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Tomato~Basil Jam 
Oct. 20, 2011 12:12 pm 
Updated: Aug. 4, 2013 5:45 pm
I know, I bet you are saying..."What?? Who ever thought of making jam out of tomatoes??!!"  ~ well, I would love to take credit for the idea, but someone else beat me to it.  So instead, I will share the recipe with all of you and deliver a short tutorial on how to make the luscious stuff... and trust me, it is SO good slathered on a crusty loaf of bread atop cream cheese or use it in your favourite grilled cheese sandwich!

Such a bright, vibrant red colour too! Here is what you will need in the way of ingredients:

2 1/2 lbs ripe, Roma (Plum) Tomatoes (about 11 large), peeled
1/4 cup Lemon Juice
3 Tbsp snipped fresh Basil
3 cups Sugar
1  1.75 ounce (49 gram) package powdered fruit pectin for lower-sugar recipes**

Here is what you need to do:

Peel, seed and core tomatoes (a time-consuming, MESSY job, but well worth it)

Measure out 4 cups chopped tomatoes; place in a 6 - 8 qt, stainless steel, enamel or non-stick heavy pot.
Bring to boiling, stirring occasionally; reduce heat and simmer, covered, for about 10 minutes, stirring often.
Measure out 3 1/3 cups tomatoes and return to pot, stir in the lemon juice and basil...

Next... in a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup sugar with the powdered pectin, mix well and stir into the tomato mixture.  Bring to a full, rolling boil, stirring constantly.

Stir in the remaining 2 3/4 cups sugar.  Return to a full, rolling boil, stirring constantly.  Boil hard for one (1) minute, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat and quickly skim off any foam with a metal spoon.

Ladle hot jam into hot, sterilized half-pint canning jars, leaving a 1/4" head space.  Wipe jar rims; adjust lids.

Process filled jars in a boiling-water canner for 5 minutes (start timing when water returns to boiling).  Remove jars from canner; cool on wire racks and let sit for 24 hours undisturbed.


Makes 5 half-pints.
Per Tablespoon: 39 cal., 0 g fat (0 g sat. fat), 9 mg cholesterol, 4 mg sodium, 10 g carb., 0 g fiber, 0 g protein

** Do not substitute the regular powdered pectin for the one that is specifically for lower-sugar recipes as your jam will not set.

Oct. 20, 2011 1:30 pm
I wonder if this could be made into freezer jam? This sounds SO good!!!
Oct. 21, 2011 4:42 am
Oct. 21, 2011 4:42 am
There's a tomato freezer jam for you,Goodfood4ursoul!
Oct. 21, 2011 5:06 am
Great tutorial, Gitano! Pretty pics!
Oct. 21, 2011 9:53 am
thanks, it looks so yummy! :)
Oct. 21, 2011 2:23 pm
I KNEW there was a reason I bought a plum tomato plant today!
Aug. 4, 2013 5:45 pm
We made this last night! It was GREAT! We took it to a breakfast at church and two jars were completely eaten in an hour.
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When I first got married many years ago, we got our first microwave and I attempted to cook carrots in a corningware dish with a glass lid...anyway, I inadertantly set the timer for 25 minutes and went out in the backyard, next thing I knew the glass lid of the corningware was a molten mass and the carrots had turned into little charcoal briquettes! My husband has never let me hear the end of that one! :)
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