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    Tomato Preserves

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    14 hrs 30 mins

    14 hrs

    30 mins

    Sharon123's Note:

    A lovely way to use up those tomatoes! From the Ball Blue Book of Canning! Prep time includes marinating time.

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    half pint

    Units: US | Metric


    1. 1
      Wash and drain tomatoes.
    2. 2
      Do not core tomatoes.
    3. 3
      Tie spices and gingerroot in a spice bag.
    4. 4
      Combine spice bag, sugar, lemon and water in a large saucepot.
    5. 5
      Simmer 15 minutes.
    6. 6
      Add tomatoes; cook gently until tomatoes become transparent, stirring frequently to prevent sticking.
    7. 7
      Remove from heat.
    8. 8
      Cover and let stand 12 to 18 hours in a cool place.
    9. 9
      Remove spice bag.
    10. 10
      Remove tomatoes and lemon from syrup.
    11. 11
      Boil syrup 2 to 3 minutes or longer to thicken.
    12. 12
      Return tomatoes and lemon to syrup; boil 1 minute.
    13. 13
      Remove from heat.
    14. 14
      Skim foam if necessary.
    15. 15
      Ladle hot preserves into hot jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace.
    16. 16
      Adjust two-piece caps.
    17. 17
      Process 20 minutes in a boiling-water canner.
    18. 18
      Yield: about 6 half-pints.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on January 20, 2014


      I like this recipe, but to me, it just tastes like fancier ketchup. I followed the recipe with a mix of red and black heirloom tomatoes and added kosher salt, cracked black pepper, and a few cloves of garlic(smashed but left whole to remove before canning). I skipped the step of straining the tomatoes and lemon slices before boiling again, since I let them cook a bit longer in the first boil they broke down nicely. I had to let my batch boil more than twice as long as stated but was rewarded with a nice, thick, and smooth jam. I will definitely make this again, but probably with some fresh herbs and red wine or balsamic vinegar instead of the pickling spices and ginger. I know my husband will like it on burgers as a twist on ketchup. And, it could be a nice glaze on meatballs for a party. If you're looking for quicker recipe, I would go for one with pectin added to it. If your tomatoes are very juicy, you will be standing there for a while stirring, otherwise. Either way, worth making if you're looking for something a little different.<br/>UPDATE1/19/14<br/>I made this recipe again today. I have tried a few other tomato jams and like this one the most. I did the same as last time with the mixture of heirloom and red tomatoes, salt, pepper, and garlic cloves. Added a splash of red wine vinegar and instead of slices of lemon, just the juice and zest of 2 lemons. The slices didn't quite break down as much as I had hoped, the first time. My husband and I really like this jam in grilled cheese sandwiches, breakfast egg and cheese sandwiches, and on homemade pizza. It may seem a little sweet or odd at first, but you will start to crave it once you give it a chance.

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    • on August 20, 2008


      i don't want to give a bad star rating so i won't, but i did not have success with this recipe. It tastes good but remained like a syrup not like a jam or preserve. I followed the recipe. I do not know what I did wrong. Help please, i have tons of ripe tomatoes. thnx

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    • on June 19, 2004


      You can also add one or two sprigs of lavender to this--just remove before putting in jars.

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    Nutritional Facts for Tomato Preserves

    Serving Size: 1 (2024 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 536.8
    Calories from Fat 3
    Total Fat 0.3 g
    Saturated Fat 0.0 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 32.5 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 137.4 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.9 g
    Sugars 133.2 g
    Protein 1.3 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    pickling spices


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