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    Sweet and Spicy Garden Relish/ Chow-Chow

    Sweet and Spicy Garden Relish/ Chow-Chow. Photo by Rita~

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    1 hr

    30 mins

    30 mins

    Rita~'s Note:

    A pickled relish is a cooked or pickled, coarsely or finely chopped vegetables (using what you have from cabbage to green tomatoes to zucchini just to have 4 quarts grated veggies before soaking) which is typically used as a condiment. I made this with a combination of home grown garden goodies. Served as a dipping sauce for breads or as a condiment to spread over the top of cornbread or top hot dogs and hamburgers, fresh grilled fish,chicken or mix with mixed with mayonnaise to make tartar sauce, and piccalilli can be mixed with mayonnaise or crème fraîche to make remoulade. Makes a great addition to a gift basket.

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    1. 1
      Grate all the vegetables equalling 4 quarts, in a food processor then place in a large container.
    2. 2
      Add salt, cover with water and allow to stand for 1 hour.
    3. 3
      While the vegetables are soaking, in a large pot, add the sugar, vinegar and pickling spice.
    4. 4
      Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer.
    5. 5
      Drain and rinse the vegetables well squeezing out all liquid; add to the pot and bring to a boil.
    6. 6
      Reduce heat; simmer 30 minutes.
    7. 7
      Stir frequently.
    8. 8
      Pour the relish into hot, sterilized pint jars.
    9. 9
      Wipe rims, place lids and screw bands on fingertip-tight; process 15 minutes in a boiling bath.
    10. 10
      Remove to a protected surface to cool, undisturbed, for 24 hours.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on September 01, 2013


      Very good. I used mostly cucumbers as the veggies with some jalapenos (seeded), red and yellow peppers and onion.

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    • on August 20, 2009


      A friend gave me the recipe from your site, as my garden is well over planted, and I have much excess. As a I am new to farming, but not new to canning , I made some of this Chow-chow, last week, filling 24 QT jars, (Trippled the recipe) did samples of it on blackened chicken at the farmers market in Alden, NY, and I now have people calling every day for this Chow-Chow. It is wonderful. The only things that I used, that was diffrent, as I have an abundance of them, were snap peas, and yellow beans, which I cut into1/8-1/4" pieces, I also added Green tomato's as well., My entire garden is represented in that Quart Jar. I just love making it, and its so good too.

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    • on June 15, 2012


      Love this, I did strain the pickling spice out. I also used zucchini and yellow squash. I substituted anaheim peppers for the bells. I can't wait to eat this on some buttermilk cornbread.

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    Nutritional Facts for Sweet and Spicy Garden Relish/ Chow-Chow

    Serving Size: 1 (3749 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 335.0
    Calories from Fat 5
    Total Fat 0.6 g
    Saturated Fat 0.1 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 6314.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 80.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 3.7 g
    Sugars 74.2 g
    Protein 2.7 g

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    pickling spices

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