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Tasty Things To Do With Tomatoes: Tomato Jam and Tomato Candy

4 months ago

Some sweet ways to enjoy summer’s abundant harvest

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Tomato Jam

2 kilos Medium to large ripe tomatoes, washed

4 cups White sugar

3 Tbsps Pectin*

1 Tbsp Lemon juice

  1. In a pot, put whole tomatoes and enough water to cover tomatoes.  Add 1 Tbsp salt and bring water to a boil.  Keep on steady boil for about 3-5 minutes.  Watch carefully so that you don’t overcook tomatoes. They should still hold their shape!
  2. Remove from tomatoes from the water with a slotted spoon and immediately place in a bowl with iced water. You will see the tomato skin split.  Peel skins off. Slice tomatoes into quarters and using your thumb or a spoon, remove the seeds leaving only the pulp. Drain tomato pulp in strainer for about 30 minutes.
  3. In a dry stainless steel or enamel pot, mix sugar and pectin thoroughly.  To that mixture, add the drained tomato pulp, lemon juice and cook over medium heat. Raise the temperature to high heat and let mixture boil briskly for about 3-5 minutes, stirring constantly. Let cool and pour in sterilized jars. Store in the refrigerator.

Tomato Candy

2 kilos Small to medium size ripe tomatoes, washed

4 cups Sugar

*water and salt for boiling

  1. In a pot, put whole tomatoes and enough water to cover tomatoes.  Add 1 Tbsp salt and keep water on a steady boil for about 3-5 minutes.  Watch carefully so that you don’t overcook tomatoes. They should still hold their shape!
  2. Remove tomatoes from the water with a slotted spoon and immediately place in a bowl with iced water.  You will see the tomato skin is split.  Peel skins off. Slice tomatoes in half with a sharp knife and then use your thumb or spoon to gently remove the seeds. 
  3. Drain tomato halves in a strainer to remove any excess liquid. Line the tomato halves on a tray then sprinkle liberally with sugar and leave on the kitchen counter, overnight. 
  4. The next day, transfer the tomatoes to a stainless steel or enamel pot.  Cook the tomatoes over low-medium heat until slightly thick.   Turn off heat and let it cool.
  5. Again, drain the tomatoes using a strainer to remove any excess liquid.  Next, line up tomato halves on a wire rack to dry in the oven at a very low temperature, about 200F. Tomatoes are done when they are dry, glossy and a bit sticky to the touch.
  6. You can crisp the tomato candy by rolling in sugar one more time, then roast in the oven again until firm on the edges.  Skip this step if you prefer  a more “leathery” texture like fruit roll-ups or dried mango.
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