Heatt Relish/Chow Chow

2008-12-12
  • Yield : 10 pints
  • Servings : 10 pints
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Chow Chow is a culinary term for any spicy or piquant preparation used to enhance flavour of plain food. In the UK, a thin pickle or sauce with a vinegar base; in the USA it includes finely chopped fruit or vegetables with a dressing of salt, sugar, and vinegar, sometimes eaten as a first course (termed apple, garden, or salad relish.) Most Cajuns will eat this on top of their rice and gravy.

Ingredients

  • 4 large carrots
  • 2 large heads of cabbage
  • 9 red peppers
  • 9 green peppers
  • 8 medium onions
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 6 cups sugar
  • 6 cups vinegar
  • 2 tbsp mustard seed
  • 2 tbsp celery seed
  • pinch of cayenne (red pepper) according to taste

Directions

Step 1

Grind in food processor the carrots, cabbage, peppers and onions. Pour the 1/2 cup of salt on the mixture and let stand for two hours. Drain and rinse off all salt.

Step 2

In a separate pan combine the sugar vinegar, mustard seed, celery seed and cayenne and bring to a boil until the sugar is completely dissolved. Add the vegetables to the vinegar mixture; simmering for 10 minutes.

Step 3

Fill the canning jar 1/2 inch from the top and put on the cap. Process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.

Step 4

It is to be noted that a boiling water bath is the better way to process your home canning product for food safety. Although some ole' timer will boil and sterilize their jars and lids; then pours the chow chow into the hot jars and will seal them without processing through a boiling water bath.

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