Green tomato relish


  • Prep Time40 mins
  • Total Time40 mins
  • Makes12 cups (3 L)
*PLUS Cooking time: 120 minutes
Green tomato relish

This is a good way to use up those tomatoes that stay green and just won't ripen. A spoonful livens up burgers, hot dogs, cooked chicken or fish. It makes a big batch so you can tuck some away in the freezer.


  • 2 cups white vinegar

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 2 cup brown sugar

  • 2 tsp cinnamon

  • 2 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp dry mustard

  • 1 tsp celery seed

  • 1 tsp allspice

  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves

  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

  • 12 green or red tomatoes

  • 2 onions

  • 4 green bell peppers

  • 4 apples


  • In a large saucepan, stir vinegar with granulated and brown sugars and seasonings. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring often, until sugars are dissolved.

  • Bring another large saucepan of water to a boil over high heat. To remove tomato skins, slice an X in the bottom of each. Add a few at a time to boiling water. Boil about 30 seconds. Using a slotted spoon, remove to a large bowl of cold water. Slip off skins and discard. Slice tomatoes in half. Scoop out and discard seeds.

  • Coarsely chop tomatoes. Stir tomatoes and any juice into vinegar mixture. Reduce heat to medium and simmer, uncovered, while preparing remaining ingredients.

  • Finely chop onions and peppers, then stir in. Peel, then finely chop apples. Stir into mixture. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until mixture is as thick as you like, about 2 hours. Stir often near end of cooking to prevent sticking or scorching on bottom. Outstanding as a burger or hot dog topper, or spoon over grilled chicken or fish. Cover and refrigerate up to 1 week or freeze up to 3 months.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories 69, Protein 0.5g, Carbohydrates 17.6g, Fat 0.2g, Fibre 0.8g, Sodium 103mg.