With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Grandmom Gaskill's Tomato Jam

Monday, April 15, 2013

Grandmom Gaskill's Tomato Jam

I was so excited to received this email and recipe from my daughters sweet mother-in-law, Jane who is distantly related to my husband through marriage (her aunt was married to my husbands great uncle):

For years Cousin Eileen tried to get Grandmom Gaskill's tomato jam recipe. The aunts would tell her, "It's just tomatoes, sugar and lemon juice". Well, she died never having the recipe. It was a fond and delicious memory of her grandmother.

My mother dropped one of her magazines and it opened to this recipe.

Anyway, this jam doesn't taste like tomatoes, but some other fruit. And it is part of your heritage. I plan to make it at some point, but wanted to send this along before it fell off my radar.

Cousin Michele has the recipe from my mom so their part of the Gaskills are covered
Grandmom Gaskill (center) with her children
Grandmom Gaskill with Great-Grandson, my husband, John
Yummo Grandmom Gaskill's Tomato Jam


10 to 12 Large Ripe tomatoes enough to make 6 cups pulp
6 cups Granulated sugar
1 teaspoon lemon or lime juice

Wash ripened tomatoes (do not use cherry tomatoes) cut out stalks. Drop into Boiling water 1 minute; remove skins and discard them. Squeeze out some of the juice and seeds (discard or save for something else) Chop tomatoes into pieces or use processor for a few seconds.

Put Tomatoes into large pot. Boil for 15 minutes to reduce liquids Add sugar in the amount equal to the tomatoes; stir and blend.  Bring Mixture to a full boil. Stir frequently, until it thickens about 1/2 hr.

Just before taking jam off heat add lemon or lime juice. This keeps the sugar from separating from the fruit later on. If you like the taste of cinnamon, add a dash at the same time as the lemon juice. stir in.

Cool and pour into clean pint jars leaving 1" head-space; cap and seal jars. Place in large pot. Pour in enough boiling water to cover the jar tops and bring to a boil. When water is boiling briskly cover pot and set timer for 15 minutes (Remember the water has to cover the jars for 15 minutes)

Carefully remove hot jars and set to cool on folded kitchen towels.
One by one, in rapid succession they'll make a popping sound. Jam will thicken as it cools Remember to label and date the jars. Makes 4 pints
  • Add tomatoes to pot of boiling water for 1-2 minutes, just until skin cracks.
  • Remove and allow to cool until able to handle
  • Remove skin
  • Chop/mash and measure tomato pulp and sugar
  • Add tomato pulp to saucepan and bring to a boil; cook 15 minutes
  • Add sugar; stir and bring back to boil.
  • Boil hard (being careful not to boil over) stirring frequently about 30-40 minutes
  • Stir in lemon/lime juice and cinnamon (if using)
  • Remove from heat and carefully pour into jars,  Refrigerate or can in a water bath.
    A very simple recipe that is surprisingly delicious!
    Spread on a cracker with cream cheese and we couldn't stop eating it
    ready for gift giving
    (jars not processed in a water bath need refrigeration)
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greenmeadows said...

Love the way you've presented! It's sounds easy too... I loved the "apple coffee cake" too in your previous posts, and I can't wait to try it:)

Melanie said...

This is my kind of recipe!! Tomato jam was on my list for this year, thanks for sharing the recipe! You are smart to preserve this piece of your family history, we let it slip away too quickly, and our youhger generations need to know these things!

Nancy said...

Thank you for this recipe. We are praying for a good tomato year. I will definitely be trying this one.

Keri On said...

This looks delicious! Thank you for sharing it!
I especially appreciate the family history....makes it taste better in my opinion!

kitty said...

What a treasure to have this recipe, Lorraine! I make jam all year long, but have never made or eaten tomato jam. I look forward to your kicked up version, too. I loved seeing the old photos that you shared.

kitty said...

I forgot to say that your photos are sooo beautiful of the jam! They look like they should be in a magazine, like Country Living or Southern Living.

Debbie said...

I would have never thought of tomatoes and jam together. I have a feeling it is just delicious, especially with crackers and cream cheese..yum. Enjoyed this as all of your posts!

lindsey said...

This looks great. Each year I grow tomatoes and then make tomato chutney but this looks lighter than chutney and would make a nice change

Olga said...

Wow, that's quite an interesting recipe. The jam looks so beautiful and delicious. I already planted my tomato plants, and hopefully I'll have a nice tomato harvest in the summer. I want to try this recipe. I'm am pinning it! Thank you Lorraine!

NanaNor's said...

Hi there, Thank you so much for this recipe-it is a wonderful ways to utilize huge amounts of tomatoes. There are so many recipes that are difficult because I can't have gluten but this is perfect.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

This sure sounds good! Ma always talks about G-Mom-D's tomato jam. She used to put one whole slice of lemon in each jar, I'm wondering if this is similar:@)

Susan said...

Hi LDH. I never had tomato jam, in my whole life. Sounds intriguing. Susan

miss flibbertigibbet said...

I love the story! My Granny canned everything and taught me how too. I used to can more when I was younger but it became expensive to buy the produce. I was never a great gardener because I was the only one interested and it is SO much work that I couldn't keep up alone! But, tomatoes are cheap and I do usually manage to grow those. I am going to try this! Thanks for sharing!

Just a little something from Judy said...

Living in a part of the country where tomatoes are in abundance each summer, I am thankful for the step by step instructions of this great looking recipe. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. I know this is one my friends and family would like to be served. I like your pictures too.

happeningswithLana said...

Thank you for sharing! I love to see old family recipes that everybody loves. We do alot of canning so I am hoping to try it this summer.

Pattie T. said...

I love old family recipes and think it is so important to preserve them. You've done just that in this wonderful blog post. It looks delicious as well.

Ms Lemon of Make Mine Lemon said...

Can hardly wait for tomato season.

Debbie Borthwick said...

I have to admit, I've never had tomato jam, but, oh boy, it sounds so good! I have to pin this, I would really love to try it.
Thanks for dropping by and for your lovely comment!
Debbie :)

Julie Willson said...

Bring on July and some fresh vine-ripened tomatoes. This looks fantastic & I can't wait to try it!!

Randi~Dukes and Duchesses said...

I'm completely intrigued by this recipe and can't wait to try it! I featured you tonight at the Project Inspire{d} link party!

Samantha said...

Hi, is it possible to use canned tomatoes instead (due to some ingredients constraints I have). How much canned tomatoes should I use instead of the fresh ones? Thank you

Mary Correia said...

My husband and I searched the internet to get a recipe for tomato jam just like my mother (Portuguese) used to make and came across your site. We tried it and loved it so much we make it a few times in the summer and give it out as gifts!! Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe.

bigmouthfromny said...

Hello. Are you related to margaret Gaskill of clare, MI who died may 2011?

Radrac said...

My mother made tomato jam. She added a slice of lemon and a cinnamon stick to each jar. I have put up 2 gallons of stewed tomatoes and a gallon of sauce. I believe I will try your recipe with the many tomatoes I still have.

Radrac said...

My mother made tomato jam. She added a slice of lemon and a cinnamon stick to each jar. I have put up 2 gallons of stewed tomatoes and a gallon of sauce. I believe I will try your recipe with the many tomatoes I still have.

Eileen Vialpando said...

I love this jelly, I made it 2 days all ready and just can't keep up with it. Everyone around me love it. Thank you!

NCOC Ladies said...

I almost cried when I found this recipe. My Momma made it when I was a child. When she died the recipe went with her. All the other recipes that I have found on the internet had spices and lemon peel in it. Momma's didn't have either. I just remember her being real sweet tasting. I do believe this is what my Momma made....so a great big THANK YOU!

carlene said...

ILove the simple recipe better also sometimes simple is best. I thank you so much for this recipe sure does bring back memories. Thank you and may God bless you Immensely.

carlene said...

Thank you for the recipe,sure does bring back memories.I too think simple is a lot of times best. God bless you immensely.


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