{addictive} Sweet and Spicy Tomato Jam Recipe

With the last tomatoes of summer, there is something you must do. You must make jars and jars and jars of this extremely addictive tomato jam so you can have some until next summer comes.

It’s a little sweet, a little spicy, and a lot delicious. You can put it on toast with a little ricotta or cream cheese, you can put a little dish of it on a cheese platter, you can put a dollop on a pork chop or some chicken, or you can eat it straight from the jar. No judgment here.

If you just make it and put it in the fridge, it will keep for about a week. I like to make a sextuple or octuple batch and pressure-can it so I can save it for later and give little jars as gifts. If you want to make a big batch, you can bargain with your local tomato seller- they’ll usually sell you a bunch of the overripe ones for a much cheaper price.

Sweet and Spicy Tomato Jam

makes about 1/2 pint

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lbs ripe to overripe tomatoes, cored and roughly chopped
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 Tblsp lime or lemon juice
  • 2 inch piece fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 medium jalapeño, seeds removed, chopped finely
  • 1 tsp freshly ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp salt

Method:

  • Put everything in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring often.
  • Turn heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thick and jam-like, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
  • Cool and refrigerate or decant into jars and can them. For information on how to safely can jam, see this site.
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10 comments

1 Anna { 10.07.11 at 7:29 pm }

I am doing all gifts this Christmas with this year’s theme “labor lof love”. I want all of my gifts for freinds and relatives either pastries or canned fruits and veggies. I have another recipe to try. Thanks for making my theme more achievable!

2 Janet Barton { 10.07.11 at 8:20 pm }

I had a bowl of extremely ripe tomatoes from my garden and made this jam. The smell of my house was divine. I decided to taste a bit that was left in the pan. It was so good that I started to eat it with a spoon right out of the jar. So delicious. I will definitely make a huge batch and can it for my storage. This is be our bread spread for panini’s. Thank you

3 Karen { 10.08.11 at 9:16 am }

@Janet – that is so great to hear! I’m glad you loved it as much as I did. Thank you so much for sharing that with me!

4 Karen { 10.08.11 at 9:17 am }

@Anna – I love your “labor of love” idea – very creative and heartfelt! Good luck with the recipe and with your gifting.

5 Lora { 10.09.11 at 8:17 am }

This looks incredible. Mouth. Watering.
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6 Karen { 10.10.11 at 11:15 am }

Thanks Lora! That plum strudel looks pretty mouth-watering too… :)

7 Dana { 10.12.11 at 7:34 am }

:( Now I wish I still had tomatoes left.
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