Saturday, July 24, 2010

Chow Chow Relish

   I see by my garden and by the seasonal foods list that it is time to start canning and preserving for the winter pantry.  If you don't have a garden never fear there is a farmer's market near by I'm sure.  You can find local food by checking out this site.  If you don't have a pantry start one, it comes in real handy in times of bad weather or bad health, like being sick of going to the store.  This is a recipe for Chow-Chow relish we would spread it to sandwiches.

Chow Chow Relish


½ cup Salt
4 cups Green Tomatoes (ground)
4 cups Onion (ground) –2 extra large
4 cups Cabbage (ground)  -- 1 + lbs.
4 only Sweet Peppers (ground)
2 only Red Sweet Peppers (ground)
8 Little Hot peppers (ground)

2 Tbsp Mustard Seed
4-6 cups Sugar
4 cups Cider Vinegar (1 quart)
2 cups Water
1 ½ tsp Tumeric

   Drain ground cabbage, onions, green tomatoes, and peppers.  Sprinkle with ½ cup salt.  Let stand overnight.
   Next morning, rinse mixture in cheese cloth lined colander under running water.
(Important step do not skip)
   Mix spices, sugar, vinegar, and water with vegetables.  Place in large sauce pan and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer 3 minutes.
      Seal in clean jars.  Using hot water-bath method, place filled jars in boiling water (make sure you have a inch over the tops).  Process in boiling water for 5 minutes.  (Over 1000 ft altitude process for 10 to 15 min.)
   Remove jars from water sit them in draft free area to cool overnight.  Jars will keep in dark place for 12 to 18 months.  Remember to refrigerate after opening.

Makes about 6-7 pints.

Check out these articles for a well stocked pantry:
Stocking Your Pantry: Essential Ingredients to Have on Hand
Tips For A Well Stocked Pantry
Build a Frugal Pantry