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Nan’s Green Tomato Pickles

Nan's Green Tomato Pickles

The memories of my Nan was not really of her being  a foodie person.  Her creative talents lay with her knitting needles instead.  However one of my most favourite food memories that I associate with her is green tomato pickles.  They are a bit of a legend in our family, something coveted and devoured at a rapid rate when they are made.  Tart and slightly spicy, they are fabulous in a cheese sandwich with a  robust and sharp cheddar, with slices of ham on a plate and some salad, served with corned beef, served with eggs for breakfast or even with my Zucchini & Sweetcorn Fritters.

This batch was my first time making this recipe and whilst I was happy with it, it was not quite the same as my memories were anticipating.  One of the things I did differently is that I was using baby tomatoes because we were cooking up our crop from the garden.  It was not quite as successful, so I would definitely suggest that standard sized tomatoes are a must to get the right texture and consistency.


  • 3 kg Green Tomatoes
  • 1 kg Brown Onions
  • 1 kg White Sugar
  • 1 – 1/2 tsp Curry Powder
    mustard and curry powder
  • 2 tbl sp mustard powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • handful of table salt
  • 2 – 3L white vinegar
  • 3 tbl sp plain flour

cut tomatoes into 1/4 pieces and place in a dish.  Sprinkle half a handful of salt over the tomatoes and leave to sit.  Slice cover the onions with the other half a handful of salt.  Allow both to stand overnight (min 12 hours).

let the cooking begin

Put all the onions and tomatoes in a pan with enough vinegar to cover.  Boil for 3 minutes.  Mix the spices and flour in a small quantity of vinegar.  Then add the sugar and finally add this mix to the tomatoes and onions in the pot.  Cook for min of 2 hours.  When preserving make sure you have sterilised your jars/bottles in a hot oven.  If you add your mix to the hot jars and then put the clean lids on this will create a seal which means you don’t have to boil your jars.

the alchemy is happening here

This pickle will store very well, but I dare you to have it last long in your house once people start tasting it….  I almost had to blackmail one sister to make sure the other one got her Christmas present last year…..

Happy Cooking,



About Leah

Australian Artist, painting with Gouache and Oil Pastel on Paper. Lover of lines, curves, colour and texture. Born and bred in Melbourne, Australia, I've spent most of my adult life travelling, time living in Sweden and Adelaide and have settled in Brisbane with my little family. I'm creative by nature and find inspiration in many different corners of this world, some just under my nose, others a life time away. I blog because I love to share what I discover, and to inspire myself. You'll find my blogging about my paintings and artwork on: and about my cooking adventures on

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