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Homemade Green Tomato Chow

Green Tomato Chow

This green tomato chow is a sweet yet slightly tangy condiment. Lovely served with many meals, it is superb served with fish cakes.
Course Condiment
Cuisine Canadian
My Island Bistro Kitchen Barbara99



  • 3 lbs green tomatoes, chopped into chunks
  • cups onions, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, sliced
  • ½ cup sweet red pepper, diced
  • Pickling salt


  • 4 cups vinegar
  • 3 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1½ - 2 tbsp pickling spice tied into a small pickling spice sachet made with cheesecloth
  • ¼ tsp tumeric
  • ¼ tsp dry mustard


Vegetable Preparation:

  1. Combine tomatoes, onions, celery, and red pepper into a large bowl. Using the ratio of ½ cup pickling salt to 4 cups cold water, cover ingredients completely with salted water. Add as much salted water as necessary to cover the vegetables. For this amount of vegetables, likely at least 1 cup pickling salt dissolved in 8 cups water will be required. Make sure the pickling salt is thoroughly dissolved in the water before pouring over vegetables. Let vegetables soak at room temperature for 7-8 hours. Drain vegetables in large colander. Rinse vegetables with cold water to remove any traces of salted water residue on vegetables. Let vegetables drip in colander for 1 to 1½ hours.


  1. Combine vinegar, sugars, and spices into a large stockpot. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Add the drained vegetables and bring to a boil. Boil for 1 to 1½ hours over medium-low heat, until vegetables are cooked, somewhat transparent, and mixture is slightly thickened.
  2. While chow mixture is cooking, start the bottle sterilization process.
  3. Remove chow from heat and discard picking spice sachet. Bottle chow while hot into hot sterilized bottles. Process filled jars in hot water bath according to canner manufacturer’s directions for the proper time for your local altitude. Cool completely. Store in cool, dark place. Let chow age for at least 2 weeks before serving.

Recipe Notes

Yield: Apx. 6 – 7 half-pint jars.