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Green Tomato Pickles
Preparing pickle is a healthy way to enjoy green tomatoes collected at the end of season. Here are some recipes to make the best tasting green tomato pickles which you can try at home.
Tomato is an easy to grow crop that interests most gardening enthusiasts. For all tomato cultivators, what worries the most is the arrival of frost, which is very destructive to the fruits. Hence, irrespective of the fruit stages, the tomatoes are picked up from the garden and used in preparing relishes, jams, pickles, and other recipes. In case you are facing the same problem with frosting, harvest the season-end fruits and try making pickles of different flavors. I am sure you will enjoy the last garden tomatoes of the season in the best way.

Easy Pickle Recipes for Green Tomatoes

Green tomato pickle can be made sweet or spicy, as per your preferred taste. Other vegetables that complement the unripe fruit in pickles are carrot, peppers (yellow and red), red chile, and onion. You can consider using basil, mint, dill, garlic, celery seed, and mustard seed for flavoring. Serve the pickle as a side dish and it will definitely convert a plain dish into a more tasty and special meal. Whether you want to make sweet or hot pickle, the recipe ingredients and directions are given below.

Sweet Green Tomato Pickle

Ingredients
  • 6 pounds green tomatoes
  • 2 pounds onion
  • 2 pounds refined sugar
  • 3 tablespoons curry powder
  • 3 tablespoons mustard powder
  • 1 small handful salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups white vinegar
Directions for Preparation

For this green tomato recipe, clean the tomatoes and onion, and chopped them. Sprinkle salt and mix well the chopped tomato and onion in a large bowl. Then, allow the mixture to stand overnight. Next day, you can drain off the liquid and add ¾ part of vinegar. In a medium high heat, bring the tomato and vinegar mixture to boil. Continue boiling for 10 minutes and pour sugar. Stir the mixture well and boil for another 1 hour, till the tomato turns soft. In a small bowl, mix curry powder, mustard powder, pepper, and remaining vinegar. Add this to the tomato pickle and stir well to combine the mixture. Reduce flame and simmer for about 5 - 7 minutes. Allow the pickle to cool down before transferring it into an airtight container.

Spicy Green Tomato Pickle

Ingredients
  • 4 medium green tomatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 3 jalapeno peppers
  • 1 teaspoon canning salt
  • 2 cups vinegar
  • 1 cup water
Directions for Preparation

Prior to making the pickle, set up quarter size, wide-mouth jars with tight lids. In a large bowl, cut tomatoes in four equal parts and keep aside. By the meantime, boil 2 parts of vinegar and 1 part water in a saucepan. Add 2 cloves garlic and 2 - 3 jalapeno peppers in each of the jars. Then, add quartered green tomatoes in equal amounts and sprinkle 1 teaspoon salt in each jar. Once, you add all these pickle ingredients, pour boiling vinegar and water solution to the jars. Put the lids on, shake, and preserve for one month in the refrigerator to get a rich flavored green tomato pickle.

Refrigerator Green Tomato Pickle

Ingredients
  • 5 green tomatoes
  • 3 onions
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 3 small hot peppers (seeded)
  • 2 sweet red peppers
  • 3 small dill heads
  • 4 large carrots
  • 3 teaspoons mixed pickling spices
  • Hot pepper flakes
  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 5 cups water
Directions for Preparation

In order to prepare this refrigerator green tomato pickle, you will need a large mixing bowl and 3 airtight jars. First of all, wash all the vegetables (excluding onion and garlic) and allow them to dry. You can core the green tomatoes and cut each of them into six wedges. Cut the hot peppers into two halves, sweet red peppers into slices, and carrots into thin strips (1 ½ inch length). Then, peel and quarter garlic cloves. Same way, prepare the onions into thin slices. In three jars, separate the cut vegetables, onions, and garlic equally. Add 1 dill head and 1 teaspoon pickling spices in each of the three jars. Boil water and vinegar and divide into three parts. Pour one part of the boiling vinegar and water in each of the jars containing green tomato mixture. Close the lids, shake well, and refrigerate the pickle. It taste best if consumed after 2 weeks of refrigeration.

With the option of making relish and pickle, you don't have to worry about ripening the young fruits or throwing them away (which we usually do). So, try the above mentioned pickle recipes and enjoy the several health benefits of green tomatoes all the yearlong.