So my old lady canning efforts continued this past weekend. I made tomato jelly for the second year. I was so excited for my garden to finally put out enough tomatoes at once to make this possible. This stuff is SO GOOD! Since Saturday, the tomatoes continue to ripen at a crazy pace. So it looks like my next canning adventure may not be long off!
This year I made a small modification to the recipe, because I forgot to buy a lemon to zest. Ha! So orange zest it was! And it turned out to be a wonderful change.
Yields: About 6 half pint jars
3 cups prepared tomatoes (about 2 1/2 lbs of tomatoes)
1 1/2 tsp grated orange rind
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 C lemon juice
1 box powdered pectin
To prepare tomatoes: Wash ripe tomatoes. Scald, peel, and chop tomatoes. Place chopped tomatoes in a saucepan and heat slowly to simmering, stirring constantly to prevent sticking and burning. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occassionaly. Take cooked tomatoes and place in a blender. Pulse until no chunks remain. Measure 3 cups of the cooked tomatoes into a large saucepan. Add orange rind, allspice, cinnamon, and cloves.
To make jelly: Sterilize canning jars. Add lemon juice to the prepared tomatoes in the saucepan. Measure sugar and set aside. Stir powdered pectin into tomatoes. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly. At once, stir in sugar. Stir and bring to a full rolling boil that can’t be stirred down. Then boil hard for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
Remove from heat. Skim off foam. Pour hot jelly into hot jars, leaving 1/4 inch head space. Place the lids on tightly. Process in a Boiling Water Canner (ie. big pot that allows water to be filled above the jars). 5 minutes.
My jars sealed in about 30 minutes. And the jelly tasted delicious. Let me know how yours comes out!
Stay positive and love your life!
Listening to: Them Crooked Vultures – No One Loves Me & Neither Do I
Eating: Caprese salad and mushroom soup.
Drinking: Sugar free Monster
Random fact: I love the show Dexter. I can’t believe it’s the last season!