I still had more tomatoes to harvest on our Easter weekend visit. I had enough tomatoes to make "Robyn's Tomato Jam" - so called because the recipe I used is courtesy of Robyn from Stitchin Time - bless you Robyn :)
|If you click on the image you'll see I still had|
plenty of tomatoes to harvest
But I was not going to schlep them back to the town house in order to do the preserving. Because I knew we were going to be there for four days I had used my head and I took along my 15lt pot, and some preserving jars - and even though I knew that using the solar oven would be a no-no, I figured I would cook them "somehow"...
That "somehow" was perfect. Due to the damp, inclement weather we fired up our Dover stove and the pot was placed on the hottest point.
|Making tomato jam|
|Tomato jam in jars ready for sealing|
RMan couldn't wait. That night he had some "tomato jam" with his roast chicken (Lynda Brown's "The Preserving Book" says that you can serve tomato jam with cheese, burgers and sausages so why not roast chicken), and the next morning he had some more on his toast at breakfast time.
And, yes, Teach, I did make you a jar too :) (providing RMan doesn't eat it before we synchronize our visits again).
The recipe for tomato jam that Robyn sent me is:
A knob of butter
1.5 kgs (3 lbs) firm, red tomatoes, peeled and chopped (I had 3.0 - 3.5kgs so I doubled the recipe)
1.5kgs (3 lbs) sugar
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
sliced peel (including the pith) from 1 X lemon
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon chilli flakes
1 teaspoon mixed herbs
Butter a large saucepan.
Add the tomatoes and sugar. Bring to the boil, stirring until the sugar has dissolved.
Add the lemon juice and peel with has been tied in a muslin bag. (If using add the chilli flakes and mixed herbs)
Boil quickly until setting point is reached. Stir in the salt and immediately remove from the heat.
Remove the bag of peel, cool the jam and pour into hot sterilized jars.
Cover and seal.
Makes 4 - 5 X 500gm (1 lb) jars
Nil, Nada, Zero grid power was used in making this jam as we consumed the wood from undesirable, alien trees whilst I preserved yet more excess produce from my shadecloth veggie patch - what could be better or more satisfying?
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Sundried tomatoes in oil, tomato jam, whole cocktail
tomatoes and tomato soup.
6 - 7 kgs with various neighbours;
16 X 300gm bags of peeled, finely chopped tomatoes (for sauces) which I'm storing in my freezer;
6 litres of tomato soup;
6 jars of whole preserved cocktail tomatoes;
2 X 1 lt and 5 X 500ml jars of tomato jam;
3 bottles of tomato ketchup;
and 4 jars of sundried tomatoes in oil.
And, in addition, I have cooked at least 3 - 4 meals a week using tomatoes in some form or another and we have had our fill of fresh tomatoes in salads all summer long :) Now, I ask you, who could ask for more?