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Lost family recipe for Chow-Chow (Polish style)

Semper Fi  
5 May 2011  #31

I am Czeck. If you find a chow chow recipe from the old country, please pass it on to me. I'm 71 and my mother used to can chow chow every year. She passed on 20 years ago and there is no one left in the family to give me the recipe. the recipe was my grandmothers who came to America some where around 1910.

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24 Aug 2011  #32

I too am looking for the recipe for Chow Chow for my Mom and Uncle who grew up in Mahanoy, a town close to Shennandoah. It is different than the cajun recipe posted here.
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25 Aug 2011  #33

Chow-chow is NOT, I repeat, NOT Polish. Those interested I direct to:

armadillopeppers.com/Chow-Chow_Relish.html

The name itself is of unknown but certainly not Polish or Slavonic origin.
However, simiarl recipes can be found in Europe and in Poladn they are mainly called
'sałatka z zielonych pomidorów'. Often an early frost cathces unripened tomatoes on the vine, so thrifty Europeans found a way not to waste them. The recipe below is one of many. Different ingredients such as carrots and celeriac can be added as well.

This was also a linguo-culinary experience for me, because I used the Google translator for the first time. Never again! But for those unacquainted with that abortive tool, here is the evidence (see text beneath Polish recipe):

Składniki:
· 1 kg pomidorów zielonych
· 2 średnir cebule
· 1 średnia papryka ( kolor do wybory )
· ZALEWA
· 1/2 litra wody
· 1/2 szklanki octu 10 %
· 3 płaskie łyżki soli
· 7 łyżki cukru
· liście laurowe
· ziele angielskie
· pieprz ziarnisty

· Sposób przygotowania
POMIDORY I PAPRYKĘ UMYĆ,CEBULĘ OBRAĆ.POMIDORY POKROIĆ W PLASTERKI,A CEBULĘ I PAPRYKĘ POKROIĆ W PÓ£PLASTERKI.WARZYWA RAZEM WYMIESZAĆ.SK£ADNIKI NA ZALEWE RAZEM WYMIESZAĆ I ZAGOTOWAĆ.GORĄCĄ ZALEWĄ ZALAĆ SA£ATKĘ I ODSTAWIĆ NA 2 GODZINY.PO UP£YWIE 2 GODZIN SA£ATKĘ NAK£ADAĆ DO S£OIKÓW,POZAKRĘCAĆ I PASTERYZOWAĆ OKO£O 20 MINUT.

Tłumaczenie (polski > angielski)
· 1 kg of tomatoes green
· 2 onions średnir
· 1 medium red pepper (for color choices)
· Flooded
· 1 / 2 liter of water
· 1 / 2 cup vinegar 10%
· 3 tablespoons salt flat
· 7 tablespoons sugar
· bay leaves
· allspice
· grainy pepper

Wash the tomatoes and peppers, onion OBRAĆ.POMIDORY slice, and onions and peppers cut into PÓ£PLASTERKI.WARZYWA TOTAL TOTAL WYMIESZAĆ.SK£ADNIKI the lagoon mix and pour PRIMING ZAGOTOWAĆ.GORĄCĄ salad and let stand for 2 GODZINY.PO EXPIRATION OF 2 HOURS FOR SALAD impose jARS, AND pasteurized POZAKRĘCAĆ APPROXIMATELY 20 MINUTES.
christynaujalis  
3 Oct 2011  #34

Hi. My grandparents were from Lithuania and lived in Shenandoah when they first married. My grandmother made a chow-chow that sounds a lot like the one you describe. The recipe appears on my blog...just remove the blank spaces for the link: toolsforkitchens .com /october-2011-blog/chow-chow/. Hope this helps!
cioci  
17 Jun 2012  #35

CHOW-CHOW

cabbage (shredded)
cauliflower florets
cucumbers (sliced thick with peels on)
celery
corn
pearl onions
green tomatoes
carrots
peppers (green or orange) to make attractive colors
dried lima beans

Liquid:

tumeric
dried mustard
celery seeds
vinegar
sugar
salt

Cut up vegetables, add a generous amount of salt and let stand overnight in a crock. The next day, squeeze out the water from the vegetables and discard the water.

In a pot add: 3 cups of water to 1 cup of vinegar. Add the vinegar, sugar, water and seasonings to suit your taste. Boil till vegetables are just about tender. Put into mason jars and sealed.

I never tasted Chow-Chow, but my mother and grandmother always jarred it. They would eat it with fried potatoes. I actually helped make it once. I am going to attempt to make it this year.

I also remember cooking the sliced carrots a little before adding to the other veggies, because they took longer to cook.
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30 May 2016  #36

I too originate out of Shenandoah, PA. Most of my family still live in the area and my mother always made Chow Chow. It was mustard in color and had a variety of veg. I will do my best to locate this recipe.




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