Tomatoes are in bounty in my city this season. It is a colour feast to see the carts in the lovely red. I have tried Jam yesterday , will try sauce , ketchup and chutneys soon.Depending on the success i have with them I will update the recipes too.
Here is the easy recipe of Tomato Jam
To make about 400 grams of Jam
Tomatoes - Finely chopped 6 cups
Sugar - 2 cups
Apple - 1
Ginger freshly grated - 1 tsp
optional additions can be :
cinnamon powder - 1/2 tsp
Cloves ground - 1/2 tsp
Peel and remove the seeds in the apple. Chop into small pieces and blend it along with the tomatoes to a puree. You Can blanch if you prefer..Just wash the tomatoes and drop them into boiling water for 15 to 30 seconds. Put them into cold water again to stop the cooking .the skin will peel off very easily . Lo tomatoes are blanched. I prefer to eat with the skin on .. The chunky bits in the jam are tasty.
Add the puree and and add one and half cups of sugar in a deep and thick bottom pan and place it on the stove on high heat.
When it melts check for the sweetness and add if necessary. Continue cooking till the puree is reduced to one quarter till the required consistency .
Add lime juice and reduce the heat. Add grated ginger and the optional powder (to taste).
Let the puree cook until to a consistency of sauce. Then turn the heat off and let it cool. The jam will thicken when it cools. Fill in your jars when its completely cool.
Store in refrigerators as no preservative is added.
Enjoy with Bread or Chapatis.