Where has the summer gone?
After attending the UCD Master Food Preserver Program class with Mister Jack, I was determined to do some canning. Of course, I picked the hottest day of the week to spend in my kitchen, but I am so proud of the results.
I now have nine, 4-ounce jars of spiced tomato jam to eat or give away as gifts. The success of my project has encouraged me to shop the farmers market tomorrow for at least 10 pounds of Roma tomatoes. I already have a recipe to try, and I plan to pick a day next week to can my own tomato sauce.
The following recipe was featured in the class, and from So Easy to Preserve.
Spiced Tomato Jam with Powdered Pectin
3 cups (about 2 1/4 pounds) prepared tomatoes
1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon canning salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
4 1/2 cups sugar
1 box powdered pectin
1/4 cup bottled lemon juice (or use citric acid–according to the instructions on the package)
- wash firm, ripe tomatoes
- scald, peel and chop tomatoes
- cover and simmer 10 minutes, stirring constantly
- measure 3 cups into a saucepot and add lemon rind and spices
- Sterilize canning jars.
- Place prepared fruit in saucepot. Add lemon juice.
- Measure sugar and set aside.
- Stir powdered pectin into prepared fruit.
- Bring to boil over high heat, stirring constantly.
- At once, stir in sugar.
- Stir and bring to a full rolling boil that cannot be stirred down.
- Then boil hard for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
- Remove from heat.
- Skim off foam. Pour jam into hot jars, leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Wipe jar rims and adjust lids. Process 5 minutes in a Boiling Water Bath.
Place a towel on the kitchen counter to protect jars. Place hot jars on the towel, and do not touch or move the jars for 12 hours.
I used citric acid instead of lemon juice for this recipe. The citric acid was measured (read the instructions printed on the package) into the jars before the jam was poured.
Serve tomato jam with cream cheese and crackers. Goes well in meat dishes, grilled cheese sandwiches and salad dressing.