I don’t like waste. I wasn’t around in the Great Depression or even the Second World War. I just don’t like waste. To me, it is disrespectful to Nature and to Life to waste ANY of the bounty we are so freely given.
So when this wonderful little self-seeded tomato plant, that had supplied an amazing amount of beautiful sweet fruit over the preceding months, had become very straggly and wind battered, I decided it needed to come out even though it was still bearing fruit.
The little green tomatoes still on the plant could have been fed to chickens or composted, but I decided to make some jam with them. I can remember my mother making Green Tomato Jam when I was a child and it was delicious. My mother used white sugar in her jam which really preserved the green colour of the tomatoes. I used rapadura sugar for a healthier jam and because it was what I had in the cupboard at the time, but it does overpower the lovely green of the tomatoes. The flavor easily made up for what this jam lacked in colour though.
Green Tomato Jam
450g Green Tomatoes
1 cup rapadura sugar or coconut sugar (or any other sugar)
1” piece of fresh ginger finely grated
Juice of a lemon
½ cup water
Wash your green tomatoes. These little tomatoes had a nice soft, thin skin, so I used them as they were.
If you are using large green tomatoes you may want to dunk them in boiling water to remove the skins and then cut the tomatoes into smaller pieces.
Add tomatoes, water and lemon juice to a saucepan and simmer until the tomatoes become soft and start to break up. Add sugar and stir until dissolved, and then stir every now and then using a wooden spoon. Boil for a further 20 – 30 minutes or until the jam passes the setting test.
To test jams for setting readiness:
Put a little jam or jelly on a cold plate. Leave to cool slightly. The mixture will set if the surface wrinkles when touched or is gently pushed.
When the jam passes the setting test, pour it into pre-warmed, sterile jars and cover immediately.
So Easy! And Oh So Delicious!
When friends and Family came over we had Green Tomato Jam on crumpets with blue cheese.
We also made a pizza with Green Tomato Jam, Blue cheese, Feta cheese, Brie cheese and Walnuts. Just Amazing! Mmmm so delicious.
If you have some green tomatoes, think about making some Green Tomato Jam with them. The flavor is amazing!
Do you eat green tomatoes? How do you have them?