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Chow Chow Relish Recipe

Mama's Chow Chow recipe shows you how to make a cabbage based relish that is delicious when served with a big pot of pinto beans and cornbread.

Supplies Needed

A boiling water or a pressure canner
A square of cheesecloth or cheesecloth bag
Sterilized jars, seals, and lids.


4 quarts green tomatoes
1 large head of cabbage
9 medium onions
5 medium sweet green peppers
6 medium sweet red peppers
8 apples
1/2 cup pickling or canning salt
15 cups vinegar (white distilled 5%)
2 cups sugar
3 cups brown sugar
3 tablespoons dry mustard
2 teaspoons powdered ginger
1 tablespoon turmeric
4 tablespoons mustard seeds
3 tablespoons celery seed
3 tablespoons pickling spice


  • Chop all vegetables and combine in a large kettle. Stir in salt; let stand overnight.
  • Drain.
  • Combine vinegar, sugars, dry mustard, ginger, and turmeric in a different pot or kettle.
  • Put mustard seed, celery seed, and pickling spices in square of cheesecloth or cheesecloth bag.
  • Tie all the ends together and put into the kettle.
  • Bring to a boil, simmer for about 30 minutes.
  • Add vegetables and return to simmer for 30 minutes longer
  • Find and throw out the cheesecloth bag and spices.
  • Spoon chow-chow into hot sterilized jars and seal.
  • In your boiling water canner, process the jars per the canner instruction for 15 minutes.
  • Adjust the process time to 20 minutes if you are over 1000 feet.
  • Process for 25 minutes for altitudes over 6,000 ft.
  • Put in sterilized jars with approved seals and lids.
  • NOTE: Follow suggestion cook times or instructions for your canner as cooking times may vary for different types of canners.

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