Making Dilled Green Tomatoes

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Dilled Green Tomatoes are a great way to use up those end of season ‘maters that just won’t turn red and a good introduction to food preservation.  These are among the easiest things I have ever canned up and I can recommend trying this recipe to anyone looking to get into food preservation. This recipe is from the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving , I can’t say enough about this book and if you don’t have it already get it.

Dilled Green Tomatoes

The Ingredients

  • Green tomatoes (halved, quartered, or whole cherry tomatoes)
  • Dill Heads (enough for 5-6 heads per pint)
  • Garlic (1 clove per pint)
  • Bay Leaves (1 per pint)
  • 3 1/2 C. Water
  • 3 1/2 C. White Vinegar (5% strength)
  • 1/4 C. Pickling Salt

The Process

  1. Pour the water, vinegar, and salt into a 3qt sauce pan and bring to a boil
  2. Sterilize the jars
  3. Into the sterilized jars put a clove of garlic, 5 0r 6 dill heads, a bay leaf, and tomatoes. Fill the jars leaving a 1/2″ of headspace.
  4. Ladle the hot brine into the jars still leaving 1/2″ of headspace. Use the back of a wooden spoon to tamp out any bubbles. Wipe the rims with a clean towel.
  5. Put on the lids and hand tighten the bands.
  6. Process the pints for 15 minutes. At the end of the 15 minutes turn off the heat and remove the cover, let them sit another 5 minutes in the hot water.


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The Wrap-Up

These were super easy to make. As always I recommend referring back to a tried and true published recipe as canning is a safe way to preserve food but it isn’t a place to freelance it! The hardest part of this recipe is going to be waiting the 3 weeks to give them a try!


Dilled Green Tomatoes on Punk Domestics


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  1. Deb says

    Can’t eat salt, although you’re recipe looks delish, what would you do to replace the salt?
    More vinegar? How much? Any suggestions?

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