13 Ways To Use Extra Green Tomatoes

13 Ways To Use Extra Green Tomatoes

With fall comes the glut of tomatoes that didn’t get enough time to ripen.

But they’re not wasted. Just process them or use in any of the below recipes to use available garden produce and stretch your food budget.

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The Recipes

WARNING: I suggest with any of these canning recipes that they get processed properly (water-bath or pressure) with a documented safe process. Oven-canning or paraffin is not safe enough to keep you from getting sick. See NCHFP, FoodSafety.gov, and PickYourOwn.org 


Tangy, spicy, great on turkey

Ingredients: Green tomatoes, green (Granny Smith) apple, sugar, bell pepper, onion, vinegar, lemon juice and rind, ginger, garlic, chilis, and spices.

See myrecipes.com


Simple and easy!

Ingredients: Green tomatoes, sugar

See Cook Eat Share


Tangy, slightly sweet refrigerator jam

Ingredients: Green tomatoes, honey, lemon juice & rind, ginger, clove, cinnamon

See Wonky Wonderful


This is similar to the recipe I use, but I almost never have dill or peppers available. I add white onion, black peppercorns, and sometimes crushed red pepper flakes.

I usually just quarter large green tomatoes. The kids get the cherry ones before I do.

Tastes just like a sour pickle. My kids love them!

Ingredients: Green tomatoes, salt, garlic, coriander/dill seed, jalapeño peppers

See Cultures For Health

Fried green tomatoes

Commonly found as a southern recipe, these are a great way to use green tomatoes.

It isn’t the healthiest recipe, but it sure tastes good.

I like to add a little cayenne pepper powder to the breading mix.

Ingredients: Green tomatoes, eggs, milk, cornmeal, flour, bread crumbs, salt & pepper, oil

See All Recipes


This is a canning recipe for processing into jars. The ingredients are very similar to chow-chow.

Ingredients: Green tomatoes, white & red onion, hot & sweet peppers, salt, vinegar, sugar, celery & mustard seed

See Taste of Home

Green Tomato & bacon soup

I would substitute turkey bacon in this recipe. Great on a cold winter night.

Ingredients: Green tomatoes, bacon, scallion or leeks, bay leaf, chicken broth, salt & pepper, oil

See Genius Kitchen

13 Ways To Use Extra Green TomatoesGreen tomato pie

I’ve never tried this, but it sounds like a green apple pie.

Ingredients: Green tomatoes, sugar, flour, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, lemon juice, butter, pie shells

See Cooks.com

Green tomato cake

Ingredients: Green tomatoes, butter, sugar, eggs, flour, nutmeg, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, raisins, walnuts

See food network

Salsa verde

So good on tacos and other Mexican food!

Ingredients: Green tomatoes, hot pepper, red onion, garlic, lime juice, cilantro, cumin, oregano, salt & pepper

See Ball AKA freshpreserving.com

Green tomato delight – bell peppers, celery, green onions

Chop, mix, and sauté until tender. Good paired with a nice roast and red wine.

Ingredients: Green tomatoes, bell pepper, celery, green onions, vinegar, oil

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Chow chow

Like kimchi, there are many different kinds of chow-chow recipes. Usually it’s a family recipe where leftover garden produce it chopped up and combined to keep for later use.

Ingredients: Green tomatoes, cabbage, yellow or sweet onion, bell pepper, salt, vinegar, brown sugar, mustard seed, garlic, celery seed, red pepper flakes.

See The Spruce

Spiced green tomatoes

Ingredients: Green tomatoes, onions, salt, brown sugar or honey, vinegar, mustard seed, allspice, celery seed, cloves

See Pick Your Own, there’s also a sweet pickle recipe


Use green tomatoes to make all kinds of treats and preserve them into winter.

Whether fermented, canned, made into jam or relish, chutney or chow-chow, it’s great to use the garden abundance you have to stretch that grocery budget.


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