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Old Fashioned Green Tomato Chutney


This old fashioned green tomato chutney (relish) is the perfect use for unripe tomatoes at the end of the season. It is glossy, beautifully sweet and savoury and has such a robust flavour. Perfect for biscuits, cheese, sandwiches and cold meats. It is also really good in burgers and steak sandwiches!


This old fashioned green tomato chutney comes from such a special recipe. It was shared with me by my husband’s beautiful aunty Carolyn, handed down from her mother. The recipe is at least 60 years old, possibly even older. I knew this as soon as I received it- written in beautiful handwriting and with the (Australian) measurements still in pounds and ounces! The taste has definitely stood the test of time and I feel so honoured to be sharing it here.




It also makes a lovely homemade hamper gift. You can use pretty, old jam jars and store the chutney in your pantry for up to 2 years.


Sterilising Jars


You can sterilise any old jar, as long as the seals in the lid are intact. Sterilising is important if you want your chutney to last and not be contaminated. It can be done with a sterilising solution, such as Milton’s, or in the oven.


To sterilise your jars in the oven, simply clean them with warm, soapy water and place them on a rack in the oven. Heat at 120C° for 20 minutes. Carefully remove the jars from the oven and add the chutney.


To seal the lids, place the mixture (chutney, jam, curd, etc) into the jars whilst still hot. Close the lids and turn the jars upside down to seal. The lids will seal during this process. Store in a cool place in your pantry for up to two years. Once opened, store in the fridge for up to four weeks.



Old Fashioned Green Tomato Chutney

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Serves: Makes 4 x 260g jars Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Rating: 3.4/5
( 21 voted )


  • 1.35kg green (unripe) tomatoes, chopped
  • 900g onions (approx 2 large), sliced
  • 2 tbs salt
  • 680g sugar
  • 95ml Ezy sauce
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp cornflour
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric


In a large mixing bowl, add the tomatoes, onions and salt and stir together. Cover and set aside for 12 hours, overnight if possible.




Add the tomato mix (including liquid) to a large pot. Bring to the boil over low heat. When boiling, add the sugar and Ezy sauce. Simmer at low heat, uncovered for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.


Remove from heat and stir the relish mix into a chunky paste. Add the mustard powder, curry powder, cornflour and turmeric. Stir and return to a low heat for a further ten minutes.


Add to sterilised jars and seal (see instructions above). Enjoy!



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Danielle April 13, 2020 - 11:40 pm

Hi- I live in NZ and have not heard of “Ezy Sauce” – what is it please…?

TheCookingCollective April 14, 2020 - 4:34 am

Hi Danielle! Thank you, I will update my recipe to reflect this information. Ezy sauce is a sauce with concentrated spices that is used to add to homemade sauces, chutneys and relishes. If you can’t get ezy sauce in your supermarket (it would be worth an ask!), my friend has suggested that the following would be a suitable substitute. If you can get some, EZY sauce is the best option as it is already made and ready to go.

This was the suggestion:

15g/ 1/2oz mace
15g/ 1/2oz cloves
15g/ 1/2oz allspice
7g/ 1/4oz chillies
15g/ 1/2oz pepper
30g/1oz ginger

And mix with some vinegar until it is a sauce consistency. I hope that helps! Andrea.

Peter April 28, 2020 - 4:13 am

A fantastic recipe.

Andrea have you tried it with ripe tomatoes?

Peter. Kingston SE, SA

Andrea Geddes April 29, 2020 - 2:33 am

Thank you Peter! No, I haven’t tried using ripe tomatoes, I use it for my green ones at the end of the season! If you do try it that way, let me know how it goes!

Chris May 4, 2020 - 9:01 am

Hi Andrea. Looks great but I noticed there is no vinegar used. Isn’t vinegar nesessary to make it stable from infections.

Andrea Geddes May 10, 2020 - 6:43 am

Hi Chris. The ezy sauce is a concentrated acid solution which covers that. See the comments for an alternative to easy sauce (which includes vinegar) if you can’t source ezy sauce. Thanks for commenting!


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