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  1. I too have wondered what chow chow is. Thank you for enlightening me! This sounds goooood!

  2. LOVE the recipe! I just made up a batch, and my hubby put it straight from the pot onto his pizza! :) I wish I could share a picture with you, it’s gorgeous as well as delicious!

    I processed mine in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes, and into the pantry it went. I don’t think it will last long in there though! :)


  3. Sandie Gates

    Was wondering if you could use apple cider vinegar instead of the white?

  4. Amanda

    I am a born and bred Southerner and have been familiar with Chow-chow all my live. It’s a great way to use up produce at the end of harvest time. Waste nothing; the moto of my depression-era grandmother! In our house, it’s primary use was and is to top beans and cornbread. Makes me want some right now! I have a tried and true recipe that I got from a friend of mine, which has been handed down through generations of North Carolinian women. (I’m from TN) But I will give this version a try just to see! Thank you from a deeply rooted Southerner, for the “shout-out” about a glorious southern treat!

    • Elizabeth

      Hi Amanda, Yes! Loved your comment. Mama E was from North Carolina too. Her recipe was very brief, and open to lots of interpretation (and ingredients swaps). I tried to give the recipe a more contemporary twist, and less sugar. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  5. Sheri

    I looked at many, many chow chow recipes and yours looked like the one I would eat. Non-stop. From the jar. Without other food. I can’t wait to make this, thanx for sharing such a specail recipe with us.



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