I am summering it hard over here lately. Living in linen, silk, and straw, drinking sun tea on the porch, and devouring freshly-plucked fruits and veggies from my garden. The tomatoes have been so abundant this year, we can hardly eat them all.
I experience the seasons most through cooking, and this tomato jam is the most summery southern experience I’ve had so far.
This low-maintenence recipe has eight simple ingredients and is perfect to make on an afternoon of hanging around the house. Make it while lounging lazily or gardening maniacally. After getting it started, it pretty much makes itself.
Start by blanching 2 lbs. of tomatoes.
Remove the stem scar and cut a cross into the bottom of every tomato.
Place the tomatoes into a pot of boiling water. Let them sit for 30 seconds, and remove immediately. Submerge the tomatoes in an ice bath to remove the skins.
Puree the tomatoes, then add to a sauce pot. Add 1/2 onion diced, 1 1/2 cups brown sugar, 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1/2 tsp cumin, 1/4 tsp cinnamon. Let the ingredients simmer on low for about two hours, stirring occasionally so the bottom doesn’t scorch.
The jam is ready when the consistency is thick and no longer runny.
Store in an air-tight jar.
Tomato jam is especially yummy on toast with goat cheese.
A little bit sweet, a little bit savory, very southern, very delicious.
Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 2 hr
- 2 lbs. Tomatoes
- 1/2 Onion, diced
- 1 1/2 cups Brown Sugar
- 1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
- 1/2 tsp Cumin
- 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
- Boil large pot of water. Cut out stem scar and cut X's on bottom of tomatoes. Prepare an ice bath. Add tomatoes to boiling water for 30 secs, then quickly remove and place in ice bath. Remove skins. Puree tomatoes and add to sauce pot with remaining ingredients. Simmer low for 2 hrs, stirring occasionally. Store in air-tight jar.
Sarah Snyder is a freelance photographer, pastry chef and barista. She spends her free time photographing beautiful people, creating recipes for her blog, tending to her garden, hiking, listening to records, crocheting, and reading.
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