Green Tomato Chutney

Green Tomato Chutney
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  • Total: 2 hrs 15 mins
  • Prep: 60 mins
  • Cook: 75 mins
  • Yield: 6 half-pints (96 servings)

This chutney is another excellent way to use green tomatoes. The chutney is fabulous with chicken or pork, or serve it along with just about any grilled meat. 

Chutney is good on sandwiches as a spread and a small amount can jazz up a chicken or tuna salad. Or top deviled eggs with a dab of chutney.


  • 2 1/2 pounds firm green tomatoes (about 6 cups diced)
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1 cup onion (chopped)
  • Optional: 1 sweet red bell pepper (or a few small mild or hot red chile peppers, sliced or chopped)
  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar (firmly packed)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon mixed pickling spices
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon chopped crystallized ginger

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Trim the stem and blossom ends from tomatoes and cut into 3/4-inch dice (you should have about 6 cups).

  3. Combine all ingredients in a heavy kettle; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and cook for about 1 hour, until reduced and thickened.

  4. Spoon the chutney into hot sterilized jars, leaving 1/4-inch headspace; wipe jar rims. Cover immediately with metal lids and screw on bands. Tighten, but do not over-tighten the bands.

  5. Process for 15 minutes in a boiling-water bath canning pot.

  6. Enjoy!


How you adjust the processing time with boiling water canning will depend on the altitude, and on the length of processing time called for in the recipe.

  • For altitudes of 1001 to 6,000 feet, increase processing time 20 minutes.
  • Over 6,000 feet, process for 25 minutes.

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