Green Tomato Ketchup - Quebec Style Chow-Chow

"This is a traditional ketchup from quebec. It's delicious served with meats, but we especially like it with Tortiere. Sometimes fruit (apple or peaches- grated) were added, and that would be added to the saucepan before boiling."
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Ready In:
1hr 15mins
12 cups




  • In a large bowl, alternate layers of tomatoes and onions, sprinkling each layer with salt.
  • Let stand for at least 8 hours, better overnight.
  • Rinse; drain well.
  • Combine vegetables with vinegar, sugar and spice bag.
  • In a large saucepan or stock pot, bring mixture to a boil, then simmer, uncovered, for about 30 to 45 minutes.
  • Stir frequently until slightly thickened.
  • Pour into hot, sterilized jars and seal.

Questions & Replies

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  1. suzannelabine1
    what spices do you use for this recipe??
  2. Victoria R.
    Do you process your jars in canning bath if so for how long?


  1. elianelalonde8
    So good.....I am from Quebec, my mom use to make it!!! Receipe is delicious as is but I had celery and apple so delicious!
  2. Andre
    Actually a green tomato chow chow not exclusive to Quebec, but served throughout French Canada. Excellent on tourtiere (French Canadian Meat Pie) also with French Canadian Pork and Beans and Hamburgers.
  3. 29contactnina
    Loved my parents green ketchup Trying this one now. I’ve add a pinch of dill seed to my pickling spice and a teaspoon or so of mustard seed to my salted mixture Ex: I’ve only made about two cups I’m excited
  4. Debra B.
    My Mom used to make this.I did one time by her recipe and lost it So happy I found this. Exactly like my Mom's Thanks so much
  5. lynnbeauvsis
    Must have put too much salt on tomatoes to sit for 8 hrs. So i dumped out whole mixture into cauldron, rinsed and started over. Did not add any salt to second mixture. There was no amount of salt to sorinkle on tomato specified in recipe. Maybe i put too much on. I did rinse well before putting in pot


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