Spiced Tomato Jam

Spiced Tomato Jam has a complex flavor from a variety of spices, chili peppers, apples, and tomatoes. It’s like a sophisticated ketchup that is amazing on almost anything.

Spicy Tomato Jam

A couple weeks ago we had some friends from college in town. The weekend consisted of some brewery tours, lots of food, s’mores at the fire pit, and talk of eating peppers. One of our friends had been gifted a couple chili peppers by a coworker. Unsure of what kind of pepper they actually were, I posted this picture on instagram.

Spicy Tomato Jam

According to instragram user spiceprinces, it’s a Black Cobra (also called Goat’s Weed) pepper, could be used like any other chili, and has a spicy/smokey flavor. My problem? I’m a huge wimp when it comes to spicy food. Although my spice tolerance is getting better, I just don’t cook with chili peppers.

Spicy Tomato Jam

Throughout the weekend, the six of us kept threatening to make a dare where someone had to bite the pepper. Lucky for me, those dares never happened, and no one had to bite any spicy peppers. So after our friends left, I set out to find a way to use these hot peppers.

Spicy Tomato Jam

I decided to make this Spiced Tomato Jam because I also had a LOT of super ripe tomatoes from our CSA box. I was intrigued by the list of ingredients in this jam. You get a little heat and smokiness from the peppers, some sweetness from the apple, and a plethora of flavors from all the spices thrown in there.

Spicy Tomato Jam

I ended up making a double batch and processed the cans of jam so that we can enjoy this stuff all year long. Although, I have to admit, I don’t think it’s going to last very long. Hubby and I went through our first jar within a week of when I made it. So far I’ve eaten it oven chicken, scrambled eggs, potatoes, and on a grilled cheese sandwich.

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Spiced Tomato Jam

Spiced Tomato Jam has a complex flavor from a variety of spices, chili peppers, apples, and tomatoes. It's like a sophisticated ketchup that is amazing on almost anything.

Yield: Four 8 oz (half pint) jars

Ingredients:

3.5 lbs tomatoes, roughly chopped with seeds and skin attached
2 large apples, peeled and diced
1 medium onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp fresh ginger, minced
2 Thai chili peppers, minced (I removed the seeds from one and left the seeds in the other)
1 cinnamon stick
1/4 tsp cumin
pinch of ground cloves
1 tbsp lime juice
1 1/2 Tbsp salt
1 1/2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

Directions:

Place all of the ingredients (except the balsamic vinegar) in a large pot. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to a simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the juices have evaporated and the tomatoes and apples have softened and the consistency is thick. This could take a few hours (I let mine simmer for most of the afternoon. It made our house smell AMAZING).

Remove from the heat and add the balsamic vinegar.

Once cooled slightly, remove the cinnamon stick and place in jars. Store in the fridge for one week or process in a water bath for 10 minutes to store it for up to a year.

Recipe adapted from The Dabble

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    Sarah C — August 2, 2013 at 8:03 am

    I’m a novice with canning but about two or so years ago had purchased the canner and supplies, went to an informational session at a local food show, and then never actually did it. Like you, I found it kind of intimidating and never really had the kind of time in the day that they stress is needed in order to closely watch your jars as they process. I hate the idea of messing it up and feeling like I not only failed it, but also wasted any food or supplies! So I just never did it, but maybe it’s time to give it a try!

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    KatieQ — August 2, 2013 at 9:10 am

    I used to can tomatoes from our garden and applesauce from apples that we picked at a local farm. That was in the late 70’s and early 80’s. We bought a chest freezer in 1983 and since then we have frozen our garden produce. After being without electricity as a result of hurricane Irene and Super Storm Sandy, I learned a valuable lesson about preserving food. I will back to canning my tomatoes this year.
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    Melissa — August 2, 2013 at 9:37 am

    I’m pretty much a canning beginner. I have a fear of not doing it right, then being disappointed when I open the jar months later to find that the contents have spoiled. But, I am determined to give canning a try, especially to preserve all of the tomatoes that I am hoping my garden will give me by the end of the season.

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    Tracy — August 2, 2013 at 10:15 am

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    Kate — August 2, 2013 at 11:36 am

    I love to can, but I don’t do it enough. My favorite canning project is probably lemonade concentrate.

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    Lori Connors — August 2, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    I have had success canning pepper jelly and pickling jalapeno peppers. I would love to branch out and try making/canning tomato sauce.

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    Candice — August 2, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Oh my goodness! I love canning…I made pickles yesterday and this weekend I’m hoping to can some jam. There’s nothing quite like hearing the satisfying little “pop!” of a jar sealing.

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    bec — August 2, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    i haven’t ever canned before but i am realizing i should probably conquer my fear of it, as well. my tomatoes are slow to ripen this year and i am pretty sure i am going to get hit with hundreds of them at the same time. there are far worse things that could happen to a gal but i sure would hate for them to go to waste!

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    Laura — August 3, 2013 at 12:11 am

    Want to invite me lol? J/K but I too have a fear of canning, which is really silly when you consider that my mom and sister are both dedicated canners. I will be watching with interest!

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    JessicaLea — August 3, 2013 at 12:13 am

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    Beth — August 3, 2013 at 10:37 am

    I began canning when I was 12 with my Mom,lets just say it was awhile ago …lol…I still can every year with her and my 2 daughters..we love it and do a wide variety of veggies left over from my garden and some jams..its a great way to teach and bring family together

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    Meghan Finley — August 4, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    I love to can peaches and apricots. Nothing better in the wintertime!

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    Jennifer S. — August 5, 2013 at 9:04 am

    I just started canning this year for the first time. We’ve already made slasa, watermelon jelly and strawberry jam. I can’t wait to do crushed tomatoes later this year as well as applesauce and apple butter!

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    Margot C — August 7, 2013 at 2:33 pm

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