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Mrs Sands' Chow Chow

On 8/16/2018 5:13 PM, Jack wrote:

Hi, I was born and raised in the Tacony section of Philly.† One of my favorite foods 
to have with breakfast on Sunday was Mrs Sands Chow Chow.. I have searched everywhere 
for even a trace of Mrs Sands products.† I assume it was Philly centric as was Ritter 
Ketchup.†It had Lima beans in it and cauliflower in a mustard base.†Any info appreciated 
on either the recipe of Mrs Sands products.

Thank you


Hello Jack,

Mrs Sands Foods was local to Pennsylvania, but not necessarily to Philadelphia. The business gave Norristown, PA as its address, and was actually located on a farm at Port Indian, PA, just outside Norristown. The owner is given as "Mrs DeSolms" or "Mrs De Solms" on the jars.† "Mrs Sands Chow Chow" jars can be found on sites that sell antiques, such as Ebay. See the photos of the jars here:

Mrs Sands' Chow Chow Green Label

Mrs Sands' Chow Chow Red Label

You can read the ingredients on the jar labels: pickles, celery, onions, beans, corn, cauliflower, green tomatoes, peppers, salt, sugar, spices, vinegar, turmeric, mustard, cereal

There is a bit of the history of Port Indian, mentioning Mrs Sands Foods, here: History of Port Indian

Mrs Sands Foods was a local employer.† Many of the Adamson family worked there thru the years and other neighbors as well. We made potato salad, coleslaw, relishes, and horseradish.† We supplied all the local deliís and Genuardiís.† The business started out with Mrs. Sands traveling wagon and the salad in an enamel pan.† Those pans are still around someplace.† Where else could you sit in a circle on tiny wood chairs, peel potatoes and talk all day.† It was hard work but no stress!

These bits are all that I could find. I don't hold out much hope for a recipe, but I'll post this for reader input.† One of Mrs De Solms' descendants might contact me. Also, someone who is familiar with Mrs Sand's products might be able to recommend a "tastes-like".

I did a search to see if I could find a chow chow recipe with similar ingredients to Mrs Sands' chow chow. I didn't find an exact match, but I found a couple that are similar. See:

Amish Village

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