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Green Tomato Chow Chow


5 pounds green tomatoes, medium diced

2 pounds yellow onion, julienned

2 red Serrano peppers or other medium-hot chiles, finely diced

4 green bell peppers, finely diced

1 large head cabbage, julienned

½ cup kosher salt

3 cups cider vinegar

3-inch piece fresh ginger, finely diced

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

3 cups brown sugar

2 tablespoons whole mustard seeds

¼ teaspoon ground cloves


  1. Mix tomatoes, onion, Serrano peppers, green peppers, and cabbage with half of salt. Put in a colander set inside a bowl to drain overnight.
  2. Sanitize jars and have them ready in water bath.
  3. Combine all ingredients in a stainless steel pot and bring to a low simmer, skimming any foam that rises to the top. Continue cooking and skimming until reduced by a third.
  4. Add mixture into prepared canning jars and process for 10 minutes.
  5. Let jars rest for a few days before eating to allow flavors to develop.
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