My gran's been making this wonderfully tangy and sweet green tomato chutney for as long as I can remember. It's fantastic as a relish in a burger or just with cheese and biscuits.

It's a brilliant way to use up unripe tomatoes if the weather (like this year) hasn't been great for them. I picked 5kg of green tomatoes from my allotment as they were starting to get blight then made two batches of this stuff. Some will be saved for Christmas presents and some will get eaten over the year.

Step 1: Ingredients


  • 2.5kg green tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 0.5kg onions, finely sliced
  • 4 tsp / 30g salt
  • 1L malt vinegar
  • 0.5kg soft light brown sugar
  • 250g sultanas, roughly chopped
  • 3 tsp / 20g ground pepper


  • Preserving pan or other large lidless pan. I prefer a 10 L stainless stock pot.
  • 7 - 10 jars with lids
  • Food wrap / cling film
  • Sticky labels
  • I find a jam funnel really useful. Especially for larger bits of tomato.

Approximate cost: 2.5 GBP per batch (if you grew the tomatoes).

Tried out this recipe for the first time today, am a complete novice at doing this type of cooking. We'll it worked out great have no worries in recommending it to all.
<p>try it with dark brown sugar its amazing</p>
<p>Curry powder is a good idea. I use a couple of teaspoonfuls (homemade) with my apple chutney.</p>
After a rubbish summer here in the Uk i was left with 6kg of green tomatoes. Unsure of what to do with them a friend suggested i made green tomato chutney. <br><br>I spent hours on the internet looking at recipes and reading the comments. As this one had the most postive comments i decided to give this recipe a go and i'm so pleased i did! <br><br>I only made 1/4 of the recipe to reduce waste in the event that the end result didnt taste as planned but i was not disappointed! I will be using the rest of my tomatoes to make these as Christmas presents and for an upcoming charity do!<br><br>Thanks ever so much!
<p>Looks like a great way to use up all the tomatoes that didn't ripen this year - thanks for such a clear and friendly recipe!</p>
<p>I was wondering if I could add some curry powder.</p>
<p>Curry powder would give it a heavy note. If you want to hot it up just add chilli powder. A small amount of garram masala powder would make it spicier</p>
<p>Used this great recipe today for the third time, very easy to follow and great results!</p><p>I have loads of green tomatoes left and was just wondering if you know whether it would be OK to freeze them and then make more chutney later, or would there be too much liquid after defrosting? (I don't think we would use it before going off I I made more now.) Thanks for sharing your gran's recipe....</p>
<p>I think it would be fine. You will defrost and salt them before making chutney anyway so that will let you get rid of most of the water.</p>
Thanks, I'll give it a go......<br>
<p>Great recipe. Used dark brown sugar and results were amazing. Thanks.</p>
<p>This is my first attempt at anything like this, i left out the sultanas and added bramley apple and a couple of cayen peppers.</p>
<p>Well done! Looks good, and a lot of people have said it's been nice with some added heat.</p>
<p>who did this recepie as 3n tsp is no where near 20g of pepper &amp; 4tsp is not 30 g of salt </p>
<p>will it taste ok without the sultanas in</p>
<p>I just opened my last jar that I made this time last year &amp; it's fine.</p><p>I have the 1st batch of salted tomatoes &amp; onions in the fridge right now, ready to be made tomorrow evening</p>
<p>This is my favourite chutney ever! Made it three times now and never fails to impress! Thanks so much for posting :) I'll post photos tonight when I've made my 4th batch.</p>
<p>I am going to try this recipe as it sounds great. Its just a shame that the web site you are using is covering all your great instructions with a lot of annoying and non relevant ads that make reading the recipe almost impossible. I do not revisit websites that use this sort of intrusive marketing.</p>
<p>I'll send you a PDF without adverts if you'd like. Or I have lots of pro memberships I won, if you'd like one you can have it.</p>
Thank you for the offer but I manged to get the recipe copied. Have tried it twice so far and plan on a third batch tomorrow. So easy and delicious.
<p>Opened a jar today that I made March last year, still tastes amazing! Got to get started on this years green tomatoes : )</p><p>Have you ever made this recipe using red tomatoes?</p>
<p>I use a different one for red tomatoes. You can find it on my profile, but I prefer the green tomato recipe.</p>
<p>Try this one..<br>Tomato Sauce</p><p>1 and a half kilos tomatoes </p><p>500 grams onions</p><p>500 grams apples</p><p>2 cloves garlic</p><p>250 grams garlic</p><p>250 grams sugar</p><p>2 level tablsp salt</p><p>Half teasp cayenne pepper</p><p>1 tblsp whole cloves </p><p>1tblsp black peppercorns</p><p>500 ml malt vinegar<br> chop tomatoes, onions and apples\par</p><p>put in large saucepan\par</p><p>add rest of ingredients\par</p><p>bring to boil then simmer gently for 2 1/2 hrs UNCOVERED\par</p><p>push mixture through a sieve\par</p><p>bottle and cover when cold...\par</p>
<p>Hi, i am busy with your recipe and very excited about my end product. I live in South Africa and not many people here even know about using green tomatoes. I guess I started planting mine late and now have my 2.5 kg needed for the recipe. Thank you for sharing. Belinda</p>
<p>You're welcome Belinda. Enjoy!</p>
<p>I am making this tomorrow. Is there anything I can use instead of the sultanas?</p>
<p style="margin-left: 20.0px;">They're not really necessary, just nice. They add a bit of sweetness I guess. You could throw in a couple of apples or some other dried fruit like apricots or raisins. I think sultana is the UK name for what the US call raisins, I'm not sure what the Australian version is though.</p>
<p>You have inspired me Miss Mouse! I am in the process of making the chutney now and was wondering what to do as I do <br>not have a pot big enough for the whole mixture as per the recipe <br>here. I think I will separate it into two pots and make two different <br>batches! One I will make according to the recipe and the other I will <br>experiment with some other spices. I have another 4Kg of tomatoes on <br>top of this to experiment with also, plus more on the vine, so maybe I <br>will make a few different varieties...</p>
<p>This recipe has shown me that I need bigger bowls and cooking pans in my kitchen :D</p>
<p>Hi There, I used your recipe to make Chutney and blogged about it. <a href="http://surewhatelsewouldibedoing.blogspot.ie/2014/11/green-tomato-chutney.html" rel="nofollow">http://surewhatelsewouldibedoing.blogspot.ie/2014/...</a> </p><p>Your instructions were really clear and the chutney turned out well. I particularly love it on toasted sandwiches. Thanks.</p>
<p>Just finished a batch! My husband is a Londoner but makes his home here in Texas. He wanted green tomato chutney with our tomatoes that we had to pick before the cold weather. I don't know green tomato chutney so we found your recipe and now have 12 half pint jars cooling. We can't get sultanas but used raisins and he seems pleased with it. I think I'm gonna be hooked&hellip;.. It's still hot but smells and tastes amazing and I'm ready to try it with some Jacobs Cream Crackers and cheese. Didn't have a problem with your instructions. Good job and tell your Gran that her Chutney has come to Texas.</p>
<p>Sooo glad that I found this recipe - it's so easy and tastes delicious. I live in France and have had an abundance of green tomatos left over. Made my first batch two weeks ago and started eating this week - amazing. Have given some to my french neighbours!! Now starting my second batch to use the last of my tomatoes; have added some diced red apple to this batch as well - here's hoping it will be as good as the original recipe!!</p>
<p>My Daughter gave me some of her green tomatoes and I followed your Grans recipe- well almost, minor adjustments added pinch cayenne pepper! Tastes good now! Just in time for Christamas ! yummy x</p>
<p>It worked really well! We also had green tomatoes which were blighted. After using them to make a green tomato soup a few times (very nice!) we decided to make the chutney and it is tasty :) It is the first time my mother and I have made something like this that gets put in jars, and it worked for us novices.</p>
First go at chutney this morning and it's easy to follow and tastes great. Don't know how ill resist to let it mature for a month :-)
<p>I am a chutney junky.... has anyone tried stirring a small spoonful through a tossed salad. Certainly helps with the diet :)</p>
<p>Im picking my green tomatoes from the garden this weekend and will try your gran's recipe. </p>
<p>I notice that in the ingredients list you ask for 20g of ground pepper yet further into the recipe it changes to 15g. I cannot see where the other 5g is added. Also, for how long do the jars stay in the oven to dry and sterilise?</p><p>Thanks</p>
<p>i made this chutney but mine tastes very vinegary can i save it or shall i throw it?</p>
<p>Hmmmm. If you're sure you used the correct ratio of ingredients it should be fine. I'd just jar it and leave it a month to mature then taste it. It might mellow out.</p>
<p>will give that a go thanks .</p>
<p>I love this chutney, completely fool proof and I've still a jar left from a year ago and is still good. Only managed to make two jars this autumn, so worth the effort..</p>
<p>I was halving the quantities, but forgot to do it for the vinegar, and added the whole lot. Is it ruined now?</p>
<p>No, it should be fine. Just boil it until it reduces to the right consistency</p>
<p>New to chutney last year, I made this recipe and another one last year and I was gutted I hadn't used all my green tomatoes on THIS recipe. It is absolutely delicious! I am making it today and can't wait to eat it in a couple of months... and my mouth is watering at the prospect :D Thank you !</p>
Have never made chutney before but wow this was a great recipe to follow, and I have 4 8oz jars plus half a jar of great looking chutney. Will make again soon.
<p>made it last year for the first time and now my brother-in -law cant get enough he has just bought another 5 kilo of tomatoes that's 20 kilo this year alone thanks for a great recipe </p>
<p>Am at the last 30 mins or so off bottling a batch of this.. My kitchen smells Amazing :) ( have already had a sneak taste and I love it already ) I adapted with the vinegar.. 1/2 white and 1/2 apple cider ( all I had in pantry ) and sugar ( only had dark brown ) also added a few sprinkles of chilli flakes.. and black pepper instead of white... All the tomatoes are home grown. Have the biggest tomato plant I have ever seen.. lol and it had way too many tomatoes on it for the fruit to survive, so plucked 2.5 kg to make the chutney ( still around 3 kg of tomatoes on the plant ) Am so looking forward to enjoying my 1st batch of home made chutney and maybe sharing a few jars.. maybe.. LOL Thank you :) :)</p>
<p>Looks fantastic! Glad you like it, gran will be please too. I'm giving a free 3 month Instructables pro code to everyone who posts photos, would you like one?</p>

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