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Aunt Della's Tomato Preserves

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Rating: 5/5 5 stars
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ready in: 30-60 minutes
serves/makes:   6 half-pints

recipe id: 28739
cook method: stovetop
Aunt Della's Tomato Preserves Recipe
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5 cups peeled and quartered tomatoes
5 cups sugar
1 lemon, sliced thinly and seeded
1 dash cinnamon
2 tablespoons butter


Put tomatoes, sugar, sliced lemon and cinnamon in large, heavy pot and bring to slow boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. When foam rises to surface, add butter and continue stirring and simmering until preserves thicken, about 45 minutes. (To test, stick a fork into preserves. When preserves cling to tines of fork, it should be thick enough to can.)

Pour preserves into sterilized jars, seal and process in hot water bath for 15 minutes.

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45 calories, 0 grams fat, 11 grams carbohydrates, 0 grams protein per tablespoon. This recipe is low in sodium. This recipe is low in fat.
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Tastes good--but it did NOT cook the lemons in 45 minutes. Try 4 hours instead!

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can you freeze it

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I made this today using all sorts of different tomatoes from my garden (yellow pear, black cherry, Roma, Cherokee Purple mainly) and it came out great. I halved the recipe and got three of those freezable plastic Bali jars full. I didn't have any problems with it thickening.

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Member since: May 28, 2014
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This easy to use recipe is just like my Mothers,with a minor exception that I have used. I use the juice of the lemon with a little extra and then dice up the rinds into tiny bite size pieces par boil them in sugar water and adding them close to the end of the boiling process. Yummmmmy!

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Another first time tomato jam maker here. I followed the recipe exactly and it was quite good. I am intrigued by the suggestions to add something spicy like jalapeno so I might try that next year when I have more fresh tomatoes to work with.

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First time for a Tomato Jam. Easy, good directions. Maybe a tad on the sweet side. I will try adding a jalapeno or hot pepper flakes next time but look forward to using it.

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I doubled the receipe and also added Jalepenos....FANTASTIC!!I will give as holiday gifts and use at our parties and ropings served over creamed cheese with baby shrimp on top! Can't wait!!

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The best recipe so far! But I had to cook a little longer than 45 min. They taste great and really look pretty in jars, no one in my family eats them but me. Thank you for posting this recipe!!! I agree with every one else this is going in family recipes with 5 stars stamp on it.....last year I made some they turned out like stiff honey i still ate them. This recipes one is like fig and pear preserves yummy!!!!

Has any one ever made cantaloupe preserves? They came in strong this year in garden you can only eat so many.

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This is now my favorite Tomato Preserve recipe!

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This recipe was super easy and very tasty. I'm a first-time jam maker, so I am thankful that it was this easy and this tasty. Definitely a recipe I would recommend and keep, and really easy to make.

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I have used other tomato preserve recipes in the past but this one the best by far!. The flavors are well balanced and it set beautifully. I started with just picked purple cherokees from my garden and it has a rich, deep color. I only got 5 half pints though.This is a keeper recipe.

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I used to eat this from my grandmothers table for years and lost the recipe. I used this one which sounds a tad different and it was just outstanding. I did not use all splenda because it will be bitter sometimes used with fruit, so I used 3 cups splenda and 2 cups sugar and a happy marriage was found to help save carbs and the recipe. Thanks so much.