Green Tomato Chow Chow
Every year it's the same thing. The frost is coming and I still have a bunch of green tomatoes hanging on the plants. This Green Tomato Chow Chow is the perfect recipe to use them all up. I simply HATE wasting food, especially when I can turn it into something delicious!
There are so many versions of Chow Chow out there but this is the one I love the most.
Makes: 6 pints
9 lbs green tomatoes
6 lbs onions, peel and slice fine
1 cup salt
4 cups water
4 cups white vinegar
2 cups water
1⁄2 cup pickling spices
2 1⁄2 lbs white sugar
2 1⁄2 lbs brown sugar
1⁄2 cup cornstarch
2 teaspoons dry mustard
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 red pepper, cut fine
Soak the tomatoes and onions in the first amount of water and the salt over night. Drain well in the morning.
Put the spice in a cloth bag, tie shut and crush with a rolling pin.
Put the vegetables in a pot with the vinegar and second amount of water, putting in the bag of spice.
Bring to a boil, then simmer for half an hour. Add the sugars and simmer another half an hour.
Stir together the cornstarch, dry mustard and tumeric.
Add a little of the simmering liquid to make a paste, then stir it into the tomato mixture. Add the chopped pepper.
Simmer for 1 to 2 hours til thick.
Spoon into sterilized, prepared jars, leaving 1/4 inch headroom. Wipe jar mouths clean. Place lids and rings, finger tighten only. Place in canner and bring back to a boil. Boil for 10 minutes. Remove from canner and let cool completely. Check seals.