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Tomato Jam

10/26/2011 1:12:37 PM

Tags: tomatoes, jam, Sue Van Slooten, Sue Van Slooten

Tomato JamTomato jam is a really unusual jam, and I heartily urge you to try it. If you have a lot of tomatoes in your garden, now is the time. I tried it one year when I was totally overrun, and was I ever pleasantly surprised. Apparently tomato jam is very popular in South Africa of all places. This was a Better Homes & Gardens recipe, and it calls for ground coriander — do use it, it really makes a difference in the taste. It’s really easy to make (see below for tomato sieve), another plus, and also, you don’t have to do the jar thing, you can freeze it, which makes it even easier and turns out very well.    

Ingredients: 

3 pounds (6 large or 9 medium) fully ripe tomatoes 

4 cups sugar  *See note to make a low sugar version. 

1/2 tsp ground coriander 

1 package lemon jello (small box) 

2 tsp shredded lemon peel  

Process: 

The original recipe said to peel, quarter and seed the tomatoes. I’d be there all year making this. If you have a tomato sieve, it would really make your life easier. If you’re putting up a lot of tomatoes for the winter, you probably already own that or a similar contraption (I hear some are even electric, but have never been able to find such a thing). You can find such things in serious cookware stores and the like. They aren’t always easy to find, I will warn you. The old Italians used to use a cone-shaped sieve with something that looked like a shrunken baseball bat, if you have that and like it, by all means. Mine is stainless steel with a crank, you put the cooked down tomatoes in it, crank away till most of the moisture is gone, and voila, you have a beautifully smooth puree that makes a lovely jam with no seeds and peels.  Anyways, I’m a little ahead of myself. You still need to cook the tomatoes down so that they aren’t whole tomatoes anymore. Sieve your tomatoes, and proceed.   

You should have about 2 ½ cups juice (this method also leaves you with a wonderful tomato juice, should you want to stop right now, forget the jam, and just drink the juice). Add your sugar and coriander, heat to boiling. Add the package of lemon jello and lemon peel, and stir until dissolved. Ladle jam into hot, clean, sterilized jars or the aforementioned freezer containers, leaving the customary 1” for head space. Let stand at room temperature for a couple of hours to set jam. It will keep in the refrigerator for 3 weeks, or up to a year in the freezer. Makes about 5 half-pints.  

*Low sugar version. 

You can very successfully substitute 1/2 cup Equal and lower the sugar to 1½ cups if you are on a low sugar (diabetic) diet. Substitute the regular lemon jello with the diet or sugarless (Equal) version. It does cut the carbs significantly. Just add the Equal after you’ve boiled the juice, at the end of the cooking time.  I chose Equal in this case as I think it tastes better with fruits and veggies, but you can also use Splenda, in which case you can add it with the jello. I do try to limit the amount of artificial sweeteners I use, so feel free to cut it or eliminate it altogether to your taste.    

 



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haryhart
7/10/2014 4:05:51 AM
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scottailor
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Vanessa Lail
8/30/2012 2:40:53 AM
Where do you get the cute decorative bands and lids?

Denise Young
8/29/2012 11:47:47 PM
yes there is a recipe you can use to can this jam, use sure-gel less sugar, it works great! I also add apple to mine sometimes and it tastes wonderful. been making this for years.

Margalo Ashley-Farrand
5/21/2012 1:43:40 PM
Why in the world would Mother Earth News publish a recipe with Equal as a sweetener alternative, when it is well known that it causes health problems. This is ridiculous when there are healthy ones available, such as stevia, xylitol (birch sap) and others!

DAN MOFFETT
4/1/2012 3:30:52 PM
The sudden death of my wife of 37 years from diet related causes let me to an in depth study of health and nutrition. I discovered that we have been lied to by our government, big food and the medical profession. I've learned that the sweeteners and grains are killing us. The wheat we have today is not the same wheat we ate as children. It has been changed so much that it is actually harmful to us. I've lost 155 pounds in the past 2 years by putting sugar, starches, wheat and bad oil out of my diet. I now live a low carb high fat (LCHF) lifestyle. There are two books that you MUST read: "Wheat Belly" by Dr. William Davis, and "Why We Get Fat And What To Do About It" by Gary Taubes. These books will change your life. I tell my story on an online blog.

DAN MOFFETT
4/1/2012 3:28:20 PM
The sudden death of my wife of 37 years from diet related causes let me to an in depth study of health and nutrition. I discovered that we have been lied to by our government, big food and the medical profession. I've learned that the sweeteners and grains are killing us. The wheat we have today is not the same wheat we ate as children. It has been changed so much that it is actually harmful to us. I've lost 155 pounds in the past 2 years by putting sugar, starches, wheat and bad oil out of my diet. I now live a low carb high fat (LCHF) lifestyle. There are two books that you MUST read: "Wheat Belly" by Dr. William Davis, and "Why We Get Fat And What To Do About It" by Gary Taubes. These books will change your life. I tell my story on an online blog.

DARNELL ASHURST-THOMAS
10/28/2011 2:55:12 PM
Great Tomato Jam Recipe!

Sarah larson
10/27/2011 5:04:54 PM
What's with the jello? Isn't there a recipe to actually can and have for the winter? Using something artificial really doesn't fit in with the "Mother Earth" concept.










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