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Amish Chowchow

Chowchow, regional mixed vegetable relish, is a family favorite in Pennsylvania and the Southeast. This Amish sweet cucumber relish is full of vegetables like green tomatoes. Chowchow relish is a delicious treat.


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Cooking Time20 min


  • 2 cups onions, chopped
  • 2 cups cucumbers, sliced and unpeeled
  • 2 cups sweet peppers, chopped
  • 2 cups white cabbage, chopped
  • 2 cups green tomatoes, chopped and unpeeled
  • 2 cups lima beans
  • 2 cups green beans, cut
  • 2 cups carrots, sliced
  • 2 cups celery, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons celery seed
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon mustard seed
  • 4 cups cider vinegar
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup ground turmeric


  1. Soak cucumbers, peppers, cabbage, onions and tomatoes in salted water overnight. Use 1/2 cup salt for each quart of water.
  2. Cook lima beans, green beans, carrots and celery until barely tender, likely less than 10 minutes. Drain all vegetables well.
  3. Mix soaked and cooked vegetables with celery seed, mustard seed, cider vinegar, sugar and turmeric. Bring to boil, lower heat and simmer gently for 10 minutes.
  4. While hot, place is sterilized jars and seal at once.

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Yes, this seems odd, but I've been looking for an odd relish exactly like this, since I keep seeing odd relishes and slaws and sauces on Diner's Drive Ins, and Dives. I happen to love lima beans, so that's no problem for me, but I'm just going to use regular green and purple cabbage.

Where does the 2 cups of water fit in?

The 2 cups of water must be the water you cook them in when the recipe says "bring to a boil." The other water that's part of the brine says the salt to quart of water ratio, so that can't be the 2 cups of water since it's listed as quarts.

How much does this make in pints? I remember having something similar when I was young.

Hi Member 17255 - We have updated the recipe to include the amount of onion needed. As far as the celery is concerned, that is what the original recipe calls for. You could always change the quantity according to taste. Hope this helps! -The editors of RecipeLion

Don't see the quantity for the onion. Also 2 cups of celery and 2 T celery seed seems like a lot.

@sandrakay - Let us know how this recipe turns out if you make it using cauliflower instead of beans! - RecipeLion Editors

Thanks _ I wasn't thrilled with the lima beans- and the cauliflower sounds like a good idea.

Hello Member 14380, Thanks for commenting and thanks for the interesting information. Cheers!

Here in the United Kingdom, this traditional preserve is called Piccalilli, but instrad of the cabbage, we use cauliflower florets, and we dont put in Lima beans.


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