Up to this day, I still don’t know how I went from hating the taste of tomatoes to loving it and craving anything with fresh tomatoes. Also, why I have not heard about this oh so wonderful and delicious thing called tomato jam until just a few weeks ago? My neighbor was actually telling me about her homemade tomato jam that she made using the tomatoes that we gave her. You see, we have tons of fruits and vegetables growing in our backyard, so it’s a normal thing for us to bring some of our extra harvest over to our neighbors’ house. And I do have to admit, the produce growing in our backyard tastes a lot better than some of the vegetables you buy at the supermarket!
Mhmm. Thinking of this tomato jam just makes my mouth water a little. My neighbor actually told me that Knott’s was the only place that actually sold tomato jam, but they don’t have it anymore. Good thing this is a super easy recipe to make!
- 10 large, ripe tomatoes
- 2-3 cups sugar
Wash the tomatoes, cut into wedges, removing stalks. Do not remove the peel or seeds!
Put wedges into pot, heating over medium heat.
As the tomatoes begin to get heated, mash the tomatoes until it becomes a pulpy texture.
Add sugar and mix well.
Stir mixture every 60 minutes or so, just to make sure tomatoes do not get burnt.
When the liquid is evaporated, tomatoes should have a jam-like consistency. (This step may take anywhere from 3-6 hours!)
A look at the beautiful organic tomatoes growing in our backyard.
Mini tomatoes! I basically snack on them like it’s my job.
No need to add water!
Who knew this would ever come in handy? I think this is for mashing potatoes but I’m not sure since I’ve never even made mashed potatoes.
Be patient while you’re waiting for your jam! Stir often and wait until the texture is sticky and jammy.
The thing I love about tomato jam is that you can eat it sweet or salty! You could eat this with toast like any normal fruit jam, or you could add it on some french bread, a tortilla, or anything your heart desires.
I happen to think that around 2 cups of sugar is perfect because it maintains the taste of the tomato. I’ve seen other recipes that call for 6 to 7 cups of sugar, but it’s really up to you. If you like your jam to be really sweet, then you’ll need more than 3 cups of sugar! Just taste and add accordingly. This is the simplest tomato jam recipe out there, which I like because you can really preserve the savory taste of the tomato. However, if you like to kick it up a notch with some other flavors, be sure to check out Mark’s recipe, Jennie’s recipe, or Marisa’s recipe.
Bon appétit! ♥