Summer In a Jar

The calendar says it’s fall, but you’d never know it if you stepped outside. We had a few days of crisp coolness, but The Air You Can Wear returned late last week, and doesn’t seem to want to pack up and head south with the birds. Steamy and still might not thrill the gardener, but the garden is loving it…

Even if it’s taking its sweet time getting here, the frost will be here before too much longer, and the tomato harvest will go from a trickle to a dead stop. No more juicy slices for sandwiches… *sigh*.

I’ve got 14 pints of plain tomato sauce in the pantry, but that’s not going to work too well with turkey and cheese on sourdough…

But this will!

Tomato-Basil Jam

4lbs. ripe tomatoes

3 cups sugar

1 Tablespoon salt

1/2 cup lemon juice

1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

Core tomatoes, remove the blossom end, and roughly chop. (Don’t peel or seed them) Combine with the sugar in a large, deep pot (use the one you’ll be cooking the jam in), and allow to sit for at least one hour for the tomatoes to release their juice.

When you’re ready to cook, add the salt and lemon juice, and bring everything to a boil on ‘High’. Boil and stir until thickend and ‘set’. The boil-time will vary depending on the amount of juice in your tomatoes, but figure somewhere between 30 minutes and an hour. Your jam is ready to come off the heat when a blob dropped onto a very cold plate – you know, the one I forgot to tell you to stash in your freezer back at the beginning? Yeah, that one – forms a skin and doesn’t run.

Stir in the basil, and pack into half-pint jars. Again, the number will vary because of the differences in the tomatoes. Prep for 7, hope for 5. Leave a half-inch of headspace, put the lids on, and process for 10 minutes in a boiling-water canner.

Let cool completely, check seals, label, and store….

Enjoy a little summer sunshine, from a jar…



25 thoughts on “Summer In a Jar

  1. This looks great. We’re having an Indian summer here. Last week we were in full grip of autumn, now it;s sunny and hot again. It;s all a bit mad. Having said that we’re getting 3 weather types every day!

    • It was 80F here today – nearly a record for the date… It wouldn’t be so bad if there was a breeze. At least the beans and tomatoes like it!
      Thanks for commenting – I think this jam would be great on some of those cheedar-garlic scones you just posted!

  2. Looks good and I can imagine that it tastes good. I can think of several things that it would go well with. I’ll bet it would be good on creamed chicken on a biscuit. Let me know what you think.

    • Yes, he does…you know your husband pretty well! 😀
      I keep telling him to do a second planting next year, or look for long-cropping heirlooms…
      Did you check out the Pyrex blog? My daughter absolutely salivates over yours, you know. 🙂

  3. This does sound delicious and I love the idea of using it during the winter months ahead. But the Bartolini kitchens have shut down their canning operations for the year. And this time I mean it. (I hope!)

  4. I’m so envious of you canners! I just read your comment to John…who is the King of Canning but won’t admit it, and I do make small batches of all of these “canning” recipes just so that I can enjoy these recipes!

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