|Chopped and ready to simmer.|
With pretty scraps of fabric I made teabag style
pouches for the pickling spice.
I haven't made chow chow in a long time, but a quick request to my sister-in-law Shirley, got me her mother's recipe. It's a family favorite. The recipe is just precious. It said, " chop tomatoes and onions until the big blue pot is half full". The next thing was to add vinegar until you see the vinegar when you tip the pot!
Well, we got the recipe all figured out and my hubby and I hand chopped the 11 pounds of tomatoes last evening. We had fun talking about the old days and recipes and all the stuff his mother used to cook. The recipe said to put a couple of handfuls of salt to the chopped tomatoes, then put a plate on top and let sit over night. This morning, it was very easy to drain, rinse, then simmer for a couple of hours, then bottle. The chow chow is made. The house smells delightful. We tested the chow with some crackers this afternoon. It's delicious.
And I have a nice bottle set aside to deliver to Linda. She will be able to enjoy it at her Thanksgiving table. I know she's got lots of company coming.
Next Week, when the rest of the tomatoes ripen, I'll be making a small batch of salsa. Can't wait.. Many thanks Linda!!