How to make Southern Chow-Chow - (North American Pickled Relish)

1 small cabbage, chopped
6 to 8 green or red tomatoes, chopped
6 medium bell peppers, chopped
6 large onions, chopped
2 hot peppers, chopped
3 cups sugar
5 cups white vinegar
1/4 cup salt or pickling salt

Combine the chopped vegetables in a large nonreactive kettle or bowl.
Add the salt and stir to combine thoroughly.
Cover and let stand for 4 hours or refrigerate overnight.

Drain the vegetables and rinse thoroughly.
In a large nonreactive stockpot bring the vinegar, brown sugar, and seeds and spices to a boil.

Reduce heat to medium low and continue simmering for 5 minutes.
Add the drained vegetables and bring back to a boil.

Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 10 minutes.
With a slotted spoon, pack the vegetables into prepared jars.

Cover vegetables with the pickling liquid, leaving about 1/4-inch headspace. With a clean dampened cloth, wipe the rims of the jars.

Place the flat lids on the jars then close caps with screw-on rings tightly, but do not over-tighten.

Arrange the filled jars in the canner and add more water, as needed, to be at least 1 inch above the jars. Bring to a full boil.

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