Several years ago, I discovered hot pepper jelly and fell in love with that sweet, savory and spicy combination. Fast forward a couple of years and I discovered tomato jam at some hip new restaurant on a charcuterie board. An amazing sweet, savory and spicy spread on creamy goat cheese on crostini. Oh my!
Then I discovered how easy it is to make at home with all those lovely garden tomatoes in abundance right now. The great thing about this recipe (loosely adapted from the National Center for Home Food Preservation) is that you can make a small batch and keep it in the fridge for about a month or you can make a large batch and safely preserve it in a water bath for a year.
I chose to can a batch in small jars perfect for little get togethers, Friday night wine and cheese with my hubby or for gift giving (spoiler alert for anyone one my Christmas list)!
Put that delicious jam on a burger or just about anything else coming off the BBQ! Goodbye ketchup.
Looking for some different spice combinations? Check out some of these options from fellow foodies who also like jammin’ with tomatoes.
Marissa over at Food in Jars has a no pectin canning recipe that starts in the oven! It looks mighty fine and I can only imagine the good things that happen while those tomatoes are roasting!
Mark Bittman has a small batch recipe in the NY Times with lime juice, cumin, cloves and cinnamon.
Kate at Cookie + Kate makes a 1 cup batch of jam with cherry tomatoes and turns it into a Tomato Jam and Mozza Panini that looks very posh.
Safe Canning Check!
Just be aware, not all tomato jam recipes can be safely preserved by water bath canning, remember tomato products need added acid. Any recipe that includes oil is also not a safe candidate for canning – those Clostridium Botulinum pathogens love low acid, moist, low oxygen environments!
What do you think? Are you up for trying some tomato jam?
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