Tis the season for tomatoes…
I ended up with more tomatoes than we could eat or give away. I didn’t want these beauties to go to waste and thats when I remembered Grandma’s Tomato Jam Recipe. It’s so good that I wanted to share it with you.
Grandma’s Recipe was simple: Tomatoes, Sugar and Lemon or lime juice. Her recipe is wonderful but I am a big fan of heat & sweet. I wanted to put my TaylorMade spin on a classic of hers.
One other thing I would like to note.. Grandma boiled the skin off of the tomatoes. I do not. Reason? It saves a heck of a lot of time and the tomatoes cook down so much that it doesn’t matter. The texture is great. We also can salsa and tomato sauce without peeling the skins.
I have made this tomato jam with all sorts of heirloom tomatoes. This particular batch was made with yellow tomatoes that turn the jam an orange color. If you use red tomatoes, it will be a dark red with a hint of brown colored jam. Cooking the jam intensifies the color as well as the flavor.
This sweet and savory tomato jam which can be offered as a dip, condiment or spread. Tomato jam/jellies/preserves are delicious, sweet and versatile. Perfect for Summer’s abundance of tomatoes from the garden and local Farmers Markets.
This tomato jam recipe can be used as a spread on crusty bread or sandwiches, as a nice topping on grilled dishes and is divine paired with cream cheese and spread on crackers.
This sweet, salty, spicy tomato jam would be excellent on bread or crackers with some goat cheese or brie – serve it with grilled sausage, spiced lamb kabobs or steak, use it in place of ketchup on a burger, or try it as a glaze for roasted chicken or pork – Just a few ideas that I think you will love.
Don’t like spicy – leave out the thai chili
Don’t have thai chili – substitute serrano chili, chipotle pepper, red pepper flakes, cayenne, jalapeño, etc.
You could also add ginger or ground cloves if you like those spices.. I kind of have an aversion to clove after I decided to freshly grind cloves for a recipe years ago. I couldn’t get the smell out of my house for weeks. just thinking about it makes me gag a little. LOVE Cinnamon, nutmeg but not clove.