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Old Fashioned Spiced Tomato Preserves Recipe

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This recipe for Old Fashioned Spiced Tomato Preserves, by , is from The Gomez Family Cookbook 2019, one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We'll help you start your own personal cookbook! It's easy and fun. Click here to start your own cookbook!

Theresa Gomez


3 c. prepared tomatoes (approx 15 plum tomatoes, or 3 lbs)
1/8 c. to ¼ c. lemon juice (I use about 1/8 c.)
4 ½ c. sugar
3 ½ tbsp. pectin (real fruit pectin by Ball Classic) or 1 box sure-jello fruit pectin (can usually be found by salad dressings/vinegar in grocery store)
½ tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. allspice
¼ tsp. ground cloves

Scald, peel and chop tomatoes. Cover and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Measure 3 cups into a 6 or 8-quart saucepan. Add lemon juice and spices. Measure sugar and set aside.
Stir in pectin into prepared tomatoes (saucepan must be no more than 1/3 full to allow for a full rolling boil.)
Bring to a full boil over high heat stirring constantly. At once, stir in sugar. Stir and bring to a full rolling boil that cannot be stirred down. Then boil hard for one minute. Remove from heat.
Skim off foam with large metal spoon. Immediately ladle into hot sterilized jars, leaving ¼ in. space at top. With a damp cloth, wipe rims and threads clean.
Immediately cover jars with hot lids. Screw bands on firmly and let stand to cool. Check seals. Store in a cool dry place.
When sterilizing jars and lids…must reach 180º and maintain for ten minutes. Use a thermometer.




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