RECIPE: Tomato Chow (T&T)

khandiFebruary 6, 2007

This is another T&T recipe my mother submitted for family cookbook. The original recipe called for 7 cups of sugar but my mother found it way too sweet. The next time she made it, she reduced the amount of sugar to 5-6 cups and found it just right.

Green or Red Tomato Chow

28 cups tomatoes, sliced

8 cups onions, sliced

2 cups vinegar

2 cups water

5-6 cups sugar (white and brown, ½ & ½)

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp allspice

½ tsp ground cloves

½ tsp tumeric

1 cup sweet red pepper, chopped or sliced

Combine tomatoes and onions. Sprinkle with about ½ cup coarse salt; let sit overnight. (Adding too much salt will make the tomatoes "rubbery, tough".) This step is for green tomatoes only. Skip this step for ripened tomatoes.

In a large pot, combine vinegar, water, sugar, and spices and bring to a boil. Drain tomato mixture well and add to the brine with the red pepper. Simmer for about 2 hours. Store in sterilized hot jars, and seal. Makes about 6½ quarts.

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