I've talked about it here before, but one of my favorite summer things is growing tomatoes. They are FANTASTIC things, summer tomatoes. The very best thing. Winter tomatoes are nasty things, but summer - ahhhhh.
Last year I was exposed to the beauty, the wonder, the very elegance of tomato jam. Delicious with any meat, especially beef, fantastic with bacon on a sandwich, scrumptious on an everything bagel with veggie cream cheese. Truly, this stuff is generally just amazing.
I've shared jars of it with friends and I've been asked for the recipe several times, so I thought I'd post it here and hello! I made a video! Please go and watch it and try not to laugh too hard at my weird voice.
Please note: this is not my recipe. I have found many variations of the same recipe virtually all over the internets. Some call for chili flakes. Some use bacon. Some have vinegar (ugh.) My favorite calls for:
- 5 lbs. tomatoes (which was about 14 tomatoes for me)
- 3.5 cups sugar
- 2 t grated ginger (I use the squeeze tube because, lazy)
- 2 t. cinnamon
- 1 T salt
- 1/2 t cloves
- 1/2 cup lime juice
Combine it all and cook for about 1.5 hours. About 45 minutes in, boil canning jars and rings and allow to boil until ready to use. Put a glass plate in the freezer and when you think the jam is done (it darkens in color and thickens) drop a spoonful onto the cold plate and return to the freezer for a minute. If you can run your finger through the jam and the line doesn't fold in on itself, the jam is ready to be canned. Remove the jars from the boiling water and fill them with the hot jam. Wipe the threads of the jars, place the lids and rings on, and screw tightly closed. Drop back into the boiling water and boil for at least twenty minutes. Remove the jars from the boiling water and place on a towel (upside down) to cool overnight. The next morning, turn the jars right side up and check the seals.
This recipe makes about 5 small jars - and so I've made it aobut 6 times this summer. So far. I've also eaten I think 4 jars by myself. It is STUPID good.