Summertime Spiced Tomato Jam Recipe

Spicy Tomato Jam Preserves

Tomato jam is a recent addiction of mine. We took a day trip up to Russian River in Guerneville California and I experienced a breakfast sandwich at a local diner that slathered the toasted bun with a generous portion of tomato jam. It was sweet and spicy in all the right ways. I immediately knew that I would need to add the tomato jam to my list of things to can and began searching recipes from my phone while I waited for Joe to finish his breakfast.

Russian River is a well-know spot for river canoeing and tubing, and while it is a great way to celebrate the start of summer, I’m most excited when my garden begins to burst with a wide variety of fresh vegetables. Currently, we are feasting on cucumbers, a couple eggplant varieties, leeks, peppers and finally tomatoes. While all of the other vegetables are delicious, it’s the tomatoes that I most look forward to seeing ripen.

This week my tomatoes began to turn red as we headed into July so today I took advantage of my first good picking in order to make the tomato jam that I found myself craving. If anything, I’ve had to resist the urge to pick the tomatoes all week until they reached their full ripe redness this weekend. In the following recipe, I used a mix of standard tomatoes, paste tomatoes and cherry tomatoes. Feel free to mix and match what ever varieties you have available.

Freshly picked organic tomatoes

There are quite a few recipes online which all seem to be a variation on the National Center for Home Food Preservation’s Spiced Tomato Jam recipe, which for obvious reasons is a trusted site for canning recipes. I do get concerned when I see random folks making significant adjustments to recipes without the knowledge of food chemistry. Of course, one person who know’s her stuff is Marisa of Food in Jars and I liked her addition of grated fresh ginger, so I followed her lead.

Spiced Tomato Jam Recipe
adapted from Food in Jars

2.5 pounds of tomatoes
1 3/4 cup sugar
4 T bottled lime juice
1 tsp fresh ginger, grated
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/2 T salt
1/2 T chili flakes

Wash and core tomatoes. Place into a food processor and pulse to the consistency of chunky salsa. Place tomatoes and all other ingredients into a pot and place over medium heat. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 1-1.5 hours until jam reaching jelling point. Fill jars and process in a boiling canner for 20 minutes.

Spicy Jam from Tomatoes

Yield will vary based on a number of factors. I used both a thermometer to test for jelling stage as well as the cold plate test (I felt the need to doublecheck myself). It took me about 1 hour 15 minutes to reach jelling and I yielded just over 3 half-pint jars. From what I can tell so far, the jam is lightly spicy and sweet, which will go nicely with burgers, meatloaf, hotdogs, and sandwiches!

And now I have summer in a jar for later this fall when the weather gets a bit colder and rain (come on, El Nino, we need a good soaking!) kicks in. It will also jog my memory of the fun day we spent on the Russian River.

Gureneville, California Downtown

Russian River, Northern California

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  • Plaze October 30, 2015, 10:22 am

    I have never try it. But i think will taste so great. By the way in my own language the name tomato means Eden apple. For what reason that i dont know. Jiri from Czech Republic.

  • Christine@Freebies4MeBeez February 10, 2016, 8:33 am

    This Spiced Tomato Jam looks absolutely amazing! I have never heard of anything like this before and as a tomato lover, I can NOT wait to try it! Thank you so much for this recipe!

  • Jason February 25, 2016, 7:33 am

    My wife and I love that area of California. Thank you for sharing this recipe. We’ll be giving it a try once we harvest some of the tomatoes from our garden.

  • Victoria March 15, 2016, 8:09 pm

    Love the picture. You guys are so spoiled to be able to enjoy this :)

    Thank you for sharing.

  • low carb recipes March 20, 2016, 12:13 pm

    I’ve never tried tomato jam before but this sounds extremely delicious. Might give it a go this week!

  • omlet April 19, 2016, 2:37 pm

    This looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it. Pinning it now!

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