Ella's Chow-Chow

Total Time
1 hr
1 hr

My mother-in-law's recipe for her Southern Chow-Chow. It's delicious on cooked collard greens, lima beans or black-eye peas. You'll find lots of other uses for this tasty condiment. I make a double or triple batch to enjoy throughout the year and give as gifts. These will keep in pantry for 1-2 years.

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  1. If you don't have all the vegetables mentioned, increase the quantity of the vegetables you do have until you have 6 quarts of chopped vegetables. (However, be sure to use some cabbage, peppers, carrots and onions- the other veggies are optional).
  2. In large pot, stir dry ingredients together, then add liquid ingredients.
  3. Bring all syrup ingredients to a boil and boil until thickened, stirring frequently.
  4. Add chopped vegetables and bring to a boil.
  5. Cook 5 minutes on simmer until vegetables are hot.
  6. Pack into hot, sterilized jars and seal with hot sterilized lids.
  7. Invert and let rest for 2 minutes.
  8. Turn right-side-up and let cool.
  9. When jars are cooled, the lids should be slightly concave which signifies a good canning seal.
  10. NOTE: My mother-in-law never processed them in a water bath, but you may do so for about 30 minutes, if you prefer.