Can with me! Green Tomato Relish *Video* and Recipe

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Today I’m happy to share this complete tutorial filmed in my kitchen in Huntsville, Alabama of how to make Green Tomato Relish! If you’d like to print the recipe, see the bottom of this post.

I’m so glad you could come into my kitchen today! This tomato relish is an easy way to use up your summer produce that provides tons of flavor in each bite. 

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 What is Tomato Relish

Tomato relish is sweet and tangy and the perfect way to use up all your summer produce. Spread this relish on hot dogs, toast, crackers, and more. The possibilities are endless on how you might enjoy this relish.

 Ingredients Needed

  • Green Tomatoes
  • Red Bell Peppers
  • Onions
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Apple Cider Vinegar

How to Make

Start by washing and prepping all the vegetables as directed in the recipe card below.

Now toss the veggies into a food processor to bread them down a bit. You can also use a blender on the pulse setting if you do not own a food processor.

Add all the ingredients into a large pot on the stove and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 30-45 minutes. The mixture will become thick as it cooks.

Fill your sterile mason jars and place in a water bath for 10 minutes. Once done place on a towel lined cooling rack to allow the relish to cool, and watch for the seals to pop.

Recipe FAQs

Here are some common questions for making this green tomato relish recipe.

How to know your jars are sealed after canning?

Your lids will make a pop sound after a few minutes, or it can take up to 12 hours to seal. When you push down it should not make a popping noise.

What do I do if my jar doesn’t seal?

If your jar doesn’t seal you have two options. Place in the fridge and use soon, so it doesn’t spoil. Or remove the lid and clean to make sure there is not relish around the seal and such. Then re-do the hot water bath to repeat the process. You can do this if it has been less than 24 hours of the first hot water bath.

How to store relish?

Store your canned relish in a pantry or a cool dry place in your home. When you open a jar it will then need to be stored in the refrigerator and eaten within 1-2 weeks of being opened. I find the first few days of a jar being opened offer the best flavor.

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Green Tomato Relish

Learn how to make and can delicious old fashioned Green Tomato Relish. Goes great with so many dishes, like a big pot of beans!
Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: tomato
Servings: 4
Calories: 32kcal


  • 8-10 medium green tomatoes
  • 4 large red bell peppers
  • 3 large onions
  • 1/8 cup salt
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar


  • Wash all vegetables and remove tops from tomatoes. Remove tops and seed pods from bell peppers and peel onions.
  • Cut all vegetables into large chunks and run through a shredding blade on a food processor.
  • Place in large pot. Add all other ingredients and stir. Bring just to a boil and reduce heat to simmer 30-45 minutes, or until thick.
  • Fill approximately 12 sterile half-pint Ball brand jars and process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.


Calories: 32kcal
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  1. Your video would make anyone want to can something. It sounds so easy the way you show how it’s done.
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