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Recipe | Chow Chow
The summer season is the best time to do one of the favorite activities of an Amish women, canning, because of all of the fresh produce that is grown in their fields. Most time canning , and preserving, is done in the Summer Kitchen of an Amish home and is done on a big stove.
Today we wanted to spotlight one of the most specialty items that the Amish enjoy canning: Chow Chow. We also wanted to provide a special recipe, for Chow Chow, that is found in the Pennsylvania Dutch Cookbook that can be purchased in our Village Store. This recipe makes about 12 pints.
¼ Peck (2 Quarts) Green Beans
1 Large Head Cauliflower [Separated in Flowerets]
3 Cups Shelled Lima Beans
3 Cups Fresh Whole Kernel Corn
1 Quart Onions [Chopped]
5 Green Peppers [Chopped]
¼ Peck (2 Quarts) Green Tomatoes [Chopped]
3 Quarts Cider Vinegar
4 Cups Sugar
½ Cup Salt
2 Tablespoons Celery Seed
2 Tablespoons Yellow Mustard Seed
2 Tablespoons Dry Mustard
1 Tablespoon Turmeric
Cut the beans into ½ inch pieces. Cook green beans, cauliflowerets, lima beans, and corn separately in boiling water until just tender. Drain. Mix the onions, peppers, and tomatoes with the cooked vegetables in a large heavy kettle. Bring the vinegar to boiling and stir in a mixture of the sugar, salt, celery seed, mustard seed, dry mustard, and turmeric. Pour vinegar mixture over vegetables; bring to boiling, and cook 20 to 25 minutes, or until thoroughly heated, stirring occasionally. Pour into sterilized jars and seal.
Want to purchase Chow Chow made by our local Amish neighbors? Be sure to visit our property and purchase some canned Chow Chow in our Smokehouse Market!