A Recipe for Chow Chow in the CI Kitchen


Natalie Kenny Marquez, with the Family to Table Blog, is back with another family recipe.  This time we’re making Chow Chow!

Chow Chow:

I’ve put an * by the items I can purchase at my Illinois farmers market.


  • 9 medium sized green tomatoes, chopped*

  • 1/2 head cabbage, chopped*

  • 1 red pepper, chopped*

  • 1 1/2 onion, chopped*

  • 2 tablespoons salt

  • 1 1/4 cup sugar

  • 2 cups vinegar diluted with 1/2 cup water

  • 1/4 teaspoon each of cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and ginger


  • Combine the tomatoes, cabbage, red pepper, onion, and salt in a container. Mix together very well and let it sit overnight.

  • The next day, transfer mixture to a large pot and cook for exactly 15 minutes. Drain any liquid.

  • To the mixture add the sugar, diluted vinegar and spices. Combine everything and cook for 15 additional minutes.

  • Remove from heat and allow to cool.

  • Store in the fridge in an air-tight container. Keeps for about a week. Or, can the Chow Chow and enjoy these farm-fresh veggies all-year long. Here is a Canning 101 lesson to check out.

Serving size: Chow Chow for days!

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