Green Tomato Chutney

Green Tomato Chutney

Green tpmato chutnet in a jar with a spoon and some tomatoes
I know I have been on and on about greet tomatoes, but you would not believe how many tomatoes I had this year from just six plants and how many green ones I had left just before the first frost hit. I have fried them and pickled them, so now I am going to turn the rest into Green Tomato Chutney.
Green Tomatoes in a bowl

This recipe is very easy and absolutely delicious. Using food that would otherwise have been thrown away is great for the hip pocket and the environment. Making do with what you have is a simple living idea, but it does not mean you need to miss out on anything. Here is my recipe.


  • 1.4 kg Green Tomatoes, diced 
  • Two apples, peeled, cored, and diced  
  • One large onion, peeled and diced
  • Four small chillies, diced
  • Two teaspoons of ground ginger
  • 175 ml brown vinegar (Malt)
  • 200 grams of brown sugar
  • 200 grams sultanas 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • Prepare your 250 ml jars and lids by sterilising them in boiling water for ten minutes. The sterilisation step can be skipped, and you can use washed, rinsed, hot jars and lids if you are processing for 10 minutes or more in the boiling water bath at the end of the recipe.
  • Combine all ingredients in a heavy-based pot. Bring to a boil and cook, covered for 30 minutes.
Onion, tomatoe adn brown sugar in a put
  • Then cook for another 30 minutes uncovered. The mixture will start to thicken. Stir as needed to prevent the mixture from sticking and starting to burn. The thicker it gets, the more you need to stir. 

    Ingredients for chutney cooking in a pot


  • Once the chutney is the consistency you want, use a wide-mouthed jar funnel to fill your hot 250 ml jars, leaving a two-centimetre headspace. Clean the rims of the jar to ensure you get a good clean seal and cap with your lids.

    cooked chutnet in a funneel going into a jar

    • Process your filled jars in a boiling water bath for five minutes. If you did not pre-sterilise your jars and lids, process them in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.
    • Once processed, remove the jars from the boiling water bath using your jar lifter and set aside to cool.

    That's it. I am done talking about green tomatoes and what to do with them .... till next year. I hope your family enjoys this recipe as much as my family does.

    As always, live well.




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