In a very large bowl or kettle, combine all the vegetables except the kidney beans. Pour the salt and water over the vegetables. Soak for about 4 hours. Drain off the water. In a large stockpot combine the vinegar, sugar, and all the remaining spices. Bring to a boil. Add the drained vegetables. Bring to a boil again & cook for an additional 10 minutes. Add the kidney beans and cook for 5 more minutes. Ladle an amount to be eaten within a week into a bowl. Allow to cool slightly, then cover and refrigerate. Immediately ladle the remaining chow-chow into canning jars. Process in a boiling water bath canner or a pressure cooker.