Tomato Jam with Red Wine Vinegar Canning Recipe19. October 2022
Our friend and guest blogger Chez LaRae worked up this family favorite Enchilada Sauce canning recipe. You can follow LaRae’s amazing food adventures on Instagram and her website. LaRae is a self-taught baker, cooking and baking instructor, & recipe developer. See LaRae's other recipe guest blog posts.
Capture the flavor of summer’s best tomatoes in this rich tomato jam. Tomatoes are cooked down and concentrated for maximum flavor. Serve with a nice wedge of farmhouse cheddar or creamy brie. Can be a substitute for ketchup if you are looking for something different.
Tip: Use red wine vinegar with a minimum of 5% acidity. Many jars indicate the acidity level on their labels.
Tomato Jam with Red Wine Vinegar
Recipe was adapted from “The All New Ball Book of Canning and Preserving” & used by permission ©2022 Chez LaRae
Preservation method: Waterbath canning
Difficulty level: Easy
Yield: Makes about 6 half-pint jars
You will need clean pint jars and closures, a boiling-water canner, rack, jar lifter, canning funnel, and wooden skewer
- 6 lb plum tomatoes, cored and coarsely chopped
- 1 ½ tsp salt
- ¾ tsp freshly ground black pepper
- ½ tsp Herbes de Provence*
- ½ - 1 tsp red pepper flakes, depending on taste
- 3 shallots, finely minced
- 1 ½ cups sugar
- 3/4 cup red wine vinegar (minimum 5% acidity)
*NOTE: Herbes de Provence is an equal mixture of dried herbs consisting of thyme, basil, crushed rosemary, tarragon, summer savory, marjoram, oregano, and a crushed bay leaf. You can purchase a pre-mixed blend in stores or make your own so you can adjust the spices more to your taste.
Place the canning rack in the bottom of a boiling water canner, then place empty jars on the rack. Add water to the jars and the canner until the jars are about two-thirds full. Cover the canner and bring the water to a simmer over medium heat.
Combine tomatoes, salt, black pepper, Herbes de Provence, red pepper flakes, and shallots in a large Dutch oven. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat for about one hour or until reduced by half. Stir and check often to avoid scorching. Stir in sugar and red wine vinegar. Cook uncovered over medium-low heat until very thick, about 30 minutes, stirring often.
Note: If you desire a smoother jam, use an immersion blender to blend before the next step.
Ladle hot mixture immediately into prepared jars, leaving ¼ ” headspace. Use a wooden skewer to remove any air pockets and readjust headspace if needed. Wipe jar rims and threads with a moistened towel. Cover with two-piece lids. Screw bands to finger-tip tight.
Place jars onto a rack in the canner. Water must cover jars by 1 to 2 inches. Cover canner, and bring water to a boil. Once boiling, process jars for 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and let jars sit in the canner for 5 minutes.
Remove jars and place them upright on a towel to cool completely. After the jars cool, check seals by pressing the centers of lids with your finger. If the lid springs back, the lid is not sealed and refrigeration is necessary.
Let prepared jars stand at room temperature for 24 hours. Affix CanningCrafts’ labels and write dates on jars. Store unopened jam in a cool, dry place for up to 1 year.
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