cheese cloth bag when you remove it and get as much liquid and mush into the chow as you can – and then throw out the pulp?
    Can you e-mail me when you answer this, too – as there is no place to click to get answers to comments here sent to me 🙂 V

  3. The apples are for natural pectin! It doesn’t use any pectin in it, the apples give it a little flavor but definitely give it pectin! I am off to edit the recipe and put that in for explanation.

  4. So, why are the apples in cheese cloth – do you remove them – that part I do not understand – but am definitely up for making this – but it will have to be tomorrow. Hope you answer soon. He he

  5. Just saw this now-been so busy with school I haven’t been keeping up on my blog friends!

    Not supposed to be jellyish at all. The liquid is a bit thick, but not like a jelly. It looks really good! Looks like you did a good job of it, even with forgetting to drain it. Did you find it salty because of that? Had some this weekend with my Thanksgiving turkey-so yummy!

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