Canning and Preserving Recipes

Cowboy Tomato Jam

This makes great holiday gifts! It's great served over a block of cream cheese as an appetizer.

Cowboy Tomato Jam


  • 1 pound fresh tomatoes, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 lime, juice and zest
  • 1 tablespoon zested fresh ginger
  • 1 whole jalapeno, minced*
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt

* Remove the white membrane, but use the seeds if you like it hot.


  1. Combine all ingredients in a deep saucepan. Cook over low heat until the sugar dissolves, stirring often.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium heat, continuing to stir, for several minutes.
  3. Increase heat and boil until temperature reaches 220 degrees F on a candy thermometer.
  4. Fill sterilized jars, leaving 1/2 inch headspace for food expansion. Seal immediately, and process in a hot water bath for 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from water bath and let set for 12 to 24 hours without moving.
  6. Label and store in a cool, dry place.