Suzy's Green Tomato Relish Recipe -
Suzy's Green Tomato Relish Recipe
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Suzy's Green Tomato Relish

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"This is a recipe my mother-in-law made every fall, and the whole family loved it. Now that I make it myself, we look forward to having meals where we can use it. It's great on hot dogs and hamburgers."

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Original recipe makes 12 pints Change Servings
  • PREP

    25 mins
  • COOK

    35 mins

    13 hrs


  1. Using a food grinder, grind together the green tomatoes, red peppers, green peppers, onions, apples, and cucumbers into a large food-safe container. Mix in 1 scant cup salt, and let stand overnight.
  2. The next day, drain off the excess liquid from the ground vegetable mixture.
  3. Bring the vinegar to a boil in a large kettle or stockpot. Place the allspice, cloves, mustard, 1 tablespoon of salt, cinnamon, and turmeric into a closely-woven cloth bag, and place the bag into the hot vinegar to boil for about 15 minutes. Remove the spice bag, and stir in the sugar until dissolved. Add the ground vegetable mixture, bring back to a boil, and simmer over medium-low heat, stirring frequently to prevent burning, until the relish is soft and slightly darkened in color, about 20 minutes.
  4. Sterilize pint canning jars and lids in boiling water for at least 5 minutes. Pack the relish into the hot, sterilized jars, filling the jars to within 1/4 inch of the top. Run a knife or a thin spatula around the insides of the jars after they have been filled to remove any air bubbles. Wipe the rims of the jars with a moist paper towel to remove any food residue. Top with lids, and screw on rings.
  5. Place a rack in the bottom of a large canning kettle, and fill halfway with water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then carefully lower the jars into the pot using a holder. Leave a 2 inch space between the jars. Pour in more boiling water if necessary until the water level is at least 1 inch above the tops of the jars. Bring the water to a full boil, cover the pot, and process for 5 minutes.
  6. Remove the jars from the kettle and place onto a cloth-covered or wood surface, several inches apart, until cool. Once cool, press the top of each lid with a finger, ensuring that the seal is tight (lid does not move up or down at all). Store in a cool, dark area.
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  • Editor's Note
  • Processing time of 5 minutes for sea level; add more time for higher elevations. For more about canning, read Allrecipes' article on Canning and Preserving.

Reviews More Reviews

Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 28, 2009

Great recipe but I got nearly double the amount of jars.. more like 20 pint jars. I might cut back a bit on the sugar next time, but it is very tasty.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 24, 2011

WAY TOO MUCH SALT!!!! I rinsed and rinsed and soaked and rinsed and squeezed to get out some of the salt!!!! Most recipes this size call for 4 or 5 tablespoons of salt, not a cup. One tablespoon of relish, following the recipe, would contain as much salt as a human needs in a day. Also, this is an awful lot of vinegar. The quantity and mix of vegies is perfect, but it needs to be modified to be edible.


10 Ratings

Sep 24, 2010

Made this recipe today. Would never know when tasting that this recipe was made with green tomatoes. Very tasty with a little zip.

Nov 07, 2011

I wasn't sure about this recipe, as I have no experience making relish. So I was delightfully surprised when it was easy to follow and tasty! I found the majority of the salt went down the drain with the excess water, I notices one user was afraid of all the salt use, however the salt draws the excess liquid out. I too like another user, used less sugar. The calculation for 130 servings made exactly 7 and 1/2 pints and calls for 4 and 3/4 cups of sugar, so I reduced it to 3 cups. The relish is so amazing!!! Zesty, delicious and the majority of it came from our own garden. Thank you Suzy!!! Its a keeper for future green tomatoes that don't turn by mid-fall.

Oct 15, 2011

This is the second year I have made this relish using the last of the tomatoes we grow in the greenhouse. This year I had seven pounds of green tomatoes and found that this recipe scales down very easy. It is tasty, sweet and compliments the food its used on. Thank you.

Jun 24, 2014

we forgot to drain the salt water and it is toooo salty .

Sep 22, 2012

This was my first attempt at a green tomato relish. The mix of spices is fantastic! I will now look forward to my extra green tomatoes each year!


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  • Calories
  • 47 kcal
  • 2%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 11.8 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Fiber
  • 0.5 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 0.4 g
  • < 1%
  • Sodium
  • 498 mg
  • 20%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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