Friday, October 23, 2015

Green Tomato and Chilli Pickle

 If you optimistically planted late tomatoes like we did, it's likely you still have some green fruit lingering around in the hope of sunny days and scorching sun. Needless to say, it's not going to happen.

Instead of sacrificing the fruit to the compost, why not make a jar or two of preserve?

Dave altered a recipe* for Green Tomato Pickle and came up with this gloriously warm version. The addition of cayenne peppers is just so right. A match made in heaven.

Here is the recipe in case you're keen.

1kg Onions, finely chopped
3kg green tomatoes
180g cayenne peppers (or other chillies if you prefer, amount can be adjusted to taste)
3 tablespoons of cooking salt
3 cups of white or cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
1kg sugar
8 tablespoons of white or cider vinegar (extra)
3 scant tablespoons of curry powder
3 scant tablespoons of mustard powder

Combine onions, tomatoes and chillies in a bowl, sprinkle with salt & mix well. Cover and leave to stand overnight.

Next day, drain off fluid. Place onions and tomatoes in a large saucepan, add vinegar, pepper & sugar and bring to the boil. Boil for 1 hour, stirring often.

Mix extra vinegar with dry spices and stir into green tomato, chilli and onion mixture. Boil for 5 minutes or until thickened and well combined.

Pour into sterilised jars and seal. Eat immediately or store in a cool, dry and dark place for up to 2 years.

*original recipe is from "A year in a bottle" by Sally Wise - well worth the price of admission. I recommend getting it if you are looking to preserve more fruit and veg.


  1. Yum! If I wasn't so lazy, I'd totally make this. Rachel x

  2. Yum!! I'm a relatively new reader to your gorgeous blog so apologies if this has been covered before but I know you and your husband make your own bread. Do you use a bread maker or do you have a recipe to share

  3. Yum, indeed. I enjoy all your posts. Some are fun. Others are funny. Some are delicious (like this one). Others are encouraging. All in all, this is one of my favourite spots to visit on the internet. Congratulations on your new wee one. All three of them are lovely! I especially love what you say about "revelling in the goodness of our Creator." God is so good to us all. Well, I had it on my heart to share a gorgeous song with you from a mother in Northern Ireland. She is a famous singer/songwriter with her husband and they recently came out with this one about motherhood - Enjoy! :)

  4. My husband loves to make this with his green tomatoes! We have a few bottles now, and use it sparingly. It's our favourite.


  5. First, I love green tomato chutney, it's the best. Thanks for sharing your recipe with us. But second, i LOVE how you've labelled your jars! I have been searching for a less country-ish way to label my preserves. Very inspiring, thank you. x


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