Here I am as promised, today is "the day" for making this super yummy traditional (portuguese) tomato jam, I know you might be thinking WHAT?!!! TOMATO JAM yeahp and I dare to say it again tomato jam, oh its just so good you won't regret making/trying/offering/ keeping some of it, its just so good..... Its close to heavenly in my point of view and palate of course, and you would never guess what .... yeah you knew it already IT'S DEAD EASY TO MAKE - oh and I almost forgot its super cheap too, so no bankruptcy for us yeiiiiihhhhh.
So here it goes, you'll need:
Ripe tomatoes (the bigger ones if possible)
granulated sugar or jam sugar ( its really up to you)
1 Cinnamon stick
Peel, deseed and cut the tomatoes, drain the excess juice weigh the pulp and mix with an equal amount of sugar. boil with the cinnamon stick over a low heat stirring from time to time with a wooden spoon. when a small amount resembles jelly when dropped in a saucer the tomato jam will be ready, at the last minute add the juice of 1/2 a lemon ( for each kilo of tomatoes). Pour into sterilised jars, cover with jam wax discs and then the lid, turn them upside down for a while in order to create a vacuum, when all has cooled down decorate the jar with a fancy label and a fabric gingham cover if you so wish (its a gift right?!) put an rubber band on it and cover this with some ribbon and there you have it :D.
And that's it really you decide the quantity of tomatoes to use and then you'll add the same quantity of sugar, remember that we're trying to save you some valuable £ on Christmas gifts, so if you clean & sterilise previous used jars you're already saving £ and the more quantity you'll make the more jars it will fill and therefore more loved ones to share it with.
To sterilise the jars after well cleansed and without the original labels put them in a tray on a oven at 140oC for +- 15 Min's
The saucer test put a saucer in the fridge, remove it take the jam of the heat, then drop a teaspoonful of jam in the middle and put back in the fridge for 2 minutes,take it out and now pass your finger in the middle of the mixture if it keeps separated than it reached the setting point.
Hope you liked this super easy recipe, and that you actually make it and give it a try; I'm sure you will just fall in love with it.
See you soon.