Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins

This is a very good old time jam thats great on toasted english muffins-not to mention a great way to use a surplus of tomatoes.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 3 lbs fully ripe tomatoes
  • 1 lemon, sliced very thin
  • 1 package powdered fruit pectin
  • 4 cups sugar


  1. Scald, peel, core and quarter tomatoes-Squeeze out seeds and juice reserving only the pulp.
  2. Bring to a boil, reduce and simmer for 10 minutes-stirring frequently-uncovered.
  3. Measure-you want 3 cups of pulp.
  4. Put pulp, lemons and pectin in a large pot-stainless or enamel.
  5. Bring to a full boil stirring constantly.
  6. Add sugar and boil rapidly for another 3 min.
  7. Cool for 5 min, stirring often.
  8. Ladle into clean, hot jars leaving 1/4 inch head space.
  9. Process for 10 minutes at altitudes up to 1000 feet.
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I made the recipe, however, I added Mixed Pickling Spices, tied in a Cheesecloth, and let it marinate over night after boiling for 15 minutes. I also added the ginger root inside the Cheesecloth. I am entering it in the State Fair. Wish me luck!

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Hi DiB's, I have been making this for 20 years and everyone loves it after they get over the shock of Tomates being sweet jam.With my kids grown up I make it into freezer jam now. Thanks for posting it.

Not to sure of the canning method required here. It sounds delicious but let me add this comment if I may. Acidification: To ensure safe acidity in whole, crushed, or juiced tomatoes, add two tablespoons of bottled lemon juice or 1/2 teaspoon of citric acid per quart of tomatoes. For pints, use one tablespoon bottled lemon juice or 1/4 teaspoon citric acid. Acid can be added directly to the jars before filling with product. Add sugar to offset acid taste, if desired. Four tablespoons of a 5 percent acidity vinegar per quart may be used instead of lemon juice or citric acid. However, vinegar may cause undesirable flavor changes. thank you Chef Angela