Green Tomato pickles

April 21, 2022

Makes 8 (500 ml jars)

Do you still have green tomatoes in your garden? These pickles are a great way to use them up.  Green Roma tomatoes are best for spears. Round tomato varieties are best for slices. 

Use 1 tablespoon of your favourite pickling spice mix per 500 ml jar and half a tablespoon for a 250 ml jar.


  • 4 pounds green tomatoes, cut into spears or slices
  • 4 cups white vinegar (5% acidity)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt

Pickling Spice Mix:

  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard seed
  • 2 tablespoons celery seed
  • 2 tablespoons coriander seed
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon whole allspice

Sweet Curried Pickles Variation:

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons whole allspice
  • 8 slices fresh ginger

Directions: In a small saucepan, bring all of the brine ingredients to a boil and boil for 5 minutes or until the salt is dissolved. Remove the brine from heat. Fill a hot, clean 500ml jar with 1 tablespoon pickling spice mix. Pack the jar tightly with the tomatoes.

Pour the hot brine over the tomatoes, covering them completely and leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Stick a chopstick or “bubbling” tool into the jar and move it around to release any trapped air bubbles.

Wipe the rim clean, seal with a lid and band, and process in a boiling water bath for 15 minutes. Remove the jars to a towel. Press the lid after 1 hour to check the seal. If the lid flexes the jar should be refrigerated.

Store the jar in a cool, dark place. The green tomatoes will be perfectly pickled in about two weeks.