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Elder Care Recipes: Sweet and Tangy Chow-Chow

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Jul 9, 2015 3:44:27 AM

The summer months mean plenty of sun and hot weather that generate bountiful harvests of fruits and vegetables. Preserving this produce is a wonderful way to stretch your food budget for the
rest of the year, stock your kitchen with nutritious, easy foods, and enjoy the bright, fresh flavors of summer throughout the rest of the year.Elder Nutrtioni One of the best ways to do this is to create condiments. Condiments add flavor, texture, and nutrition to your food, allowing you to make the same recipe more interesting or perk up bland foods to appeal to a broader range of tastes.

Chow chow is a sweet, tangy, sometimes spicy relish popular throughout the South. While there are many different variations, they all feature preserved vegetables and are a fabulous topping for pulled pork, deli sandwiches, chicken, or any number of other dishes. Whether your elder care plan includes tending to a particularly abundant vegetable garden with your elderly loved ones, or you plan a trip to the local farmer's market or pick-your-own farm to gather fresh, high-quality produce, this recipe lets you capture the flavor and nutrition for enjoyment now or weeks down the line if preserved properly.


What You'll Need

• 4 pounds green bell peppers

• 4 pounds red bell peppers

• 3 pounds green tomatoes

• 4 pounds sweet onions

• 3 1/4 pounds green cabbage

• 1/2 cup kosher salt

• 6 cups white granulated sugar

• 4 cups apple cider vinegar

• 2 cups water

• 2 tablespoons yellow mustard seeds

• 1 tablespoon dry mustard

• 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper

• 1 tablespoon celery seeds

• 2 teaspoons ground ginger

• 1 1/2 teaspoons turmeric

• Sharp knife

• Large mixing bowl

• Plastic wrap

• Strainer

• Large pot

• Heat resistant spoon

• 6 glass 1-quart jars

• Canner


What to Do

• Use the sharp knife to cut the vegetables into 1/4 inch dices. With the exception of the cabbage, try to get the pieces as close to the same size as possible for the best preservation and flavor

• Put all of the vegetables into the large mixing bowl

• Add the kosher salt and toss to incorporate

• Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap, put in the refrigerator, and allow to sit overnight

• Remove the bowl from the refrigerator and pour the vegetables into the strainer to fully drain them

• Discard the liquid

• Put the vinegar, water, and sugar into the large pot and put over medium high heat

• Stir frequently and bring the mixture to a boil

• Add all of the seasonings and stir to thoroughly combine

• Carefully pour the drained vegetables into the pot and stir to distribute through the liquid

• Turn the heat down to medium

• Cook for one hour, stir occasionally, or until the mixture is thick and saucy. It should somewhat resemble sauerkraut in texture and consistency

• Follow the instructions for the canner to properly prepare the glass jars and process the chow chow

• Store the properly processed, fully cooled cans unopened in a cabinet or pantry for up to a year. Store opened jars in the refrigerator for several days.

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