When it comes to Maritime Green Tomato Chow, no one does it better than my dear friend Marie Walsh. She is an amazing cook and has been bringing traditional PEI flavours to my kitchen for years. I was searching for a green tomato recipe to share with my Adopted Tomato family and she shared this one for her Traditional Chow.
So what is Maritime Chow?
It is an amazing sweet green tomato and onion relish Islanders serve with anything from Fish cakes to Beef Tourtiere. It is a pantry staple you’ll reach for often to jazz up your own favourite dish.
Making this condiment is a two day process however; so you will want to be prepared for a bit of journey. Clear some room in both your fridge and your schedule and get ready to create an amazing recipe to kick off the canning season.
Traditional Maritime Green Tomato ChowPrint This
- 16 quarts of Green Tomatoes diced
- 1 large White Onion
- 1 Red Pepper diced
- 1/4 cup salt
- 4 1/2 cups of Granulated Sugar
- 3 1/2 cups of White Pickling Vinegar
- 3 Tbsp Pickling Spice wrapped in a cheese cloth or spice bag
- Place your Green Tomatoes and White onion in a large bowl. Sprinkle with the salt and fill the bowl with water until the mixture is just covered. Allow to sit overnight in the refrigerator.
- Add the diced red pepper to the mixture in the morning and allow to soak for one hour.
- Drain the water from the bowl and place Tomato mixture into a large heavy bottomed pot. Add your sugar, vinegar, and spice bag. Bring to a boil and then reduce hit to simmer for the next 2 – 3 hours. Be sure to stir often to avoid sticking.
- Once the chow has cooked and the mixture has reduced and thickened, ladle into 6-7 500ml sterilized and hot canning jars. Process as per Canadian Canning Guidelines.