Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Tomato Jam

Tomato jam has been on my mind for many months now since coming across it on Jennifer Perillo’s site. And as the family has requested that I make a few healthier dishes, this seemed like the perfect opportunity to test out my jam making skills! Because jam = healthy right?

Jennifer’s recipe is easy enough – chop the tomatoes, toss in all the remaining ingredients and let it simmer on a low heat for 3-4 hours. Halfway through the cooking process however, I found the jam too sweet and figured that by adding a whole sliced red chilli it would not only cut the sweetness but will also to add a bit more heat. As a result, the chilli worked perfectly and I may even consider adding a couple more for future batches. A note of caution; I am a self confessed spice addict!

Tomato jam is simply wonderful slathered on a piece of toast, or as an accompaniment to your cheese platter or even used to marinate or glaze a piece of ham. Bottled and labelled, it makes a perfect gift for the upcoming festive season.

So glad I finally gave it a go – definitely one of my favourite recipes of 2011.

Tomato Jam

1.6kg tomatoes, coarsely chopped
1 small red onion, diced
½ cup tart green apple, diced
1 red chilli, sliced
½ cup brown sugar
1½ cup sugar
1 tsp salt
½ tsp coriander seeds
¼ tsp cumin
¼ cup cider vinegar
Juice of one lemon

  1. Put all ingredients in a large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to allow ingredients to simmer and leave to cook for 3-4 hours until it thickens and takes on a jam-like consistency.
  2. To store, transfer jam into sterilised glass bottles and store in refrigerator for two weeks or for long term storage, use a hot water canning bath for 15minutes.

*The gorgeous jam jar labels are courtesy of Frugal Living


  1. Sounds great! The addition of coriander seeds and tart green apples is a nice twist. Will give a try for sure.

  2. I make a slightly different version of tomato jam, but I agree that it's one of my new favourite recipes...we use it in everything! Theresa

  3. I have not done tomato jam and this one you made looks good, worth the try and lovely packing too.

  4. Easyfoodsmith : Do let me know what your verdict is :)

    Theresa: I love how versatile it is too :)

    Nava: Definitely worth the try. Goes lovely with rice, as a sweet pickle too!

  5. Sounds and looks delish! Great idea as presents! Must try too!

  6. Hi Nish, I wanted to make pessaratu today. And normally I make tomato chutney but then I remembered I visited your blog before and I read something different.I do not have a tart apple but I three goose berries. I will come back after making it.

  7. Hi Nish, This is me again. My jam looks fine and good to taste but adding the goose berries was not a good idea. I had to cook the jam by adding some water because the gooseberry pieces were not properly cooked. I checked you are not on food buzz so I am following you on the blog. If you wish you can visit mine and join.

  8. awesome...i used to make tomato chutney :)

  9. Bambiman: A must try for sure!

    Balvinder: Glad the jam turned out well in the end. Did the gooseberries affect the taste of the jam? I am on Foodbuzz actually and have added you :)

    Maika: This isn't far off from being a chutney, albeit a bit sweeter :)