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Tomato Jam

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This bright red jam is kind of like a homemade ketchup, but so much better. Use it as you would ketchup or any condiment. Its fresh tomato flavor works wonders on burgers or hot dogs, scrambled eggs and all kinds of sandwiches.

Makes 7 quarts.

Why try? If you have never tried homemade jam, you should. It’s like nothing like making homemade cookies.

Foodie Byte: Using a blender makes this a really easy-to-make recipe. Much easier than using a wood mill or sieve.

Read our article on the renewed popularity of pickling and preserving—more recipes, too!.

 

Ingredients

  • 12 pounds ripe tomatoes, blanched, peeled and quartered
  • 1 pound onions, quartered
  • 1/2 pound red bell peppers, cut into strips
  • 1/2 pound green bell peppers, cut into strips
  • 4 1/2 cups cider vinegar
  • 4 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/8 cup canning or pickling salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dry mustard
  • 2 teaspoons sweet or hot paprika
  • 2 teaspoons whole allspice
  • 2 teaspoons whole cloves
  • 1 3-inch cinnamon sticks

Preparation

1. To blanch - wash tomatoes. Tomatoes are easily peeled by dipping in boiling water for 1 minute, then in cold water. To prepare pulp, remove pits from peeled tomatoes, then chop. Cook until soft, adding only enough water to prevent sticking (about 1/2 cup). Press through a sieve, food mill, blender or food processor.
2. In manageable batches, process the tomatoes, onions, red and green bell peppers in a blender until pureed, about 5 seconds each batch.
3. Place the mixture into a large non-reactive saucepan. Stir together well and bring to a boil, stirring often, over medium heat. Boil gently, stirring often and thoroughly, for 1 hour.
4. Stir in cider vinegar, sugar and canning or pickling salt.
5. In a moist square cheese cloth tie in dry mustard, paprika, allspice, cloves and cinnamon sticks and add to the tomato mixture.
6. Continue boiling gently and stirring until the mixture is reduced by half and mounds up on a spoon with no separation of liquid and solids. It will continue to thicken as it cools. Remove and discard the spice bag. Place in a sterilized container while hot; let cool, then cover and refrigerate for up to 1 month.
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