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How to Pickle Green Tomatoes

Do you love tomatoes and just can't imagine letting any go to waste? If you have had a productive year growing tomatoes the end of the season can feel a little depressing once you realize that those green tomatoes growing on the vine and getting larger, while the summer days are getting shorter. And there isn't much of a chance of them ripening before it's too late. So what do you do? Of course, fried green tomatoes are a must, but I'm here to tell you about the goodness of pickled green tomatoes.

Pickled Green Tomatoes, How to pickle green tomatoes

Pickled Green Tomatoes Recipe

2-3 pounds of green tomatoes
2 garlic cloves
1 jalapeno pepper, sliced
2 cups of water
2 cups apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons of kosher salt
2 tablespoons of brown sugar
4 tablespoons of bourbon (optional)
1 tablespoon of whole black peppercorns
2 star anise seed pods
1 1/2 tablespoons of turmeric
1/4 teaspoon of fennel seeds

Take your green tomatoes and quarter them. To make things easier, I used a quart-sized canning jar for the pickling process, but you can split them into medium sized jars if needed. Next add your two sliced garlic cloves, sliced jalapeno pepper, fennel seeds, and four tablespoons of bourbon.

In your saucepan, combine the water, apple cider vinegar, kosher salt, whole black peppercorns, star anise seed pods, and turmeric. Bring to a simmer until all of the sugar is dissolved and remove from from heat. Pour your brine into the jar with the green tomatoes.

Let cool, close lid and place in the fridge for at least three days to allow the tomatoes to fully pickle. They will keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Serve with cheeses, cold cuts, in salads, or just enjoy a tasty, crunchy, pickled tomato.

Do you often have green tomatoes at the end of the season, or do all of your ripen during summer?


  1. Sounds like a great use of those last green tomatoes. Sadly, i went ahead and pulled up our vines yesterday without waiting for green tomato season. This was absolutely the worst year ever for tomatoes. They were rotting on the vine before they were fully ripe - what's that about? I think we just got too much rain when it came, and not often enough. Even with supplementary water, i couldn't seem to keep it evened out. Oh well, there's always next year!

    1. Webb, like most, I love fried green tomatoes, but pickling green tomatoes is a pretty good alternative. Sorry to hear about your bad tomato year!

  2. Coming from a coastal part of Nova Scotia, the land of green tomatoes (that summer-long ocean fog seriously slows down our heat-loving crops), green tomato chow and green tomato mincemeat are absolute favourites and show up in many, many church cookbooks. They both require more cooking and prep than your recipe, though, so I’m looking forward to attempting a jar!

  3. wow nice recipe of green tomato pickle..

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  4. Pickled Green Tomato Relish ( a staple at our house, but I've never tried green tomato pickles. Thanks for the idea and recipe.

  5. Very interesting, I am now getting ready to winterize my garden, and looking at all the tomatoes I have that haven't turned yet. Now I just read your article Mr. Brown thumb and feel so much better. And reading onecrazysandra I now have 2 recipes. Thank you guys you just made my day.

  6. So awesome. Thanks for your sharing. It is very cool in summer haha

  7. Thanks for your post. I've never pickled tomatoes, I may have to try it.

  8. I never tried pickled green tomatoes. Do their taste resemble regular pickles??

  9. That bourbon must give some extra flavour to it. Would you add it to other kinds of pickles too?

  10. I'm a huge fan of pickled anything. I want to try making pickled tomatoes! I can't wait until fresh tomatoes start sprouting up in my yard this year. Yum.

  11. I like green tomatoes and this is something new for me. I will try making this - will this recipe work with other veges as well?

  12. Im thinking about having my own garden to grow fresh tomatoes to do all types of recepies with organic tomatoes.

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  14. Wow, I didn't know you can pickle green tomatoes.We'll try this.
    Thanks for sharing.



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