Sweet and Spicy Garden Relish/ Chow-Chow

"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."
Sweet and Spicy Garden Relish/ Chow-Chow created by Rita1652
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  • Grate all the vegetables equalling 4 quarts, in a food processor then place in a large container.
  • Add salt, cover with water and allow to stand for 1 hour.
  • While the vegetables are soaking, in a large pot, add the sugar, vinegar and pickling spice.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer.
  • Drain and rinse the vegetables well squeezing out all liquid; add to the pot and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat; simmer 30 minutes.
  • Stir frequently.
  • Pour the relish into hot, sterilized pint jars.
  • Wipe rims, place lids and screw bands on fingertip-tight; process 15 minutes in a boiling bath.
  • Remove to a protected surface to cool, undisturbed, for 24 hours.
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  1. Rita1652
    Sweet and Spicy Garden Relish/ Chow-Chow Created by Rita1652
  2. Susan A.
    I love this recipe..BUT... I don't like pickling spice. So I omitted the pickling spice and added 1 1/2 TBS of ground garam masala instead, along with 1/2 of the turmeric. IT IS DELICIOUS and has the warmth of Indian flavors. Great on everything. I could eat it right out of the jar.
  3. Pamplemoussee
    This was great. I thought it would be too sweet, but it wasn't. I also put the spices in a small tea sache to keep it out of the final product. Sealed beautifully. Can't wait to use it up!
  4. Chef de Sucre
    Very good. I used mostly cucumbers as the veggies with some jalapenos (seeded), red and yellow peppers and onion.
  5. efromoregon
    Super yummy! I grated 6 quarts of veggies and this made 4 1/2 pints. I subbed two chopped cucumbers for two of the bell peppers. Will definitely make again!!

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