Kitchen Warehouse founder Marilyn Macaulay’s green tomato pickles has long been a treasured family secret – but a relish this tasty deserves to be made public!

Whether you make a batch for your whole family to enjoy or add a couple of jars to gift hampers, this green tomato pickles recipe is seriously good – and we should know, we’ve spent years sampling it at gatherings and special events. Now it’s your turn to get in on the goodness!



(Makes approx 4 large jars)

  • 2kg green tomatoes
  • 400g brown onions
  • 9 tbs salt
  • 900g sugar
  • 750ml cider vinegar
  • ¾ cup plain flour
  • 1 ½ tbs curry powder
  • 1 ½ tbs mustard powder
  • 1 tbs turmeric


  1. Chop the tomatoes and onions. Layer 1/3 tomatoes, 1/3 onions, 1/3 salt in a large bowl. Continue layering. Leave covered overnight.
  2. The next day, drain then pour a litre of boiling water over the mixture. Drain and repeat at least twice to remove the salt.
  3. Add 450ml of the vinegar to the tomatoes and bring to the boil. Cook for a further 10 minutes.
  4. While the tomatoes are cooking make a paste with the flour, turmeric, curry powder and mustard powder with the left over 300ml of vinegar.
  5. Add sugar to the tomatoes, stir and then turn off heat.
  6. Add the paste slowly, stirring consistently to avoid any lumps from forming.
  7. Place on a low heat for 5-10 minutes. Pour the pickles into sterilised jars and allow to cool.

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4 Replies to “Marilyn Macaulay’s Green Tomato Pickles Recipe”

  1. Is it possible to complete this recipe without using the sugar, is there an alternative?.

    1. Hi John, as this is a family recipe we’ve never tested it without sugar before but you could maybe try substituting with Stevia? It might alter the consistency of the relish though…

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