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Chow Chow, its just not a breed of dog!

Discussion in 'Canning & Storage' started by dirtsailor2003, Oct 16, 2013.

  1. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Well I used up a few more green tomatoes last night, made Chow Chow, hope we like it. I varied from the recipe a bit and added chopped celery and some Thai chiles.
    Chow Chow!!!!​
    I made a double batch, here is the recipe that I started with:


    • 5 cups coarsely chopped green tomatoes (about 5 tomatoes)
    • 5 cups coarsely chopped cabbage (about 1 1/2 pounds cabbage)
    • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped yellow onion or sweet onion
    • 2 cups coarsely chopped bell pepper, at least 1 red for color (about 4 peppers)
    • 1/3 cup kosher salt or pickling salt
    • 2 1/2 cups cider vinegar
    • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
    • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard seeds
    • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
    • 1 teaspoon celery seed
    • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste, optional


    Combine the chopped vegetables in a large nonreactive kettle or bowl. Add the salt and stir to combine thoroughly. Cover and let stand for 4 hours or refrigerate overnight.

    Prepare the canner and jars. Add water to a canner with rack and heat to a boil; reduce heat and keep at a simmer. The water should be high enough to be at least 1 inch above the filled jars. I usually fill it about halfway and I keep a kettle or saucepan of water boiling on another burner to add to the canner as needed. Wash jars thoroughly and heat water in a small saucepan; put the lids in the saucepan and bring almost to the boil; lower heat to very low to keep the lids hot.

    Drain the vegetables and rinse thoroughly.

    In a large nonreactive kettle, bring the vinegar, brown sugar, and seeds and spices to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and continue simmering for 5 minutes. Add the drained vegetables and bring back to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 10 minutes.

    With a slotted spoon, pack the vegetables into prepared jars. Cover vegetables with the pickling liquid, leaving about 1/4-inch headspace.

    With a clean dampened cloth, wipe the rims of the jars. Place the flat lids on the jars then close caps with screw-on rings tightly, but do not over-tighten. Arrange the filled jars in the canner and add more water, as needed, to be at least 1 inch above the jars. Bring to a full boil. Cover and continue boiling for 10 minutes. Remove the relish to a rack to cool completely.

    Check for seals (the middle of the caps should have made a popping sound while cooling and will stay depressed.
    Makes about 4 pints.
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2013
  2. kathrynn

    kathrynn Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member

    There ya go!  You did make some!  good for you! Looks wonderful!

  3. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Pretty sweet looking....nice batch of canned goodies. I hate wasting food myself, like you, but I'm amazed about the amount of labor that goes into such an endeavor to make use of green tomatoes or other veggies......Willie
  4. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Thanks Willie! Canning is labor intensive! But like you said I hate wasting. Smelled pretty good, so I hope that it tasted good too! We'll give it a go on some burgers in a week or two.
  5. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Thanks Kat, can't wait to give it a try!
  6. kathrynn

    kathrynn Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Let it sit for a while...the longer the better!

  7. Hey, Kat    is that your recipe for Chow Chow ?    Looks great, my wife put up some this year and turned out really good, not as much color as yours. I copied the recipe so next batch we can give it a try.

  8. disco

    disco Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That looks great. I love home preserves.

  9. Besides the Chow Chow she put up Tomatoes, Bread & Butter pickles, Jalapeno Peppers, Peppers with carrots, onions & Cauliflower,  Corn, Green beans, Peach, Raspberry, Plum and Blackberry preserves  Kind of got on a canning kick. Anyway stocked up for the winter and family and friends sure enjoy them too.

  10. doc hickory

    doc hickory Newbie

    My grandma used to send me chow-chow she homemade, and I loved it. I think chow-chow is the best thing ever to happen to a bowl of pinto beans. Alongside some corn muffins, that's down home good eatin'!
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