Green Tomato Jam – A Fall Treat

Green tomato jam - green tomatos, preserves, honey, brown sugar, tart, fall

A great use for those green tomatoes left over from your summer harvest!

 

 

As the days start to get cooler and the leaves start to turn yellow, one of the few things that tend to stay green is the tomatoes that remain on the vines in the garden.  This year we had a bumper crop of tomatoes that provided a bunch of great meals all summer. We had a bounty of tomatoes that lead us to have more than we knew what to do with!

 

 

Green Tomatoes

Of course, once the weather starts turning cool, those tomato vines that were producing such a bounty keep putting on fruit. But, without those hot summer days to turn them red, in most gardens these green tomatoes will end up going to waste. In our house, we hate to see all that produce go to waste. We started thinking of how we could use some of the many gallon buckets full of green tomatoes rather than throw them all away!

 

 

 

Green tomato jam - green tomatoes, preserves, honey, brown sugar, tart, fall

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Green Tomato Jam - pile of green tomatoes on cutting board.

Strainer / Mason Jars

 

 

 

We aren’t big fans of that southern favorite fried green tomatoes, so the past few years we have given a few away to friends then dumped the rest into the compost and called it a day.  This fall however was going to be different after having a green tomato preserve at the bed and breakfast we stayed at last year in Napa.

 

 

 

Green tomato jam with white ceramic ispoon, green tomatoes behind.

 

 

 

The preserve we had was a rich golden color, an intriguing combination of tart and sweet with a flavor reminiscent of tomatoes and citrus.  It was a great spread on toast and was a wonderful compliment to all kinds of breakfast foods (can we just say green tomato jam and bacon… to die for!) Having this green tomato jam made us decide that this years crop of green tomatoes were not going to go to waste!

 

 

 

Green tomato jam in jar. White spoon in front of it. green tomatoes behind.

 

 

 

Are Green Tomatoes Safe to Eat?

Tomatoes have a bit of a reputation that they can be poisonous thanks to being related to the nightshade family. Ripe red tomatoes are highly nutritious, but the unripe green tomatoes can have a toxin that in a large enough quantity can make you sick. The safe answer is: Never eat raw green tomatoes!  Make sure they are cooked before consuming!

 

 

 

 

Green Tomato Jam on toast. On a white plate with basii, tomtato behind.  Green tomatoes for the jam

 

 

 

We were searching for a recipe for tomato sauce in an old Italian cookbook when we ran across this recipe for a green tomato jam.  The recipe called for a base of honey and sugar to make a rich golden base. Since we didn’t have enough honey, we substituted in some brown sugar, which ended up making the base rich and caramely.

 

 

 

Green tomato jam being dripped ino a jar. Green tomatoes behind

 

 

 

Fresh squeezed lemon juice and lemon zest give a fresh citrus burst! This balances out the sweetness of the sugar base and brings the tartness of the tomatoes out. Use this as a spread on toast, compote with a cheese tray, or as a complimentary topping for a crostini. Try this recipe and you might just find yourself looking forward to those fall days where the tomatoes stay green!

 

 

 

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Yield: 1

Green Tomato Jam

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
A delightful fall recipe that makes use of those green tomatoes you don't know what to do with!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 6-8 medium green tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups sugar
  • fresh lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

Instructions

Rough chop the tomatoes and place into a non-reactive sauce pan.

Add salt, sugar and lemon juice to the pan and place pan over medium heat.

Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring all the while to help break down the tomatoes and fully mix the ingredients.

Once at a boil, reduce heat to medium low, allowing the mixture to simmer for 35-40 minutes, stirring regularly to keep the mixture from scorching.

With about 5 minutes left on the simmer, add in vanilla and lemon zest. Stir until fully incorporated.

Pour the hot mixture into a strainer and remove the seeds and skin.

Place the strained mixture into a mason jar and allow to cool.

Will keep in the fridge for about 1 week.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

32

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 69 Total Fat: 0.1g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 38mg Carbohydrates: 17.9g Fiber: 0.3g Sugar: 17.6g Protein: 0.2g

 

 

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32 thoughts on “Green Tomato Jam – A Fall Treat

    1. The original recipe called for a mix of sugar and honey. You would probably have to play with the recipe a bit, but you can probably use all honey if you needed to.

  1. I’ve never tried Green Tomato Jam before. It looks delicious. I have so many extra tomatoes from my garden right now. I’m always looking for great ways to use them up. Thanks for sharing.

  2. That’s a great idea. I have a few green tomatoes in my backyard. I think I will give your recipe a try and see what comes out of it lol. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Love this idea – green tomatoes with lemon and brown sugar – thanks so much for the recipe. It is right up my alley. Small communities spread out here in Big Bend and when I can I like to participate in the Bountiful Baskets, where we just get large surprise baskets of fruits and veggies – jams are the best for big bushels!

  4. I made this today and added rosemary. Turn out wonderful but the next time I would leave out the vanilla as it seems to over power it.

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