Charlynn’s Green Tomato Chow

Alrighty, I put some of my green tomatoes to good use. Ever since Charlynn mentioned her green tomato chow, I knew it was something that I had to try.

She kindly sent my her recipe and instructions, so I gave it a whirl.

30 green tomatoes
16 onions
Slice and mix the tomatoes and onions in a non-reactive container. Add 1/2 cup pickling salt. Let mixture sit overnight. Mixture will stink up the house, better to put it in the garage if you don’t want the smell of onions all through the place.

Drain mixture well, put in a large stockpot. Add:
16 apples (in cheesecloth)-any kind of apples will do, my grandmother usually used the crab apples from her backyard. This adds natural pectin to the chow.
3 cups white sugar
2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup pickling spices (in cheesecloth)
1 cup cider vinegar
2 cups white vinegar

It won’t look like enough liquid in the pot-I added 2 more cups of vinegar, and it came out watery and really tart. Just make sure you bring it to a boil slowly to avoid scorching, and then the liquid will come out of the apples. Bring it to a boil, then lower the temp to a good simmer. Cook for an hour and a half, or until veggies reach desired consistency.

Ok. So I halved the recipe because, well, that’s a lotta chow if I didn’t like it. So we went small this time.

I used my slicer attachment to cop up everything, thanks goodness for that, because that is one heckuva job, to chop everything up. If it went through too large, I just added it right back into the chopper and made it smaller again.

Holy tears Batman. My eyes were a’ stinging by the end of these babies. Ouch. My daughter gave up helping and ran away since her eyes also started watering like mad.

Ok, so we put on the pickling salt and let it sit overnight.

Check.

Now, before I put it in the pot I forgot to drain it. Completely skipped that direction.

That would be why I was wondering how Charlynn thought she didn’t have enough liquid. I had more than enough.

Because she drained hers. Whoopsie.

Look, once again, I never claimed to know what I am doing here.

So then I put it into the sterilized jars. It didn’t look that liquidy, so maybe I got away with it.

Boil ‘em up! Can those little suckers.

So it tastes great, a sweet relish basically is what I would classify it as, probably healthy as heck for you as well, even with the sugar. But I ask the expert Charlynn now, was it supposed to be jelly-ish? Because mine is not, it’s liquidy without a speck of jellyishness to it.

Jelly-ish-ness. I totally made that word up.

She serves it as a side dish with roasts and says it;s amazing with pork, which I can definitely see. With the apple taste in it thanks to the apples, it would be a lovely match.

 

Green Tomato Chow
Amazing green tomato relish, perfect for those tomatoes that didn't ripen.
Author:
Recipe type: canning
Serves: 14
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Ingredients
  • 30 green tomatoes
  • 16 onions
  • 16 apples (in cheesecloth)-any kind of apples will do, my grandmother usually used the crab apples from her backyard. This is for natural pectin in the relish.
  • 3 cups white sugar
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • ½ cup pickling spices (in cheesecloth)
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 cups white vinegar
Instructions
  1. Slice and mix the tomatoes and onions in a non-reactive container. Add ½ cup pickling salt. Let mixture sit overnight. Mixture will stink up the house, better to put it in the garage if you don’t want the smell of onions all through the place.
  2. Drain mixture well, put in a large stockpot. Add:
  3. apples (in cheesecloth)-any kind of apples will do, my grandmother usually used the crab apples from her backyard.
  4. cups white sugar
  5. cups brown sugar
  6. /2 cup pickling spices (in cheesecloth)
  7. cup cider vinegar
  8. cups white vinegar
  9. It won’t look like enough liquid in the pot-I added 2 more cups of vinegar, and it came out watery and really tart. Just make sure you bring it to a boil slowly to avoid scorching, and then the liquid will come out of the apples. Bring it to a boil, then lower the temp to a good simmer. Cook for an hour and a half, or until veggies reach desired consistency. Remove the apples from the pot and can the chow!

 

 

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5 comments
Charlynn
Charlynn

V, I did squeeze the cheesecloth when I took it out, just to get all of the flavor out of it. I wouldn't worry about getting absolutely all of the liquid out, just give it a healthy squeeze with a set of tongs.

A Canadian Foodie
A Canadian Foodie

I thought the apples were for pectin - but that is a heck of a lot of apples for pectin - I reread the post - and am clarifying again (well, you haven't actually cooked with me yet - I wing it - only after I know how it is actually supposed to be! ;) Do you squeeze the cheese cloth bag when you remove it and get as much liquid and mush into the chow as you can - and then throw out the pulp? :) V Can you e-mail me when you answer this, too - as there is no place to click to get answers to comments here sent to me :) V

Karlynn
Karlynn

The apples are for natural pectin! It doesn't use any pectin in it, the apples give it a little flavor but definitely give it pectin! I am off to edit the recipe and put that in for explanation.

A Canadian Foodie
A Canadian Foodie

So, why are the apples in cheese cloth - do you remove them - that part I do not understand - but am definitely up for making this - but it will have to be tomorrow. Hope you answer soon. He he :) Valerie

Charlynn
Charlynn

Just saw this now-been so busy with school I haven't been keeping up on my blog friends! Not supposed to be jellyish at all. The liquid is a bit thick, but not like a jelly. It looks really good! Looks like you did a good job of it, even with forgetting to drain it. Did you find it salty because of that? Had some this weekend with my Thanksgiving turkey-so yummy!

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