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Tomato Jam, ideas?

TrishUntrapped Apr 25, 2013 07:33 AM

I made Tomato Jam the other day, see recipe and slideshow here:


I decided to add some chopped apples because I'll primarily be using the jam for a Grilled Cheese and I thought apples would go well with it (Yes, could have used raw apple slices for the sandwich but thought it would be nice in the jam).

I did an online search and found other recipes for Tomato Jam. Some very simple, just tomatoes, sugar an acid like vinegar, or lemon or lime juice. Others spiced with cinnamon and cloves (Mark Bittman's recipe which I made once and didn't really like) and others that added peaches and passion fruit.

When tomatoes are ripe this summer, I'd like to make more versions of Tomato Jam. So what have you made? Thanks!

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  1. 1sweetpea RE: TrishUntrapped Apr 25, 2013 07:40 AM

    I've used sweet and savory combinations, such as ras el hanout spice blends (Moroccan) and baharat (Arabic countries, such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia). I think they really go with tomatoes, especially if honey or agave are used as well. I'd be reluctant to mix with other sweet fruits for fear that the jam would become too cloyingly sweet, though fruit offset by the spices, plus salt and something bitter, say lemon juice, might just work.

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      pine time RE: TrishUntrapped Apr 25, 2013 07:55 AM

      Would you go for a sweet/sour tomato chutney? I love Madhur Jaffrey's recipe for it, and I've been asked to give it as hostess gifts!

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        TrishUntrapped RE: pine time Apr 25, 2013 08:01 AM

        Sweetpea and Pine, those are some good ideas. And yes, a sweet/sour tomato chutney sounds fabulous! Is the recipe you are referring to? It sounds good!


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          pine time RE: TrishUntrapped Apr 25, 2013 08:11 AM

          That one is good, but here's the version I use (paraphrased):

          Sweet Tomato Chutney

          1 whole head garlic, coarsely chopped
          Fresh ginger, about 2" long, chopped
          1 1/2 c red wine vinegar
          2 lbs fresh tomatoes, peeled (or 1 lb, 12 oz canned whole)
          1 1/2 c sugar
          1 1/2 tsp salt
          1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (I use a little more at the end)
          2 tbl golden raisins
          2 tbl blanched, slivered almonds

          Blend garlic, ginger, 1/2 c of the vinegar until smooth. In large saucepan, boil tomatoes & juices, rest of vinegar, sugar, salt and cayenne. Add puree from blender. Lower heat, simmer gently about 2 hours until very thick (will coat a spoon). Stir frequently as it thickens, lower heat if needed, until about honey consistency. At end, add raisins & almonds, simmer another 5". Allow to cool. Bottle, keep refrigerated. Keeps well!

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            TrishUntrapped RE: pine time Apr 25, 2013 08:13 AM

            Definitely making that one this summer! Thanks Pine!

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              pine time RE: TrishUntrapped Apr 25, 2013 08:15 AM

              Summertime is perfect for making it--open up the windows, 'cause the house will smell of boiling vinegar! When I'm making it to serve for guests, I'll do it a week ahead, both for the vinegar aroma and to allow it to mellow a bit. Great stuff.

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                herby RE: pine time Apr 25, 2013 05:41 PM

                Pine time, I am copying your recipe into my pepperplate to make when tomatoes are perfect - thank you for sharing! Do you package it in bottles like ketchup or small jars? How do you use it? Love your idea of hostess gifts :)

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                  pine time RE: herby Apr 26, 2013 11:45 AM

                  Can't take credit--it's straight from M. Jaffrey's Invitation to Indian Cooking. I put it in squat, wire-collared jars for hostess gifts and for serving at home. We've used it on bruschetta, with various grilled meats & veggies, with piquant pickles when doing an Indian spread. And sandwich spread--add some goat cheese, something crunchy and for more tomatoness, sun dried tomatoes. Truly versatile.

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                    herby RE: pine time Apr 27, 2013 06:11 AM

                    Thank you for these ideas! I have not seen the jars you describe in a while, wonder who sells them. I've been using canning jars a lot - there are squat 8-oz ones that are nice but small wire-collard are even better.

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                      pine time RE: herby Apr 27, 2013 08:48 AM

                      I still get the wire-collared ones at Crate & Barrel.

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                        herby RE: pine time Apr 27, 2013 09:53 AM

                        Thanks! I will be in NY next week and will stop by Crate & Barrel.

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        sedimental RE: TrishUntrapped Apr 25, 2013 08:00 AM

        I like red pepper flakes in mine. Sweet and hot! Goes with everything ;)

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          TrishUntrapped RE: sedimental Apr 25, 2013 08:04 AM

          Totally concur, Sedimental. Some people add a jalapeno, which I haven't tried. I like red pepper flakes as you can see in the slideshow and recipe I posted above.

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            sedimental RE: TrishUntrapped Apr 25, 2013 08:41 AM

            Oops, I missed that... Great minds and all ;)

            I smoke jalapeƱo and add it sometimes with a smidge of cumin for a more Latin riff, but I don't like the canned chipotle with adobo in it though. There is a taste difference.

            IMO the red pepper flakes provide a "cleaner heat" that I like with tomato (if that makes sense).

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          wyogal RE: TrishUntrapped Apr 25, 2013 08:07 AM

          How about bacon?

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            1sweetpea RE: wyogal Apr 25, 2013 08:20 AM

            Bacon jam is decadent and dangerously delicious. Going half tomatoes and half bacon would cut the fat content significantly. This would be a worthwhile experiment, for bacon lovers. I would go with an applewood smoked bacon.

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              TrishUntrapped RE: 1sweetpea Apr 25, 2013 08:21 AM

              I've heard of bacon jam, but never had it or made it. Sounds like a great possibility. Have a good recipe to share?

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            soccermom13 RE: TrishUntrapped Apr 25, 2013 08:35 AM

            I love this recipe;

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              TrishUntrapped RE: soccermom13 Apr 25, 2013 12:36 PM

              That looks and sounds good. What do you use it on Soccermom?

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                soccermom13 RE: TrishUntrapped Apr 25, 2013 12:57 PM

                Hi Trish,
                Mostly on grilled and roasted meats, especially beef.

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                  TrishUntrapped RE: soccermom13 Apr 25, 2013 03:12 PM

                  Sounds good!

                  I'm doing a Grilled Cheese cooking demo this weekend with the Tomato Jam with apples as a component. But I'm thinking a more savory jam would be quite good on it too.

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                    soccermom13 RE: TrishUntrapped Apr 25, 2013 03:48 PM

                    Mummmmm, great idea to serve with grilled cheese!

            2. jpr54_1 RE: TrishUntrapped Apr 25, 2013 08:47 AM

              this sounds like agreat recipe-I will look thru my cookbooks to c what other recipes i can find.

              1. helen_m RE: TrishUntrapped Apr 25, 2013 08:50 AM

                I make a moroccan(ish) tomato honey and saffron jam. The flavours work well.

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                  pine time RE: helen_m Apr 26, 2013 11:47 AM

                  Can you share a recipe? Saffron is one of my obsessions. And fresh tomatoes. Double-score!

                2. TrishUntrapped RE: TrishUntrapped Apr 29, 2013 04:52 AM

                  So I served up my Tomato Jam with apples in a Grilled Cheese I created called The Weston. It features Cheddar, Smoked Gouda, Bacon, Tomat Jam on Sourdough Bread grilled in Rosemary-Infused Butter.

                  People loved the sandwich and the Tomato Jam was KEY. It gave an extra oomph and flavor that made it especially delicious. Here are some pix and recipes:https://patriciagay.wordpress.com/201...

                  Can't wait till tomato season to make more Tomato Jam and trying suggestions on this thread! Thank you so much!

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                    jpr54_1 RE: TrishUntrapped Apr 29, 2013 07:47 AM

                    enjoyed the blog--the sandwich looked delicious

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                      TrishUntrapped RE: jpr54_1 Apr 29, 2013 09:57 AM

                      Thanks JPR, it was fun. People really liked the Grilled Cheese. And I enjoyed sharing some tips and tricks.

                  2. DiningDiva RE: TrishUntrapped Apr 29, 2013 09:52 AM

                    I use very sweet cherry tomatoes and sugar and that's it. I mostly use tomato jam as a filling for empanadas. You can, of course, add jalapeƱos or serranos to taste for a little extra kick.

                    I also make Tomatillo Jam which I found on the Pati's Table web site. It's excellent on just about anything.

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