Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Grandmothers Chow Chow

When my family would set the table for a meal, someone would always say don't forget the Chow Chow. We had Chow Chow on the table for breakfast, lunch and dinner, although we called it supper. We still make our own Chow Chow every summer using my Grandmothers recipe. We usually make enough to last us through the winter and to give as gifts through the year.

Grandmothers Chow Chow



Grandmothers Chow Chow
Miz Helen's Kitchen
Makes 12 Pints
1 Gallon Green Tomatoes
6 medium yellow onions
1 large Cabbage Head
4 Green Bell Peppers, seeded
2 Red Bell Peppers, seeded
2 Jalapeno, seeded (optional)
1 Quart White Vinegar
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground cloves
2 tablespoons cinnamon
2 teaspoon all spice
Method
Chop the cabbage in a medium chop
In the food processor chop the tomatoes, onions and peppers in a fine chop.
In a very large pan, add the cabbage, tomatoes onions and peppers, vinegar, sugar and all the spice, mix well.
Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium. Cook the mixture until the cabbage is reduced and soft, the tomatoes will change colors and the onions will be clear. It will need to cook between 20 and 30 minutes depending on your stove. 
Set the mixture off the heat and adjust the spice to taste
Pack the mixture in clean sterile jars and seal
Process in a hot water bath for 10 minutes
Remove from the hot water bath and set aside to cool  until all the jars have sealed, listen for the ping.
Recipe Note
In the original recipe, it called for grinding the tomatoes, peppers and onions. My Grandmother had one of those Hand Grinders that you hang on the side of the cabinet. I still have her Hand Grinder but prefer to use the adaption of the food processor.
Print Recipe

 My Grandmothers Hand Grinder On My Antique Kitchen Cabinet

Enjoy your Chow Chow, it is so good!


There Is Always A Little Bite Left To Take To The Table

I just loved making Chow Chow with you today, it is always more fun to cook with a friend. Your visits are very important to me and hope you will come back soon! Don't forget your jar's of Chow Chow when you leave.
Peace and Joy

28 comments:

  1. Chow Chow is a familiar dish here in Lancaster County. What a great accompaniment to a meal! I love that your are making a recipe that has been a part of your families heritage!

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  2. It's the 1st time I hear the name "Chow Chow" but looking at the recipe I'm quite sure my Grandma and then my Mom used to make something very similar when I was a kid :):)

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  3. You sure there is always leftovers?

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  4. What a lovely Chow Chow .... I'd have to use a food processor too, Miz Helen!

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  5. My Grandmother had one of those hand grinders too. I remember well chow chow time. :)

    Barb in Arlington

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  6. Oh, I have been looking for a chow chow to can! Yum! I am pinning this!

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  7. Thid does take me back. I will have to put it on my list of things to do. Cheers

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  8. Sounds mighty good, Miz Helen!

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  9. I've never had chow chow, it looks delicious! My grandma had a hand grinder, too!

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  10. This takes me back. One grandma made Chow Chow the other made Chili Sauce. Either way, it was great food and every time I make their recipes or eat the food, I remember them! Every blessing, Kelly

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  11. Looks interesting and what great memories:) Can you share a couple ways to use the chow chow, what did you do with it specifically?

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    1. Hi Stella,
      Great question. We use the Chow Chow on top of Pinto Beans, Black Eyed or Purple Hull Peas, on Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, and anywhere you would use a relish. It is like a green tomato, cabbage relish, that is pickled, and very good.You can mix Chow Chow with anything and make it better. Hope you enjoy the Chow Chow!
      Miz Helen

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  12. YUM! Nothing like some Chow Chow on a bowl of beans! I remember grinding up the vegetables with my grandmother too. Your jars are beautiful as well.

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  13. Very glad to see your recipe for chow-chow. It seems similar to my grandmother's, ingredients wise, and not very sweet. I think my grandmother would grind her veg, then add salt and hang them in a jelly bag or strainer to drain off some of the liquid for a bit. I am ready to try this now!

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  14. Hi Miz Helen! Thank you for sharing the chow-chow recipe! It sounds delicious! I love chow-chow and the store bought is just not the same! Blessings from Bama!

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  15. I saw a ChowChow recipe in a southern vintage cookbook recently & was intrigued. It looks delicious & I Love green tomatoes. Thanks for sharing. Visiting from Freedom Friday :)

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  16. Thank you for this recipe. As I told you before, my mother and grandmother would always make this. I loved chow chow but have not had it for years and years. I am pinning this because as soon as fall hits and I have to pick my green tomatoes I am making it.
    Thank you for sharing at Freedom Fridays.
    Have an amazing day.

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  17. I have always heard of Chow Chow, but never really knew what it is. This sounds delicious! I've printed and put in my must try pile. Thanks so much for being so faithful to the Weekend Potluck, we love your recipes each week. Have a great week!
    ~Kim

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  18. Your Chow Chow sounds scrumptious! I can understand why it would be on the table for breakfast lunch and dinner that is for sure! Thank you for sharing this delicious family recipe with us at the Hearth and Soul hop, Miz Helen.

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  19. My grandmother had a hand grinder's too. She made sausage with it. My mother's mom made an Italian version of your Chow Chow it had garlic and eggplant and Italian seasoning but the rest of the ingredients are the same. What do you eat Chow Chow with? Are there certain things you put it on more than others?

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  20. This sounds great, I always love family recipes! I've bookmarked it hoping my sons might have some left over green tomatoes:@)

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  21. Just reading the words chow chow reminds me of my mother who was pretty good at making it as well. I have not continued the tradition as much as I liked hers.

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  22. Miz Helen, I have a grinder and antique hoosier almost exactly like the those in your picture. Your chow chow recipe looks wonderful! I will be featuring it in my highlights on the H&S Hop this week.

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  23. I look forward to your recipes every week. They are always great reminders of the past. Thanks for linking to Foodtastic Friday Miz Helen!!!

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  24. Love these old family recipes! I have my mother in law's hand grinder that came from her mother, but I also elect to use the food processor! You are featured this week on Busy Monday at A Pinch of Joy! I hope you will stop by and grab a Featured Button from the Button Box on the sidebar this afternoon. Pinned. Can’t wait to see what else you’ve cooked up!

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  25. This sounds heavenly. Like Charlene said, I love old family recipes.

    Thank you Miz Helen for stopping by and sharing this at the Carnival of Home Preserving! Hope you can stop back by tomorrow for the next edition, if not, I pray you have a wonderful weekend. Blessings, Laura

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Miz Helen

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