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Jul 16, 2013 02:25 PM

Lost my mom's sweet chili sauce recipe ...

I'm from Ontario. My late mother used to make a sweet chili sauce which was great on eggs as well as other stuff.
We lost the recipe, but here's what I remember.
- It was not spicy at all, just piquant.
- It had peeled, chopped fresh tomatoes, green peppers, onions and celery.
- One of the first steps in preparing it was that these veggies were salted, then left overnight. I'm pretty sure she drained them of excess juices after that, and before proceeding.
- There was brown sugar and vinegar involved.
- I can remember mustard seeds in it as well, I'm pretty confident.
- It was canned into mason jars.
I'm afraid that's about all I've got. Can anyone help us resurrect this old family recipe?
Thanks in advance,

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  1. I would buy a jar of the tomato-rich chili sauce sold next to the ketchup at supermarkets. Taste it and start tinkering.

    1. I think you are looking for something like this:

      If you want to reduce the cooking time, you could use drain the juices as your mother did with no harm.

      I haven't made it, but, in general, the Ball canning recipes are good (and safe!).

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      1. re: dkenworthy

        Yes, that looks pretty close. That salting thing just reduces the cooking time, does it?

      2. Chili Sauce

        from Heinz Vinegar - Pickling Booklet 1940's -
        "How To Use Heinz Vinegar for Victory Garden Pickling".

        1-1/2 cups Heinz Distilled White Vinegar
        2 teaspoons whole cloves
        1 teaspoon coarsely broken stick cinnamon
        1 teaspoon celery seed
        2-3/4 pounds (11 medium) tomatoes, peeled
        1 Tablespoon chopped onion
        1/2 cup sugar
        1/2 teaspoon powdered red pepper
        2-3/4 pounds (11 medium) tomatoes, peeled
        1/2 cup sugar
        1 Tablespoon salt

        Combine Vinegar and spices. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat. Let Vinegar stand to absorb spices. Combine 2-3/4 pounds tomatoes, onion, 1/2 cup sugar and red pepper in a large cooking vessel. Boil vigorously, stirring constantly, for 30 minutes. Stir in additional 2-3/4 pounds tomatoes and 1/2 cup sugar. Boil vigorously, stirring constantly, for 30 minutes longer. Strain Vinegar and discard spices. Combine salt with spiced Vinegar and add to boiling tomato mixture. Continue boiling mixture for 30 minutes, stirring constantly. Pour while boiling, into hot sterilized jars filling o 1/4 inch from top. Seal each jar immediately after it is filled. To help retain color,wrap jar individually in brown paper before storing.

        Yields 2-1/2 pints.

        NOTE: If this recipe is doubled a longer cooking time will probably be required and a slightly darker product may result.

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        1. re: Antilope

          Chili Sauce

          12 medium-sized ripe tomatoes
          1 pepper,finely chopped
          1 onion, finely chopped
          2 cups Cider Vinegar
          3 Tablespoons sugar
          1 Tablespoon salt
          2 teaspoons cinnamon
          2 teaspoons clove
          2 teaspoons allspice
          2 teaspoons grated nutmeg.

          Peel tomatoes and slice. Put in a preserving kettle
          with remaining ingredients. Heat gradually to boiling
          point and cook slowly two-and-a-half hours.

          Source: 1920's Wayne County Vinegar recipe booklet.

          1. re: Antilope

            Awesome old recipes Antilope,

            My parents made a ton of Chili Sauce every year when I was a kid. What a mess it was, always resulted in some swearing, and after all the hours of work and clean up, we got hot dogs for dinner because they were both exhausted. Ah, the memories...

        2. That one looks pretty close I think.

          1. Hello, Your Post makes me Smile, I have fond myself here, Looking for the Very Same Sweet Chili Recipe. My late Mother was French Canadian, and at Every Breakfast , Sweet Chili Sauce was Served. I have been Searching for Days, my mothers also had Cellery in it. That has been the Tricky part of the Recipe. Please Try, hope this Helps.