Old-fashioned chow chow is typically made with green tomatoes, and a good recipe calls for chopping 12 1/2 pounds of green tomatoes, placing them into a large bowl. Chop 8 large onions and 10 green bell peppers, adding them to the green tomatoes. Mix in 3 teaspoons salt and allow mixture to stand overnight. Drain the vegetable mixture and add 6 chopped green chile peppers.
Stir in 1 quart distilled white vinegar, 1 3/4 cups white sugar and 1/2 cup prepared horseradish. Place 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves,1 tablespoon each ground cinnamon and ground allspice into a piece of cheesecloth or a porous bag, wrapping securely. Place the spices into a pot along with the vegetable mixture and boil for 15 minutes. Let cool, pour into sterilized jars and seal tightly.
Classic Amish chow chow uses an alternative vegetable mixture, and a large heat-proof bowl is required for this recipe. In a large bowl, combine 2 cups each thawed and cut frozen cauliflower, thawed frozen sliced carrots, thawed frozen cut green beans and thawed frozen cut yellow wax beans. Stir in 1 can drained and rinsed red kidney beans, 1 large coarsely chopped onion and 1/2 red bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch pieces. In a saucepan, combine 2 cups water, 1 cup white vinegar and 2 1/2 cups sugar.
Stir in 1/2 teaspoon each celery seed and salt along with 1/4 teaspoon tumeric. Bring mixture to a boil while stirring occasionally, and then pour slowly over vegetable mixture. Allow mixture to cool and refrigerate until serving time.