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Tomato Jam

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Tomato Jam

I first made tomato jam a few years ago as an accompaniment to a decadent Middle Eastern-inspired meal in honor of my friend Nadia and her then-boyfriend, Martin who’d made the long trek out from Boston to visit us in Berkeley. Nadia is an adventurous cook and an appreciative eater so we ended up spending a lot of our time together in the kitchen.

Tomato jam

In addition to the spiced tomato jam, the meal feast included tzatziki (a.k.a., cucumber yogurt salad), lemon-scented quinoa with tahini and chickpeas, hummus topped with caramelized onions, Greek yogurt, roasted golden beets, pinenuts, and cilantro, and a green salad and some pita to round it all out. Needless to say, no one went hungry.

So when I saw this enticing recipe for tomato jam on Food In Jars (an awesome canning and preserving blog written by Marisa McClellan) I realized that it’s been too long since I’ve made this delectable jam. In fact, not only have Nadia and Martin had time to tie the knot since I last made tomato jam, they now have an extremely cute 8-month-old, too. Looks like I’ve been slacking!

A spoonful of sweet, spicy tomato jam by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2011

Marisa’s recipe below is nearly identical to the Mark Bittman recipe I first used. I don’t think you could go wrong with either one but since I’ve already posted about the Bittman one, I’ll give Food In Jars’ version a try. As canning projects go, this one is easy.

You wash your tomatoes.

Tomatoes by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2011

Chop them up.

Chopping tomatoes for tomato jam by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2011

Grate some fresh ginger.

Grating ginger by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2011

Simmer it in a pot with lime juice, sugar, salt and a few ground spices until it gets thick and gooey.

Tomato jam reducing by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2011

Fill your sterilized jars with the hot jam and toss them into the canning pot for a bit.

Tomato jam in the canner by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2011

Et voilá! You have tomato jam – sweet, salty, spicy. Try this delectable jam on bread or crackers with some goat cheese or brie, use it in place of ketchup on a veggie burger, or try it as a glaze for roasted eggplant – I think you will love it!

Jar of tomato jam by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2011

If you don’t want to bother with canning, just cut the proportions down accordingly to make a much smaller amount. It will keep in the fridge for up to a week in a tightly covered jar.

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Eve Fox

Eve is the creator of The Garden of Eating, a blog about food--cooking it, eating it, and growing it. She has a legendary love of aprons and can often be found salivating over the fruits and veggies at one of the many farmers’ markets near her home in Woodstock, NY. Want even more recipes, photos, giveaways, and food-related inspiration? "Like" the Garden of Eating on Facebook, or follow Eve on Twitter or Pinterest.

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11:21PM PDT on Aug 22, 2012

I just made this for the first time. I think it will make it to my repeat line up. I also sell jams and jellies and at the local farmers market and I can't wait to unveil this one this week.

11:21PM PDT on Aug 22, 2012

I just made this for the first time. I think it will make it to my repeat line up. I also sell jams and jellies and at the local farmers market and I can't wait to unveil this one this week.

6:33AM PST on Nov 18, 2011

Thankyou....

5:29PM PDT on Nov 4, 2011

Can't wait to make me some! Thanks so much!

2:30PM PDT on Oct 31, 2011

This is very good:)

5:24PM PDT on Oct 15, 2011

Sounds delicious! I'll have to try making this!
Thanks!

12:11PM PDT on Oct 12, 2011

One good tip: After removing sterilized jars, place them upside down on lids. The air in jars will be forced to bubble up through hot jam and sterilizes as well. Let them cool it this position.

5:53AM PDT on Oct 12, 2011

It looks so good! Thanks for posting

5:33AM PDT on Oct 12, 2011

Looks beautiful..thanks for the information

2:06AM PDT on Oct 12, 2011

So it is possible to make tomato jam. Good news!

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