Green 'Mater Chow-Chow

Discussion in 'Tomatoes' started by kathrynn, Sep 24, 2013.

  1. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    This recipe is from my Mama.....and is the one that never failed to please.  Its great as a relish on peas...veggies....or meats too!

    Green Tomato Chow-Chow 

    1 gallon of cabbage

    1/2 gallon of green tomatoes

    12 onions

    6 green bell peppers

    6 red bell peppers

    3/4 to 1 cup salt

    Chop veggies, and mix well.  Put a layer of veggies in an enameled pan or a huge glass jar and sprinkle with salt.  Repeat until all veggies are used and the last layer is covered with salt.  Let stand overnight. Drain Well.

    In a separate pan put:

    1 gallon cider vinegar

    4 cups sugar

    1/2 cup ground mustard

    6 Tbs white mustard seed

    3 Tbs celery seed

    1 Tbs whole cloves (tied in a cheese cloth bag)

    Heat to boiling, add the drained veggies and cook slowly until tender (about 1/2 hour)  Pack in hot pint canning jars.  Adjust jar lids and bands.  Process in Waterbath canner (212*) for 10 minutes.

    Sorry I don't have a picture of it.  Haven't made any in years....but this is a no-fail one for sure!

  2. bkleinsmid

    bkleinsmid Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks Kat.......your timing is perfect. I have a bunch of green tom's left and was just wondering what to do with them besides frying.

  3. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    cool....and I do have one for Green Tomato Pickles too.  Mama was know for those around town when I was a little one.

    Show pics....I don't have you can add yours here.

  4. bkleinsmid

    bkleinsmid Smoking Fanatic

    I just did some pickled zucchini to use up some of them.......pickled green tom's sound great also.

    Want to share that recipe??

  5. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks Kat! Looks like it's going to freeze/snow tonight. So I best harvest all the green guys I can 😡
  6. Thanks Kat, I have loads of green tomatoes. 

    Don't forget folks living at higher altitudes need to adjust the time for the waterbath canning!!!!
  7. Thanks Kat, This one looks good. It looks like the one I was trying to find. I remember making this when I was much younger. I still have a lot of green toms, cabbage is about ready and green peppers are ready to pick. Not sure about the ground mustard part; I did a bunch of dried tomatoes this week, wanted to make tomato powder - me and them grinders just don't get along. Grinders = 2 John= 0

    Thanks again, I'll be trying it for sure.

  8. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I remember Mama using mustard seeds one year when she couldn't find the ground mustard.  You can "fiddle" with it to suit your tastes.


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