Green Tomato Chutney

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Sweet and vinegary green tomato chutney relish made with unripe tomatoes.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

The tomato season is winding down around here as the days grow shorter. Our tomato plants are loaded with green, unripe tomatoes.

Some may still get enough sunlight and warmth to turn red, but I’m thinking most will not.

If you have garden tomatoes, I would love to hear what you do with the end-of-season green ones.

Green Tomatoes

My mother picks them and lets them ripen indoors. I like making fried green tomatoes, and I may yet try to make a mock apple pie made with green tomatoes. Other ideas?

Green Tomatoes

This chutney is one way to make excellent use of them. We love chutney with baked chicken or pork chops. The chutney would work as a relish for hot dogs, a side for crab cakes, or topping a little cream cheese on a cracker for an appetizer.

Green Tomato Chutney Recipe

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  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 1 hour
  • Yield: Makes 6 8-ounce jars, or 3 pint jars

These instructions include instructions for canning the chutney. If you plan on storing in the refrigerator and using up within a few months, you can skip the sterilization and canning steps (steps 1 and 4).

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 pounds firm green tomatoes, about 7 cups, cored and chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp chopped candied ginger
  • 1 Tbsp mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon chili pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 3 pint jars or 6 8-ounce jars for canning

Method

1 Sterilize the jars and lids: Place a steamer rack in a large (16 quart) pot, and place the jars on the rack. Fill the jars and the pot with water up to the rim of the jars.

If you don't have a rack you can place a clean dish towel at the base of the pot. You want to prevent the glass jars from touching the bottom of the pot which can get quite hot and cause the glass to crack.

Put the burner on high and heat until a rolling boil. Boil for 10 minutes. To sterilize the lids, place them in a bowl and pour boiling water over them.

2 Put all ingredients into a large pot and cook them 45 minutes: Place all of the ingredients in a medium sized (about 4 qt) thick-bottomed pot.

Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook for 45 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings.

3 Scoop chutney into jars: Remove the jars from the pot of hot water (reserving the water if you plan to can for shelf storage.). Scoop the green tomato chutney into the jars, filling them to 1/4 of an inch from the rim.

Wipe the rims with a clean wet paper towel. Place sterilized lids on the jars. Secure with canning rings.

4 Process filled jars in a water bath: Place the filled jars back in the pot of hot water. Make sure the jars are covered with an inch of water.

Bring to a boil and process for 15 minutes, or 20 minutes if you are at altitudes between 1000 and 6000 feet.

Remove the jars from the pot and place on a dish towel spread out on your counter. Allow the jars to cool completely.

The jar lids should make a popping sound as they seal. If a lid doesn't seal for some reason, store the jar in the refrigerator.

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Green Tomato Chutney

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  • Laura

    I made this blind, never having tried chutney, and didn’t know what to expect. I made it exactly to the recipe with no variation other then doubling it. I tasted it before canning and though it was strong, I proceeded to canning it. I pulled out a jar the other day when I had pork for dinner and it was amazing! (A relief on my mind, let me tell you.) We had mac and cheese yesterday and I added chutney alongside it and again, it was so very very good. I asked my husband if he wanted me to make some more and his response was positive. Yes! I can see us enjoying this throughout the winter and since I have green tomatoes going out my ears, I will have to make another large batch of this chutney. Thanks for sharing the recipe. It’s fabulous.

  • Susan Long

    Made double batch – it is delicious! Love it!

  • Debbie C

    If I’m not going to can this, should I cook it on the stove longer in order to make up for some of the cooking it gets in the canner?

  • maxim

    lidl is the one for relish, and the sweetcorn tastes great, “batts” brand.

  • Dharma

    Made a triple batch of this last night to use up a whole lot of green tomatoes. While it’s delicious, it’s a bit sweet & not enough hot for my preference despite doubling up on the red pepper flake & decreasing the sugar a little. Will adjust next time. :)
    Also, this is my first attempt at a chutney- is it supposed to set up more like the thick, spreadable mango stuff I buy at the supermarket? Mine is more like a juicy relish. Not sure if I should have cooked longer or kept more liquid out when jarring or if the 3/4c less sugar (used 3c for a triple batch) made it watery or if it’s supposed to be like this since it’s not a typical fruit.
    Will try again next year when I yank all the tomato plants up for the season, this is a keeper, thanks!

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