Sunday, January 15, 2012

Dirt to Table Experience- Southern Sweet Chow-Chow Relish

I am smiling at myself.  There things you don't imagine yourself doing.  I have realized that there are many things that could not be imagined at some point in my life, that became a reality at another point.  Example, shoveling manure out of a wheel barrel into a garden plot and enjoying every minute.  There was a moment I  thought, "This brings new meaning to shoveling sh**".  Followed by a second brief moment, "If only my friends could see me now".  In reality, it is difficult to shake my city slicker ways, and embrace a calmer closer to the earth way of life.  I obviously crave it, as I am always seeking ways to get closer to what I value.  One of the things I value is food.

Something else I did not imagine doing was canning food.  I attempted to can a tomato salsa for my family one year.  Can you tell me what happens when you can fresh, uncooked diced tomatoes?  The pressure builds in the jar, and when you open it, it will explode.  Yes, there would have been no telling what would have happened had I proudly gave out my jars of joy to each member of my family.  My desire to can promptly came to an end.

The new reality is that I had an abundance of cabbage in my garden.  More cabbage than my family was willing to enjoy each day.  We grew it, I can't waste it!  The thought passes through my mind maybe, just maybe, I should can it.... the thought became a reality, and so I did.  With a little help from my food processor and actually following the directions, I managed to produce 10 quart size jars of something delicious.  With only a slight hesitancy, willing to share with my friends because this time I think I did it right.

Chow-Chow is a southern style relish that has long been a favorite as a topping on pinto beans, hot dogs, black-eyed peas, hamburgers, collards, and other greens.  It is really quite delicious.

Did I mention it was easy too?


Southern Sweet Chow-Chow Relish
Recipe from the Mountain Laurel
Makes 5-6 Jars


Ingredients:
2 quarts shredded cabbage (1 medium head)
1/2 cup sweet onions, chopped fine
1/2 cup red or green bell peppers chopped fine
2  tablespoons salt

Note: I added a hot pepper to some of my jars to add a spicy kick.

Combine the chopped vegetables and sprinkle with salt.  Let stand in the refrigerator 4-6 hours.  Drain well.

Combine the following ingredients and simmer for 10 minutes.  Use a large enough pot to mix the vegetables in later.

2 cups vinegar
1-1/2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons dry mustard
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
2 teaspoons celery seed
2 teaspoons mustard seed

Add vegetables to vinegar-spice mixture and simmer another 10 minutes.  Bring to boil then pack, boiling hot into heated canning jars, leaving only 1/8-inch head space.  Place canning lids and rings on jars, and tighten.

Turn the jars upside down so that all the heat is on the seals.  Don't turn the jars upright until the jars are completely cool.

Enjoy!

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37 comments:

Aarthi said...

THis is such a awesome recipe..Thanks for posting

Aarthi
http://yummytummy-aarthi.blogspot.com/

From the Kitchen said...

I may currently be in the midwest but I'm a southern girl through and through. My grandmother made chow chow every summer. It was for pinto beans, hot dogs and, sometimes, hamburgers. I haven't had it in so many years but loved it!! Those cans are beautiful!! Thanks for the memories.

Best,
Bonnie

Michelle J said...

I've heard of this but never come across it before. I'm intrigued!

rosaria said...

You clever you!!
I'll have to try this at my next harvest.

Walking on Sunshine... said...

Your blog is lovely! I enjoyed your story of canning the tomatoes and them exploding for your family. Sorry! But too funny. I've never had cabbage prepared this way. Looks interesting. Thanks for the visit! I'll be back!

Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook said...

Looks delicious, Velva! I've never had chow-chow. I think we'd love it, especially with the hot peppers added. Saving this.

Big Dude said...

It looks really good in the jars. Nice use of the cabbage.

Couscous & Consciousness said...

I've done loads of jam making over the years, but not too much in the way of chutneys and relishes. I've always been a bit nervous about it, but this looks so beautiful I'm inspired to try.

Thanks for the inspiration :-)

Michelle a.k.a. Farmchick said...

Yours looks so good. I love this stuff.

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

I love absolutely love every minute of canning. I am fairly new at it myself, but will definitely print out your chow chow recipe. It looks delicious

Chef Fresco said...

I have never tried canning, but your tomato story made me laugh. =) Your chow-chow relish looks delicious!

That Girl said...

It's fun to defy our own expectations.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Congrats on your canning success! The Chow Chow looks great-enjoy:@)

Kitchen Belleicious said...

YEAH! I used to eat this all the time growing up because my grandmother would make it. So glad to see it pop up again on food blog! Wow, yours looks amazing

Lea Ann (Highlands Ranch Foodie) said...

I am a recent chow chow fan, actually just discovering it a couple years ago and I think it's wonderful. I've been wanting to make some myself, have looked at a couple of recipes, and just haven't taken the time. GOT to do this. I really enjoy canning.

Kim said...

Velva - You did it! You conquered the fear of canning. I'd love to can, but I'm so scared of it. Thanks for giving me a nudge in the right direction.

I know you are going to enjoy your chow chow.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I finally conquered my fear of canning a little over a year ago. I am loving this recipe since I really like cabbage (having grown on on Frank's Kraut which is made in a town near the one in which I grew up). I'm copying this to try next summer when cabbage hits the Farmers' Market!

Thanks, Velva!

Barbara said...

Marvelous, Velva. I've copied the recipe. I remember getting together with a couple aunts and spending all day making chili sauce. Those canning days were so much fun!

A Canadian Foodie said...

I made green tomato chow for the first time this past fall and it is delicious - I cut back a lot on the sugar and it is still really yummy. I didn't have a clue you could use cabbage, too.
I have posted mine as well - advice is always welcome!
Hubby LOVES cabbage - so this may well be next years chow chow!
:)
V

spiky said...

very much appetizing.

a biteful visit fom philippines. :)

Danielle said...

Canning scares me!! LOL. One of these days I want to try my hand at it....one of these days. I'd love to try this chow chow on a big fat polish hotdog

Sarah said...

I didn't realize that chow chow was made from cabbage. I will make this for my tourtiere. It will be delicious.

teresa said...

YUM! i've tried something similar to this not too long ago and i couldn't get enough of it. way to go with the canning, it looks wonderful.

merrilymarylee said...

GREAT! Something I don't have to wait until summer to fix. We love chow chow. I'm always surprised at how much it costs at the store.

Elisabeth said...

An amazing batch of chow chow!!! Love it, and want to make it ASAP. Thanks for sharing:DDD

tasteofbeirut said...

For the past few weeks we have been getting huge (on steroid-huge) cabbages from our family's orchard. We made salads, stuffed cabbage leaves and more salads. This is a great recipe and I love the idea of making something that will last for a while and can be used as a topping for hotdogs and burgers and what not/ This recipe is a lifesaver!

Susan Fields said...

Congratulations that you're a canner now! My mom used to can every summer, but I haven't dared try it.

The Japanese Redneck said...

Yes, thanks much for the recipe.

I have been looking for a good one to try!

sweetcarolinescooking.com said...

Oh, yum! Looks and sounds incredible. I have no idea why, but I've yet to try canning anything. I need to get on that. :)

Mimi said...

Congratulations on your chow chow success.
Mimi

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

Can't imagine me shoveling either Velva. Love your chow chow. I can't imagine me making that either, but I sure would love to sample yours.
Sam

Magic of Spice said...

They exploded...yikes! Your relish however looks fantastic!

Chris said...

I like spicy chow chow but I've never made it myself...especially from cabbage I'd frown myself! I bet it will turn out great....and I'm not shoveling sh**.

Rita said...

Love this recipe for chow chow; mine has green tomatoes in it. Perfect photo,
Rita

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What a marvelous relish! Healthy and tasty.

Cheers,

Rosa

Kitchen Butterfly said...

I was with you....when you feared canning......now you've graduated! Well done. It does look good too.....

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this recipe. It takes me back to my youth when my grandmother made chow chow. Looking forward to making this ASAP!!!

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