Momma persuading Bubba to go to the Field for Ingredients 

This sweet tangy relish uses up the last of the green tomato crop just before Jack Frost is due.     A sample from Betty’s 1980 batch won a first prize at the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition.


7 pounds green tomatoes

5 pounds onions

¼ cup pickling salt

3 cups cider vinegar

2-1/2 cups granulated sugar

¼ cup pickling spice


Wash tomatoes and chop finely. Peel onions and chop finely.

In a large bowl or crock, combine tomatoes, onions and pickling salt. Place a plate on top of vegetables and weigh it for pressure. Let stand overnight.

Next day, drain vegetables well and place in a large kettle. Add vinegar and sugar. Place pickling spice in a spice bag and add to kettle. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and cook slowly, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for about 1 hour until tomatoes are cooked to desired consistency. Ladle into hot sterilized jars and seal immediately. Makes about 6 pints.

Aah the finished product

(I remember there was an outfit in NB I believe, McCreadys, who used to make Chow Chow and you could sneak into the fridge and take a large spoonful and garf it down without anything else and it was wonderful tasting – CAPER)

11 responses to this post.

  1. I tried chow chow for the first time on my vacation to Nova Scotia. It is absolutely delicious. I brought several bottles home with me. I plan on trying to make it once those are gone which won’t be long from now I am sure.


  2. Posted by M WILLIAMS on September 16, 2010 at 18:29

    This looks like my gramma’s recipe, one I didn’t get from Mom before she passed away. Does anyone know if this can be frozen instead as the last step? I’m not into canning.


    • Dear M,
      I just checked with Carmen, my wife, and she said no as indicated in the recipe you ladle into sterilized sealed jars and therefore no need to freeze.


  3. Posted by Judy on October 9, 2010 at 10:39

    Thank you , this is like going back in time when my grandmother made these.
    Yummy.yummy. Thanks for sharing.


  4. Posted by Edie Wells on October 25, 2010 at 15:36

    Our family was stationed in NB, when my husband was in the USAF. I would buy Chow Chow there and we loved it. I have not been able to find it in the grocery stores in the US. I have been making, and canning different versions of it, but am so excited about finding the recipe from your region and plan to do it that way with my gallons and gallons of green tomatos. We give canned goods to friends and relatives for the holidays and I am sure they will enjoy this recipe.


    • Thank you Edie for those nice words. When you were stationed in NB you were probably buying Chow Chow from McCready’s which was fantastic in taste and very similar to what my wife, Carmen, makes the recipe which was included in Blog. Try and get it done by your Thanksgiving and you wont regret it. Warm regards,


      • Posted by Edie Wells on November 2, 2010 at 16:18

        We are making it today. The whole house smells nice and spicey. Miss our days of living in Chatham, NB, and the maritimes in general. Hope to come back someday for a visit and some fresh lobster. Also do you know if a little seansonal fish takeout named “STs” still exist in Newcastle NB? They had the best fish. We now live in Washington state, along ways from you guys, but enjoy a walk down memory lane, and maybe will return for some new memories. Thanks, Edie

      • Sorry Edie I havent been in Newcastle, NB for years and the fish takeout may very well be still there. You are welcome to come back any time and enjoy the hospitality of the Maritimes. Good luck with the Chow Chow and with your Mid Term Elections. I am a bit of a political nut so I am chasing the results here from one channel to another. Take care, George

  5. Posted by Edie Wells on November 3, 2010 at 01:54

    Yes we are watching intently also. Murray/Rossi, but also our county results, all very interesting at all levels. Done with the chow chow tonight, but did find a scone recipe on this website, so may try those tomorrow. Have not had a scone since 1983, when we left NB. As you can see we are “foodies”. Thanks for your help and keep the faith for us Yanks, we need all the good thoughts we can get. Edie


    • Morning Edie. I just checked the WA results and Murray/Rossi are still running neck to neck – very close indeed. We will continue to watch and support our American friends. Actually I think with the house now in Republican hands and the Senate conrtolled by Dems there will be more will to pass legislation then previously. If not he Republicans will be judged by their contrariness and uncoperativeness and it could hurt them in 2012 Presidential election. Oh well what do I know. Take care. George


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