Tomato Jam


So, tomato jam? Everyone needs this. It’s. It’s. I just don’t know how I’ve never done this before. It’s. Worth making. I got the inspiration from NY Times Cooking as I was looking around for ideas for all my CSA tomatoes. I already have more sauce than I can store, so…make this! You can find the original, mostly unchanged recipe here. There are some changes though, that I think make it better. Of course it’s all subjective. Make it towards your own tastes…if you like things really, really sweet, go with the original suggestion of 1 full cup of sugar! Of course, as they say, you can always add more but you can’t take it out. A half a cup was more than sweet enough for me, and also sweet enough to enhance the flavor of the 2 habaneros I added as well. Keep in mind this recipe has no pectin or preservatives, it’s really intended to be eaten soon. I seriously don’t think you’ll have any problem with that. Tip: it went PERFECTLY with crackers/baguette and a slice of cheese.


  • 1 ½ pounds good ripe tomatoes, cored and coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated or mincedginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 habaneros, stemmed, seeded and minced, or red pepper flakes or cayenne to taste (the sweet/spicy thing really works in this jam, so I’d say go for it unless you really hate spicy).


  1. Combine all ingredients in a heavy medium saucepan
  2. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring often.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until mixture has consistency of thick jam, about 1 hour 15 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning, then cool and refrigerate until ready to use; this will keep at least a week.