A while back, fellow BBBabe Tanna (My Kitchen in Half Cups) emailed Mark Bittman’s recipe for tomato jam. And as our local vegetable stores had beautiful Ontario plum tomatoes galore, I decided I had to try it.
The recipe called for a pound and a half of tomatoes. Not being sure exactly how many tomatoes that was, I just got a good shot. And as it happened, I got exactly a pound.
It made two small jars of jam. Very sweet jam. Here is what I did to make Bittman’s recipe:
based on Mark Bittman’s recipe for tomato jam, published in NYTimes August 2008
- 1 lb ripe plum tomatoes, chopped roughly
- 2/3 c sugar
- 4 tsp lemon juice
- 1 inch fresh ginger, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 jalapeño, diced
- Dump everything into a non-reactive medium sized pot. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Stir, stir, stir with a wooden spoon to stop the sugar from burning.
- When it comes to a boil, lower the heat to a simmer. Stir from time to time until it is the consistency of thick jam. (Bittman says this will take just a little over an hour; it took me about 15 minutes.) Taste, and realize that it’s really really really sweet. Make a note that next time, you’ll add much less sugar. And maybe another pepper.
- Put into a sterilized glass jar. Process it for 10 minutes if you are canning. Otherwise put in the fridge to keep for up to a week.
* Bittman called for lime juice rather than lemon juice. When he was experimenting with the recipe, he used lemon juice, vinegar and then lime and said he preferred the lime. (I’ll try lime juice next time.)
** The next time I make this (there will be a next time), I’ll add less sugar and more peppers.
*** Tanna felt that there was too much ginger. She also mentioned that one jalopeno doesn’t create much heat. I should have paid more attention to that….
And how did it taste? It’s delicious. But. Wow!! Sweeeeeeeet…. To me, it’s more like a sweet chutney than jam. Actually, it’s more like really terrific ketchup.
Thank you, Tanna!! Ketchup has long been on our list of things to make.
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