Amish Chow Chow by Sarah Price

Amish Chow Chow by Sarah Price

What is it like to sit down at a dinner table with a family of Amish people? Well, for starters, you’ll hear a lot of noise. Bowls being passed, utensil scraping their plates, and chatter…especially if it is during the fellowship meal after worship.

But what do they serve?

A typical Amish meal is no different than what my parents would serve to us as children. However, my father was born and raised Mennonite, a good ole Dutch boy (as my mom calls him). So it’s hard to know if other families eat the same way, but here are a few items that are usually served:

Applesauce: a staple on the table
Plate full of sliced bread (usually home baked that day)
Potatoes… mashed or simply boiled
Fried chicken, ham steak, or plain meatballs
Cubed cheese
Cole slaw, fresh green beans, corn, or some other fresh vegetable

Today, I am sharing a recipe for Chow Chow, a popular side dish. Life on an Amish farm is simply not complete without Chow Chow. 🙂


1 pint of the following: green beans, yellow beans, cucumbers, lima beans, carrots, corn
1 head of cabbage
4 stalks celery
1/2 dozen green tomatoes
Large white onion
3 quarts vinegar
5 cups sugar
1 tablespoon celery seed

Cook the first four ingredients (vegetables) until they are tender and then drain them. Chop all ingredients (including the tomatoes and onions)  into small bite sizes. Drain and salt. Mix all ingredients together in a boiling syrup of vinegar, sugar, and celery seed. Heat, jar, and seal.

NOTE: If you don’t want to can it (i.e. save it for later), at least let it sit for a few days. It will taste better.

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2 Replies to “Amish Chow Chow by Sarah Price”

  1. Hi, Sarah!

    I grew up eating Chow Chow, too. As a child, I thought it was the worst, but our tastes change as we get older! I’ll have to try your recipe.

  2. My Mom, my aunt, and I used to make chow chow every year when I was in my 20’s , a long time ago. I’ll have to try it again.

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