Tomato Jam | Goodbye summer

My past few weeks have been absolutely crazy. So crazy I barely noticed how quick time was passing by. I realised that the heat of summer was no longer around. And I found myself taking out cardigans, jackets and scarves…. Where has my summer gone? And autumn, too? The maple leaves on my neighbour´s yard has not even turned red yet. Winter seems to be in a hurry this year.

Summer Essential Harvest!

Last weekend we made an effort to clear out a few tomato bushes. We have been so blessed with heavy crops of juicy tomatoes. We ate them mainly in salad and sandwich. Pleasure, it was so simple. This was our first ever gardening efforts, and it seemed everyone in the house enjoyed it immensely.

Naturally enough, we had more tomatoes than we needed (I didn´t buy tomatoes for nearly 3 months!). So, time to preserve summer produces. Tomato jam was the perfect choice, since I did not have quite enough tomatoes to make large batches of passata.

This jam (or chutney?) has a perfect balance of sweetness and tartness. The spices and warmness of ginger, cinnamon and cloves are wonderful. It pairs well with most meats and cold cuts. I personally love this tomato jam with pan-fried haloumi cheese, some fresh tomatoes and fresh baguette.

Tomato Jam

Tomato Jam
Adapted minimally from here.
makes approximately 1 liter of jam

1600g heirloom tomatoes (with skins and seeds), finely chopped
1 small onion, finely chopped
300g raw sugar
1 tsp. fresh ginger, grated
1 red chili pepper, finely chopped
1 cinnamon stick
1/4 tsp ground cumin
pinch of ground cloves
Juice of 2 lemons
1.5 tbsp. salt
4 tbsp. balsamic vinegar


Combine all ingredients, except balsamic vinegar , in a large pot. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to medium. Simmer, stirring regularly, until the juices have evaporated and tomatoes have reduced to a thick and sticky jam. This will take approximately 1 to 1,5 hours, depending on the amount of heat.

In the end of cooking time add  balsamic vinegar. Adjust the flavors if necessary and remove from heat.

Ladle the hot jam into sterilized jars and twist on the lids.Cool and store in the fridge for about 3-4 months.

52 Responses to Tomato Jam | Goodbye summer

  1. leaf (the indolent cook) says:

    Envious of your abundant tomato crop! The jam looks beautiful.

  2. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    A lovely jam! The flavors are wonderful.

  3. Anna @ The Littlest Anchovy says:

    What a wonderful way to end the summer Anh!Now in the dead of winter you can enjoy a little bit of summer :)

  4. Paaka Shaale says:

    What a lovely recipe. I just loved the first photograph. It's so stunning :)

  5. Magda | My Little Expat Kitchen says:

    It's Spring here! :) Sorry, don't mean to rub it in, it's just that I'm so happy that winter is behind us here in the Northern hemisphere.

  6. Pam says:

    Our summer is in a hurry here!

  7. Eri says:

    Well, let it come to us for a while..

  8. Lisa H. says:

    Wonderful summer in a jar :)

  9. Shulie says:

    Anh, just wanted to let you know how stunning this post and recipe are. Doubly meaningful is the fact that the tomaroes are homegrown the fruits of your own labor!

  10. Nic@diningwithastud says:

    Love how vibrant it looks. This would taste fab with haloumi as you said :)

  11. chocolatesuze says:

    argh so jealous of your tomato growing prowess!

  12. Kulsum@JourneyKitchen says:

    send me a jar of these Anh! its so lovely and the flavors are right up my alley!

  13. chinmayie @ love food eat says:

    That first picture screams summer! Tomato jam sounds so good.

  14. chinmayie @ love food eat says:

    That first picture screams summer! Love the yellow in the photo. Jam sounds lovely.

  15. Cocoa and Lavender says:

    With summer coming soon to the Southwest U.S., I will be looking forward to making this jam very soon! Thanks, Anh – I can also see this being served with goat cheese on wheat crackers! ~ David

  16. Little Corner of Mine says:

    What a great idea to make it into jam!

  17. Erin says:

    Anh, I'm so jealous of your tomato bounty – we have to wait 6 more months for good tomatoes here in California! I keep regretting that I didn't preserve more at the end of last summer. This year, I will have to try your jam:)

  18. Hannah says:

    Oooh, it's like kasundi! I've always loved kasundi on a slab of sourdough with cheese, so I think I'd love this :)

  19. Jennifer (Delicieux) says:

    What a wonderful way to hold onto summer Anh, which this beautiful tomato jam. I love your suggestion of serving it with haloumi, that sounds amazing.

  20. Nami | Just One Cookbook says:

    Oh I remember that feeling that summer has gone… it was several months ago, and now FINALLY spring is around the corner! We're totally in opposite season it's kind of strange, but great things is that we can look forward to recipes you shared. =) Tomato jam? First time I heard of it but I love it. Looks so delicious and your tomatoes are beautiful! As always your photography is

  21. Loveforfood says:

    Thanks for all the yummy food

  22. Dolly says:

    yum… this would go good on my sandwiches!

  23. Deeps @ Naughty Curry says:

    winter has already set in? cant tell u how jealous i am of where u live i would happily trade places… where i stay it is terribly, unbearably hot & winter is still far far away 😀 i love spicy-tangy-sweet tomato chutney/jam's, such a burst of flavour they have

  24. Angie's Recipes says:

    I am going to make this when summer arrives 😉 Love some for my bread now.

  25. SavoringTime in the Kitchen says:

    I'm sorry your tomato season is ending and I am looking forward to ours coming up. I hope I have such a wonderful crop as you!

  26. Cathleen says:

    I had to read that twice. Then I thought to myself "I thought only fruits went into jam". Then I remembered tomato is a fruit. I am intrigued. I have to try this out sometime!

  27. Katherine Martinelli says:

    This is perfect on the other side of the world as we just head into spring :-) It sounds delicious!!!

  28. kankana says:

    I sure do eat a lot of tomato chutney but jam is something i never tried. I hope you get some breathing time in between your busy schedule!

  29. Johanna GGG says:

    The cold weather seemed to come quickly this year – though this weekend has been lovely – love your jam – just the sort of thing I love with some bread and cheese

  30. mycookinghut says:

    Lovely tomato jam!! Home grown ones, I bet they are super yummy!

  31. The Café Sucré Farine says:

    Yum! looks and sounds so good! I will save this for a few months down the road when we are finishing up our summer, thanks!

  32. Umm Mymoonah says:

    I love this combination of sweet and spicy jam,beautiful pictures too.

  33. WokandSpoon says:

    Heading into summer this part of the world too! Looking forward to making some of this jam.

  34. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen says:

    Look at all those gorgeous tomatoes! Makes me want summer to get here over on my side of the world.

  35. Robert Richards Recipes says:

    Now this recipe excites me a lot! I'm gonna have to make it this coming weekend for sure.

  36. Caitlin says:

    you have such a gorgeous blog, anh! thank you for leaving a comment on my blog so i could find yours! xo

  37. Loveforfood says:

    Love all of these photos! and the food looks so good! Thanks

  38. Loveforfood says:

    Love all of these photos! and the food looks so good! Thanks

  39. Jehanne says:

    How I wish to have tomato shrubs too, lit would be so romantic, alas the concrete jungle! Your jam is so worth a market trip to buy tomatoes so I can have a jar of it at home !

  40. Katia says:

    Thank you Anh for sharing this lovely recipe, I would love to make it at the end of my summer…

  41. Russell at Chasing Delicious says:

    I've always wanted to try tomato jam. Lucky for me my summer is just about to begin – your title confused me for a second before I realized you're on the other side of the plant.

  42. Myfrenchkitchen says:

    Tomato jam is a fvorite of mine…ANd I love making it. I will have to try your recipe!

  43. Jo says:

    I have a recipe for chilli tomato jam as well which I have been dying to try out. I must say yours look so delicious and even better as it is home grown harvest.

  44. Winston says:

    YUUM! This recipe is amazing. I love it even more after hearing your suggestions to have it with haloumi nomzzz. And safe to keep for at least 3 months? Done! So making this soon. Thanks Anh. Hope you're doing well over there =]

  45. mjskit says:

    We just now moving into warmer weather and I am SO looking forward to good fresh tomatoes! This jam looks perfect and something I truly love. Thanks for sharing!

  46. Kitchen Flavours says:

    Tomato jam was there in my mind…but never tried attempting it…love this lush jam….looks delectable…

  47. ChichaJo says:

    Sounds lovely! I would love this with some cheese I think :)

  48. Kiran @ says:

    It's interesting that you are bidding goodbye to summer, whereas we are saying Hello here from the US :)

  49. Janine says:

    I'm jealous of the lovely heirloom tomatoes that you've got! Would love to have some jam right now with cheese!

  50. Nippon Nin says:

    Beautiful vivid color photos! I definitely put this on my to do list.

  51. shruti says:

    this is a fantastic jam . tomatoes are so photogenic…lovely shots anh

  52. yojo says:

    this recipe sounds amazing!! i like savoury jam more than sweet. The last time i tasted tomato jam was from a one-time market stall–now there is the recipe to make my own anytime i want!!

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