Found Recipe: Mother’s Green Tomato Pickles

Mother's Green Tomato Pickles

This green tomato pickle recipe can feed a football team, and I bet you would have leftovers. I found it on the inside cover of a general store ledger from the 1920s. Was it meant for some kind of commercial use? I found the ledger in Marshall Texas at an estate sale so if you are in Marshall, and know “Mother” please send us a message!

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Mother’s Green Tomato Pickles

Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Green tomato, Pickles


  • 1 Peck Green Tomatoes
  • 1 Dozen White Onions
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 Oz Mustard
  • 1/2 Oz Black Pepper
  • 1 Oz Whole Cloves
  • 3 Oz White Mustard Seeds
  • 1 Gallon Vinegar


  • Alternate layers of tomatoes, onions, and cloves/black pepper
  • Mix vinegar with mustard and white mustard seeds
  • Cover the tomatoes, onions, and spices with the vinegar
  • Boil for 20 minutes


This recipe was found on the inside cover of a general store ledger.  The ledger is dated 1928.  

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