Monday, August 16, 2010

Dee's recipe week.- Chow Chow

There was always something growing in the garden. The kids would go out to pick the veggie and Dee who tend to the garden.
This recipe was a favorite of hers. I think it was like a relish. All made from her garden.

Now this recipe is measured in Pecks. This was a measurement commonly used in earlier days. When one picks vegetable and fruits today we measure in Quarts and Pints. So to give you a sense of a peck. I will compare it to today's measurements.

A Bushel is about 8 dry Gallons or 35 dry liters. There are 4 pecks in a bushel. That would make 1 peck 8 dry quarts or 2 dry gallons. As far as weight is concerned, it is more difficult because each vegetable or fruit weight is different. So one needs to use a container to measure the amount.

These are 4 quart containers from
Southern Containers Corporation
For this recipes 1 peck of tomatoes weighs 13.25 lbs or use one of these container and fill it two times to get the amount. It really depends on the size and ripeness of the product. One tomatoes could weigh more than another. Therefore you see cooking and measurements is all in the eye of the cook.Please keep in mind that liquid measurement and dry measurement are two different kinds. You can not use a liquid measuring tool to measure dry ingredients.

Dee's Chow Chow

you will need;
1 peck Green tomatoes
1 peck Green Peppers
8 onions
6 Hot peppers
3 Tablespoons salt
2 quarts Vinegar
2 cups sugar
1/2 box Pickle spice

  1. Grind up the tomatoes, peppers onions and hot pepper.
  2. Add salt and let sit for 3 hours on counter.
  3. Drain good and add vinegar, sugar and pickle spice.
  4. Cook for 30 minutes.

Ladle into pickle dish, can be eaten hot or cold.

copyright2010"AuntieE CookBook/M Dubros"

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