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This sweet jam made from green tomatoes is a great homemade gift.

Makes: Approximately 10 × 250 ml jars
Fresh from the garden: Green tomatoes
Season: Summer/autumn

This jam is delicious with cheeses and chutneys, and as it’s sweet, like apricot jam, it’s also very nice on toast. It’s a great one to keep in mind to sell at fundraising events or give as a gift.

Ingredients

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Equipment

What to do

  • Remember to put a damp tea towel under your chopping board to stop it from slipping.

  • 1. Place the saucer in the freezer to chill – you will use it later to test the setting point of the jam.

  • 2. Prepare all of the ingredients based on the instructions in the ingredients list.

  • 3. Place tomatoes, sugar, water and ginger in the pot over high heat. Stir often, until
    the mixture comes to the boil.

  • 4. Continue to boil the jam until it reaches setting point.

  • 5. To test the setting point, take the saucer out of the freezer and drizzle a few drops of
    the hot jam onto the cold saucer. Try pushing the jam with your finger: if a wrinkly skin forms, the jam is setting. If a skin doesn’t form, keep boiling the jam and test again in 5 minutes. It should take between 45 minutes to an hour to reach setting point.

  • 6. *Very carefully pour the jam into the heat-proof jug and then into sterilised glass jars, screw the lids on tightly, wipe clean and allow to cool.

    * Adult supervision required. to sterilise jars and lids, wash them in hot soapy water, then rinse them in hot water. Place in a stockpot of boiling water for at least 10 minutes. drain jars upside down on a clean tea towel and dry them thoroughly in a 150°c oven. remove the jars from the oven and fill while still hot.

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