Goodbye Tomatoes: Jersey Heirloom Tomato Jam

I say it every year at this time.
I am sick of tomatoes.

I can't give them away anymore.
I am tired of picking them, and coming up with new tomato recipes for you and me.

Now the tomatoes that are left on the vine are mostly cracked and bruised, yet they still taste delicious.

You can usually buy the bruised and split ones at the farmer's market at the end of the day for $1. per lb., if you are not growing your own.

It's almost time to say goodbye to them at the MCG, but not until I have made a tomato jam.

You can call this a chutney if you like, cause it's sweet and spicy, but please don't call it a ketchup (or even worse: "catsup").
Thank you.

I added a homegrown red onion to this as well, and the results were amazing.

Delish with a nice sharp cheese, excellent with eggs, as well as a roast chicken sandwich.

It filled 3 Weck "100" size jars, so I gave 2 away.


Jersey Heirloom Tomato Jam:

5 lbs. of ripe heirloom tomatoes (I used the bruised and mushy ones, instead of tossing them), skins left on, cut into pieces
1 large red onion, cut into pieces
1 3/4 - 2 cups of brown sugar
2 tbsp of good balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp of mustard seeds
1 lemon, sliced thin, seeds removed
1 cinnamon stick
dried chili pepper flakes, to taste
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp garam masala or a few whole cloves
a few sprigs of fresh thyme

In a heavy saucepan, bring all ingredients to a boil.

Turn down heat and simmer for about an hour, until the mixture cooks down and is getting nice and thick (it will get thicker once it cools).

Keep stirring the pot so the mixture doesn't stick.

Remove the cinnamon stick and the thyme sprigs (but leave lemon slices).

Let cool completely in the saucepan (about an hour) before ladling into jars.

You can sterilize the jars for long term storage, however, I am intimidated by the whole canning thing, so I just put them in my Weck jars and put them in the fridge. The jam/chutney will stay in the fridge for up to a month.

Goodbye gorgeous Jersey heirloom tomatoes, you are a pleasure to grow and even more of a pleasure to eat.

I will miss you all year long, but will look forward to next July and my first bite of you.


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I too will miss our heirloom tomatoes when they are gone...I'm picking the last of them today. Your tomato jam sounds wonderful with its spices and chili flakes.
Natalia said…
I'm glad someone else feels like I do - I'm also sick of them. Our garden is filled with teeny-tiny tomatoes or cracked, bruised or half-rotten ones, that seem to get that way overnight, because I check our plants every day. I started to even pick off the green ones to ripen on our window sill, because I wonder how they bruise or crack overnight.

What a great idea - I never thought of making jam (or chutney). I plan on making this tonight - before there more fruit flies surround the indoor ones I have on the sill. Thanks for the idea Stacey.
Ciao Chow Linda said…
I have another friend who makes this and I look forward to eating it at her house with crackers and cheese. If you're looking for a home for any extra jars, you know where I live.
Kate said…
Mmmm, great addition to the offerings of the impromptu end of summer back porch gatherings that seem to happen more often now. It's as if we are trying to preserve our sanity through winter by stocking up on friends, neighbor's and the last rays of summer sunlight.
Glad you are back...
looks like Paris was awesome AgAIn!
Oh yeah, I chuckled at your catsup comment and agree wholeheartedly :)
Oui Chef said…
Oohhh....totally gonna make me some of this!