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Whole Pickled Green Tomatoes

April 4, 2011 | Uncategorized | 9 comments | Author:

At the end of a weirdly unseasonal summer, we have more green tomatoes than we can count. Especially the little ones. This is definitely the easiest way i’ve discovered to make the most of them for winter and beyond – pickling them whole!

All you need is some big jars, many little green tomatoes, water, vinegar, sugar and some spices. The process is fast and it’s easy, and the result is both yummy and versatile.

It’s been a weird summer here at Milkwood. The bees didn’t like it, and neither did our tomatoes. So many green ones! And the first frosts will arrive any day now – which will mean the official end of tomato season.

Green pear tomatoes. We have many.

Ashar (poor kid) has spent all summer in the garden with me, hearing my daily refrain of “try to just pick the ripe ones, darling! Leave the green ones, they’re not ready yet!” But finally, in the lead-up to making pickles, he had the opportunity to pick to his heart’s content. Happiness is a two year old with his hands full of green tomatoes.

Ashar helps sort the yellow pear tomatoes from the green ones

Whole pickled Green Tomatoes

The amount of ingredients you need depends on the volume you’re making, so here’s what you need in ‘parts’. Figure out what your own ‘part’ is (one cup, four cups, whatever) and take it from there:

  • 2 parts raw sugar
  • 3 parts apple cider vinegar
  • 8 parts water
  • 1 part spices (I used cloves, yellow mustard seeds & coriander seeds)

Put all the ingredients in a big pot and bring to the boil. Meanwhile, sterilize your chosen jars (I put ours in the oven on low for 1/2 an hour, without their lids). Wash all your tomatoes, making sure you discard any with imperfections. Pack your little green tomatoes into your freshly sterilized jars. Squish them in a bit to make sure they’re well packed.

Green tomatoes all washed, and packed into sterilised jar
Adding the pickling mix to the jars

Take pickling mixture off the boil, and ladle the mix into your jars over tomatoes. Make sure you get all the spices into the jars. The quicker you do this part, the better. Make sure the pickling mixture fills the jars entirely.

Seal jars with clean lids and put somewhere cool for at least 4 weeks. Open, eat and enjoy.

Whole pickled green tomatoes, ready for 4 weeks pickling time, followed by a winter of eating time!

How easy is that? Not bad for a low-fi cook, like me. I will also be trying this mix with our bigger green tomatoes, but I’ll cut them into quarters or 8ths first. The above recipe would also be great with a heap of garlic cloves added to the jars, but we just planted all of ours!

Happy autumn pickling, everyone.



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  • dancingwithfrogs April 4, 2011 at 7:01 am | Reply

    Thanks for this. I’m on school holidays next week and that’s when all my heirloom tomatoes will be pulled out. They have 1 week to ripen! (I’ve already warned them.)

    Such a weird summer. Normally I’m awash with tomatoes… this year, hardly any.


  • The Invisible Cookbook April 4, 2011 at 7:02 am | Reply

    Those green tomatoes look so beautiful in their jars!! What a lovely blog and admirable lifestyle.


  • Sharon April 4, 2011 at 11:17 am | Reply

    They look great, and looks like an easy way to use the tomatoes rather than all the chopping up for chutney etc. How would you use the pickled tomatoes though? (I mean what sort of dishes – just salads or something else??) Stupid question sorry!!!


  • Maggie April 10, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Reply

    where do you source your jars for preserving? do you get them from op shops or go ahead and get from a supplier? i’m just getting into canning / preserving and trying to decide which is the best route to go. i’d rather gather them as i find them but it’s a bit hap-hazard with regard to quality and quantity. what do you guys do?


  • Marmalade take two « suburbanite farm April 26, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Reply

    […] This long weekend I pulled out all our tomatoes that were left to make room to plant the next crop – garlic.  I’ve now got around 7kg of green tomatoes that she is going to help me make into chutney over the next few days.  I’m also thinking I might pickle a few to try out Milkwood’s pickling recipe. […]


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  • Shelah September 13, 2012 at 7:12 am | Reply

    Should I seal these in a water bath. How long will they last if I don’t can them?



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