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Tomato Jam

Wondering what to do with all your summer tomatoes? This Tomato Jam is perfect! Sweet and savory it’s great on bread, with cheeses, burgers and sandwiches. 

I LOVE tomatoes. Seriously. Love them. I could eat them every single day. I love tomato salads, I love tomato sauce, salsa and I even love mayo and tomato sandwiches. Basically tomatoes are my favorite.

It’s because of this love of tomatoes, that I decided to plant FIVE tomato plants this year. FIVE. To say that I went a little overboard is an understatement. Now I have got more tomatoes than I know what to do with.

It’s not a bad problem to have though.

Mostly I’ve just been salting them and eating them like candy. But after staring at an overwhelmingly full bowl of perfectly ripe summer tomatoes, I figured it was time to try a new recipe. Something that would use up a bunch of my tomatoes. And while tomato sauce is always an option, I wanted something a little different.

So I set my sights on this sweet and savory Tomato Jam Recipe.

What do you need to make Tomato Jam?

A bowl full of fresh summer tomatoes

You will only need a handful of ingredients to make this recipe.

  • TOMATOES: For this recipe, and because of my abundance of cherry tomatoes, I decided to use cherry tomatoes. They are naturally sweet and work perfectly in this recipe. You could also use whatever tomatoes that you have on hand.
  • BROWN SUGAR: For sweetness and helps thicken the jam.
  • APPLE CIDER VINEGAR: For acidity.
  • GARLIC: Adds to the savoriness of the jam.
  • SALT
  • BASIL: Because basil and tomatoes go so well together!
  • CRUSHED RED PEPPER: To add a little heat!

DES’ PRO TIP: If you choose larger tomatoes, simply dice them first, it will help them cook down.

How to make Tomato Jam:

Tomato Jam is easy to make. You simply combine all of the ingredients together in a heavy bottom pot and cook it down until it reaches a jam consistency. See! Easy peasy!

How to make tomato jam

Since you will be cooking the tomato jam for a long period of time, about 2 hours and there is a lot of sugar, you’ll want to make sure that the jam doesn’t burn. To ensure that your tomato jam doesn’t burn use a dutch oven and stir the jam often.

You will know that the jam has finished cooking when you can run your spoon through it and it doesn’t run.

How long does Tomato Jam last?

Because this is a refrigerator jam and not canned, it needs to be stored in the refrigerator and eaten within 10 days.

So if you find yourself with more tomatoes than you know what to do with, or if you just really love tomatoes like me, make this SavoryTomato Jam  Recipe.

You’ll find that it is great on so many things. You can use it as a spread on sandwiches or burgers. Spoon it over fresh mozzarella and top with chopped basil for a twist on caprese salad, or simply eat it on a cracker.

Summer Tomato Jam on a cracker.

You really can’t go wrong. It’s sweet n’ tangy summer bliss.

Love tomatoes? Here are more recipes where they are the star:  

Fried Green Tomatoes 

Okra and Tomatoes 

Tomato Artichoke Bake

Ribeye Steaks with Fresh Tomato Tapenade 

Wondering what to do with all your summer tomatoes? This Tomato Jam is perfect! Sweet and savory it's great on bread, with cheeses, burgers and sandwiches. #tomatojam #jam #vegan #vegetarian

More Condiment Recipes: 

Homemade Tartar Sauce 

Blender Hollandaise 

Easy BBQ Sauce 

Note: This recipe was originally posted in  2019. It was updated in 2021.

Tomato Jam Recipe

Makes approximately 1 cup (4 servings) Prep Time: Cook Time:
5 based on 8 reviews

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds cherry tomatoes (about 3 cups halved), halved
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

1

Combine all ingredients together in a small saucepan. Simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until you can run a spoon through it and no liquid fills the space.

2

Chill and place into a glass jar. Refrigerate and use within 10 days.

Notes



To ensure that your tomato jam doesn't burn use a dutch oven and stir the jam often.

Because this is a refrigerator jam and not canned, it needs to be stored in the refrigerator and eaten within 10 days.

Nutrition facts for estimation purposes only.

Nutrition information

Calories: 112 , Total Fat: 0.5g , Saturated Fat: 0.1g , Cholesterol: 0mg , Sodium: 598mg , Carbohydrates: 26.9g , Fiber: 2.7g , Sugar: 23.6g , Protein: 2.1g

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  • Reply
    Barbara Jacobs
    August 6, 2021 at 3:00 pm

    Great flaver and consistency. Would it ruin it if I put it through a sieve to get rid of the peel from the cherry tomatoes? We had to pick them out.
    Great on pork chops!

    • Reply
      Deseree
      August 7, 2021 at 2:27 pm

      Barbara, I am glad you liked it and I will definitely have to try it on pork chops! If it was a fine sieve, I don’t think it would mess with it too much.

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    Michelle Goth
    August 24, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    I would LOVE to put this on a BLT. WOW!

    • Reply
      Deseree
      August 24, 2019 at 6:35 pm

      That would be AMAZING.

  • Reply
    Catalina
    August 22, 2019 at 5:14 am

    I want to make this jam. It must be so delicious!

  • Reply
    Michelle
    August 22, 2019 at 4:33 am

    I love summer tomatoes too, but my cherry tomato plants didn’t do fabulous this year. My Sungolds are going crazy though! I’m thinking I could make this with those!

    • Reply
      Deseree
      August 22, 2019 at 1:05 pm

      My sungolds are crazy too! I bet you could! You could pretty much use any tomato you have on hand :)

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    Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert
    August 21, 2019 at 11:54 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious! Yummy!

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    Dorothy Reinhold
    August 21, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    I have been looking for something tasty to make with all of these tomatoes. This sounds irresistable!

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    Amanda
    August 21, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    I have so many things I wanna try this on !

  • Reply
    Brandy O'Neill
    August 21, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    I was looking for a new recipe for all my tomatoes! This is a must make!

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    Hey! I'm Des!

    Welcome to Life’s Ambrosia where Dinner is served and memories are made. Here you will find over 1000 tried and true recipes for every possible occasion. In the last 10 years, this blog has helped millions of families put dinner on the table and create food memories. Let me help you too.

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