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Pickled Green Tomato Relish

by Original Author: Crystal D. Johnson, Dallas County| Adapted for Blog: Torrie Smith, Van Buren County

With green tomatoes and fresh vegetables ready to harvest soon, try this Pickled Green Tomato Relish from the So Easy to Preserve cookbook from the Cooperative Extension University of Georgia. Pickled green tomato relish is a favorite here in the South, that can be added to your favorite side of fresh peas or greens from the garden, serve with catfish (or meat of choice), you could add it to your BLT, or even try it in a quesadilla! Arkansas has a long history of food preservation and the art and science of saving food is making a comeback, especially during these days of uncertainty. Canning your own food is very economical, safe, healthier in the fact that you know what is being put in the recipe, as well as preserving quality of food at home. According to the USDA, canning homegrown food may save you half the cost of buying commercially canned food.


Pickled Green Tomato Relish

  • 10 pounds small, hard green tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup canning salt
  • 1 1/2 pounds red bell peppers
  • 1 quart water
  • 1 1/2 pounds green bell peppers
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 2 pounds onion
  • 1 quart vinegar (5%)
  • 1/3 cup prepared mustard
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

Sterilize canning jars. Wash and coarsely grate or finely chop tomatoes, peppers and onions. Dissolve salt in water and pour over vegetables in large saucepot. Heat to boiling and simmer 5 minutes. Drain vegetables and return to saucepot. Add sugar, vinegar, mustard and cornstarch. Stir relish, leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Remove air bubbles. Wipe jar rims. Adjust lids. Process 5 minutes in a boiling hot water bath.

*Makes about 8 pint jars

Recipe from: So Easy to Preserve Cooperative Extension University of Georgia


If you don’t have your own garden at home, make sure to support your local Farmer’s Market and enjoy those fresh vegetables. For more information on the best practices for food preservation recommendations check out our website

For additional information, contact your Family and Consumer Sciences Agent at your County Extension Office.