Recipe for Pickled Green Cherry Tomatoes for Canning

Green Pickled Cherry tomatoes

This easy recipe for pickled green cherry tomatoes is a great way to use those end of the season cherry tomatoes from your garden that don’t have time to ripen before the first frost.

You can enjoy their fresh flavor during the long winter months. Pickling is a great way to preserve the leftover unripe cherry tomatoes and have them to add to salad, sandwich, pasta, or charcuterie boards.

They can be stored long-term by pickling in mason jars. For this canning recipe, the green cherry tomatoes are stored in a pickling liquid. The tiny green tomatoes look so pretty when preserved in jars.  They make beautiful gifts also.

I had a bumper crop of cherry tomatoes this year and I did not even intentionally plant cherry tomatoes! A pack of tomato plants I purchased must have been mismarked.

Cherry tomatoes from my garden
Cherry tomatoes from my garden

Ingredients for Pickled Green Cherry Tomatoes

  • 3 pints Green Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup White Vinegar
  • 1/2 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1 Teaspoon Canning Salt
  • 3 Cloves Garlic: 1 per jar
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Dill Seed (Optional): I used 1/2 tsp per jar. Different herbs can also be used, such as fresh dill, red pepper flakes, mustard seeds, celery seeds, black peppercorns, bay leaves, etc.
  • Note: The measurements can be adjusted dependent on how many pints of green cherry tomatoes you wish to pickle.

Easy Steps for Preparing Pickled Green Cherry Tomatoes

First, rinse the green cherry tomatoes and remove the stems.

Rinsing the green cherry tomatoes
Rinsing the green cherry tomatoes

Poke a toothpick through each green cherry tomato. This helps the skin from cracking and lets the flavor get into the tomato.

Poking green cherry tomato with a toothpick
Poking green cherry tomato with a toothpick

Add a peeled clove of garlic and dill seed to each pint jar. Using quart jars for the pickled green cherry tomatoes would be a good option, also.

Jar with spices for pickled green cherry tomato recipe for canning
Jars with garlic and dill added

Add the green cherry tomatoes to the jars. Leave 1/4 inch headspace.

Pint jars with green cherry tomatoes added for pickled green cherry tomatoes
green cherry tomatoes in jars

Make the pickling brine by adding the vinegar, water and salt to a large pot.

Adding salt to the brine
Adding salt to the brine

Heat the brine on medium-high heat to boiling and add the hot brine to the jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace.

Adding hot pickling brine to jars of green cherry tomatoes
Adding hot pickling brine to the green cherry tomatoes

Wipe the rim of the jar, remove the air bubbles and place lids and add screw bands. 

Removing air bubbles from green cherry tomatoes
Removing air bubbles
Jars of pickled green cherry tomatoes

Add the filled jars to the boiling water bath and process jars at a full rolling boil for 10 minutes.

I use the Ball electric water bath canner for water bath canning and love it.  Tomatoes are a high-acid food, therefore are canned using the water bath method.

Jars of pickled green cherry tomatoes in the water bath canner
Jars in the water bath canner

Remove the hot jars from the hot water after the processing time with a jar lifter and place the canning jars on a kitchen towel on the counter. Do not disturb for 24 hours.

Removing hot jars of pickled green cherry tomatoes with a jar lifter
Removing hot jars of pickled green cherry tomatoes with a jar lifter
Green Pickled Cherry tomatoes

Enjoy

Enjoy the flavorful pickled green cherry tomatoes all winter long with this easy pickled green cherry tomatoes recipe. Have them in salads, pasta, on a sandwich or hot dogs, or as a snack. Plus they will make beautiful Christmas gifts!

Jar of pickled green cherry tomatoes

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Green Pickled Cherry tomatoes

Pickled Green Cherry Tomato Recipe for Canning

Yield: 3 pints
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

This easy recipe for pickled green cherry tomatoes is a great way to use those end of the season cherry tomatoes from your garden that don't have time to ripen before the first frost.

You can enjoy their fresh flavor during the long winter months. Pickling is a great way to preserve the leftover unripe cherry tomatoes and have them to add to salad, sandwich, pasta, or charcuterie boards.

Ingredients

  • 3 pints Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup White Vinegar
  • 1/2 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1 Teaspoon Canning Salt
  • 3 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Dill Seed (Optional)

Instructions

    1. Rinse the green cherry tomatoes and remove the stems.

    2. Poke a hole through each tomato with a toothpick or skewer.

    3. Add a clove of garlic and 1/2 tsp dill to each jar.

    4. Add the green cherry tomatoes to the jars, keeping 1/4 inch headspace.

    5. Make the pickling brine by adding the vinegars, water, and salt to a large saucepan.

    6. Heat to a boil.

    7. Add the brine to the jars, keeping 1/4 inch headspace.

    8. Wipe rims, remove air bubbles, and add lids.

    9. Place the jars in a water bath canner and process at a rolling boil for 10 minutes for pints, 15 minutes for quarts.

    1o. Remove the hot jars with a jar lifter and set them on the counter. Do not disturb for 24 hours.

Notes

  • Different herbs can also be used, such as fresh dill, red pepper flakes, mustard seeds, celery seeds, black peppercorns, bay leaves, etc.
  • The measurements can be adjusted depending on how many pints of green cherry tomatoes you wish to pickle.

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