Taylor and I wanted to bottle up some of the summer goodness we are finding at the market: tomatoes, little drops of sun.
What better way to do that than to make a summer jam?
This little golden nuggets of yellow tomatoes taste like candy. The nice woman at Arcata Co-Op let me try out several varieties before I decided on the Sundrops.
I added in these California clusters to add some color and because they just look down-right delicious. Couldn't hurt!
We both learned quickly that canning tools are no joke! Invest in some good pieces and they will definitely make your job easier. Though we did well enough inventing some of our own tools, we wont be sure until a few months down the road when we re-open our little jams.
Some tools you may want to use:
- Boiling-water canner or similarly deep pot (think lobster size)
- Canning rack or cake-cooling rack, to fit into the pot
- Jars, lids, and bands
- Jar-lifting tongs
- Headspace-measuring tool
- Clean dish towels
Chopping, displaying and tasting all took place during this canning adventure
Sundrop Tomato + Basil Jam
Makes 3.5 pints or 7 half pints
- 4 pounds Sundrop or other yellow tomatoes (buy what you like to eat!)
- 3 cups granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- zest of two lemons, divided
- 1/4 cup roughly chopped basil
1. Chop baby tomatoes in half and cut larger tomatoes into approximately 1" segments.
2. Bring tomatoes and sugar to a boil in a large pot. As the mixture begins to heat up, the tomatoes will release a flood of juices. This is good. You could speed up the process by using a mashing tool. Let the mixture rise to a boil and continue to heat for about half an hour. Stir constantly.
3. As the tomato liquid is boiling, begin preparing the jars according to your own canning method.
4. Add chopped basil, lemon juice and zest to the tomato mixture.
5. Commence Canning! (How to Can via Martha)
We came to the conclusion that canning is an ideal activity for a summer day with a friend where neither of you have much on your agenda. Canning requires commitment. So make a day of it this summer and preserve some of the summer's bounty! We certainly plan on filling our pantries with our newly discovered skills.