Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Amish Recipe Series... Another Amish Chow Chow

I read a book a few months ago by a former Amish lady, Saloma Miller Furlong, entitled Why I Left the Amish. I highly recommend this book, especially if, like me, you have always romanticized the Amish lifestyle. It seems, as in all cultures, there are the good, the bad, and the ugly. Mrs. Furlong has a website and also writes a blog which is delightful to read. Read about her interesting life at http://salomafurlong.com/

I found yet another Amish Chow Chow recipe that I would like to share with you folks.

Disclaimer: The Amish don't always follow updated USDA canning methods, they follow methods passed down from generation to generation. Use this recipe at your own discretion, or adapt it to your own method. I am sharing these recipes EXACTLY as they were sent to me and take no responsibility for them.

Amish Chow Chow
Found on home brewers association

This is my grandmother's chow chow recipe that she had written on the back of an envelope. I thought I would share it with everyone. This makes a bunch so some scaling down may be necessary. There are tons of recipe variations so make it to your liking. 

1 peck green tomatoes
3-4 hot peppers
1 large cabbage (shredded)
5-6 cups sugar
8 large onion
2 quarts vinegar
3 green bell peppers
3 red bell peppers
1 Tbsp. dry mustard
1 tsp. celery seed
¼ cup plain salt
*1 tsp. allspice
*2 tsp. cinnamon
*1 tsp clove
(* place in bag)

Let tomatoes and onions and salt stand overnight. Then drain and squeeze-dry. Add cabbage, pepper, dry mustard, and celery seed. Mix. Boil vinegar and sugar (5 min). Put in rest of spices in bag. Boil 5 minutes more. Remove bag of spices. Mix all vegetables and boil 5 minutes more. While hot, fill jars and seal. I have tweaked this recipe several times and go light on the tomatoes and a little heavier on the cabbage and add black peppercorns to the spice bag. Use standard hot bath canning and sanitation methods, please...


  1. This will be a fun series... could you give the name of the shop in Seymour, MO? We go to a little store at the Byler's construction business east of Seymour. Would like for you to share so I can visit that one!
    Thanks for all your good blog posts...

    1. It didn't have a name, Lori. It was on Road (or Route, or Hwy) C off the main road (Hwy 60? maybe), we turned north off the main road and it was on the right at an Amish house, there was a little handpainted black and white sign at the end of the driveway that said something like "Amish Store" on it... it was in like a little shed beside the house. They sold things the community uses mostly, plus some dolls, cookbooks, other books, etc. Cash only! ~~Granny


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