Mimi's Chow Chow - Dee Dee's

Diane Hopson Smith Recipe

By Diane Hopson Smith DeeDee2011

6 to 9 pints

This is a wonderful way to use up all the leftover summer vegetables from your garden.

My former mother in law gave me a recipe for chow chow in the early 70's. I've added a few ingredients and this is what I canned this week with my leftover summer veggies.

Great on hotdogs or vegetables. I will be serving on white beans this week.

Also good on top of crackers spread with cream cheese.


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4 c
1 large
cabbage (i used green)
8 to 10 large
green tomatoes, tops cut off (more tomatoes if smaller)
green bell peppers
red bell peppers (i didn't have 14 red, so i used more green)
2 to 4
jalapeno peppers, seeded (optional)
carrots, grated (optional for color)
2 large
celery stalks, chopped
1/2 c
salt without iodine (i used pickling salt)
6 c
4 c
white vinegar 5% acidity
1 Tbsp
celery seed
1 Tbsp
mustard seed
1 1/2 Tbsp
turmeric, ground

Directions Step-By-Step

Grind onions, cabbage, peppers, green tomatoes, carrots, celery and jalapeno in a food grinder or blender.
Place chopped vegetables in a large pot with salt and let set 4 hours.
Drain well! Press as much liquid out of vegetables as you can.
In a large kettle, bring sugar, vinegar, celery seed, mustard seed and turmeric to a boil; add vegetable to this mixture and bring back to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
With slotted spoon, pack sterilzed jars; cover with pickling liquid leaving 1/4-inch headspace. With a clean wet cloth, wipe jar rims. Place flat lids on jars and close with screw band rings, tightly.
Process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.
Remove jars to a rack to cool completely. As they cool the lid will make a popping sound indicating the lid has sealed. The center of the lids should be indented. IF any lid does not seal, store in fridge and use.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Side Dishes
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Hashtag: #pickled

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Straws Kitchen CinCooks
Oct 12, 2011
Great recipe Sis...yummmO
Diane Hopson Smith DeeDee2011
Oct 12, 2011
Thanks! I got 8 1/2 pints. Love it on some white beans! Got those cooking today to go with fried pork chops, cabbage and rice n gravy.
Sandra Whitworth Sandra1949
Oct 12, 2011
This is good with anything...love it on hot dog..laugh
Kim Biegacki pistachyoo
Oct 12, 2011
Oh, I love Chow Chow!!! I have to try your recipe. I have been looking for one ever since I tried some from my cousins store in W.VA.
Leila Rockwell leilaroc
Oct 12, 2011
Diane this sounds so good and similar to what my Mother used to make so I'm printing the recipe and will can some next year.
Diane Hopson Smith DeeDee2011
Oct 12, 2011
Thanks ladies, hope you enjoy! I love it! My sweet ex mother in law was a wonderful cook, she shared this with me many years ago and it's remained a favorite for me.
Diane Rogers pbjs
Oct 14, 2011
This recipe sounds wonderful. Looks like I better try this next year. Thanks for sharing Diane : )
Diane Hopson Smith DeeDee2011
Oct 14, 2011
You are very welcome Diane, it is very good. We snacked on crackers with cream cheese and a dab of this relish last night. Yummy!
Apr 4, 2012 - Kim Biegacki shared this recipe with discussion groups: College Bound Pickle Power
Diane Hopson Smith DeeDee2011
Apr 4, 2012
Thanks for sharing Kim!