Tomato Marmalade

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Tomato marmalade was something I wanted to make from the first time I saw the recipe.  It definitely qualified as a “new recipe”.  I love trying new things.  In canning it seems like there isn’t much out there that I would qualify as unusual.  So not only was this a “new recipe”, but also something “unique and out of the ordinary”.  Now it was even more appealing.  This was a great recipe to make with just a few tomatoes, which I happened to have after the last of the major canning was done.

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Since this was a marmalade recipe, and the first time I was trying to make it, I decided to get the scale out and make it according to the weights called for in the recipe.  This was a great purchase many years ago.  I may not use it often, but over the years it has been worth it.  I think this came from an auction or yard sale, so I didn’t have to pay full price for it.  If you have read this blog for any length of time you will know that I try not to pay full price if I can help it.

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The recipe called for the lemons and oranges to be sliced thin.  Not exactly specific.  The first few slices ended up too thin and actually not full circles.  As I was trying to make them perfect, yeah the p-word again, I cut them a bit thicker.  Having now done this I see that it was more important to get them thin than round.  It worked out okay.  Next time I just won’t stress about it.

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Another think I will do differently next time is to cut them in smaller pieces than quarters.  I think the peels ended up being too long in the marmalade.

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Tomatoes and sugar were placed in a pan and stirred until the sugar dissolved.

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Once the tomatoes were cooked for a few minutes the lemons and oranges were added.  The spice bag was also supposed to be added, though I forgot this the first time and had to empty all the jars and cook it a bit more.

With all the ingredients and the spice bag in the pan, it is left to cook for about 50 minutes.

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The jars are so pretty with the finished product in them.  I really like the resulting flavor.  It may not be your typical marmalade, but is definitely full of flavor and great on toast.

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