Do you have too many tomatoes and are running out of things to make? Salsa, Caprese Salad, spaghetti sauce, Pasta alla Vodka with Fresh Tomatoes are all great, but …
Or has the weather started to turn cold where you are and you are worried you will have unripened tomatoes? Fried Green Tomatoes, Green Tomato Chow Chow or even Green Tomato Bread are all possibilities.
But, I just made a recipe that you probably never thought of trying before: Tomato Preserves.
That’s right, a sweet jam made with tomato instead of berries, stone fruit or just about any other fruit you would normally associate with jam.
I got the idea from one of the moms in my son’s class. She said a friend from South Africa described it as a jam made with tomatoes and ginger that you eat like regular fruit jam or jelly and said it was quite popular in his home country.
I’d never heard of it, but I knew immediately I needed to find a recipe and give it a try.
Online produced a few results using red wine vinegar that looked promising. But, my husband
whines dislikes, whenever I make anything that involves vinegar, especially heated vinegar.
On a whim I checked my old Joy of Cooking cookbook and there it was! And this one used lemons instead of vinegar as an acid. Sounded tastier and much less offensive to a certain individual’s olfactory senses.
I used ripe Roma tomatoes that were on sale at the store. But here’s the great thing, you can use any tomatoes. Green, yellow, red. Heirloom, beefsteak, early girl, etc. I would stay away from cherry or grape tomatoes because who wants to stand around and blanch the peel off of a pound of those. Not me, thank you very much.
Never blanched tomatoes before? Check out our video. I use peaches in the video, but it is the same technique.
If I may make a recommendation: make these preserves, get some good sourdough bread (or make your own) smear it with some Brie and add a little Tomato Preserves. Maybe a nice glass of wine. Then sit back with some nice soft music and just savor the fabulous flavors.
Until next time, happy eating.