I am not real sure why this is called “Chow Chow” but it is something my grandmother used to make at the end of the harvest season when she knew first frost was getting ready to hit and she had green tomatoes that needed to be harvested or she would lose them. She used to have a huge garden. My mom remembers walking into the kitchen when my gma was making this and just dying from the smell (she absolutely adored it). Whenever she comes to visit I make this for her. Grant it I don’t have a big enough garden for the number of green tomatoes this takes, so I buy mine from the local farmers mkt.
32 cups of green pitted tomatoes, chopped
2 cups brown sugar
3 lbs onions
1 box pickling spice tied in a cheesecloth bag
2 red peppers, chopped
Vinegar to cover all ingredients
Wash and slice tomatoes. Add 1/2 cup of salt and let stand overnight. In the morning, boil 10 minutes in the juice of the tomatoes. Drain well. Add cut onions and peppers to the tomatoes and sugar. Put enough vinegar in the pot to cover the ingredients and bring to a boil. Pour the mixture into sterilized jars, seal and process in a water bath for 10 minutes.