Camp Recipes: Cherry Tomato Jam

This is one of the many tasty recipes taught to campers at URJ Eisner Camp over the summer. Tomato jam is delicious on a grilled cheese sandwich, as a hot dog or hamburger condiment, or with eggs.

1 lb. cherry tomatoes
½ cup sugar
2 tbsp fresh orange juice
1 tbsp orange zest
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Wash and pat dry the cherry tomatoes (cut the larger ones in half). Transfer to a large skillet, stir in sugar, orange juice and zest.

Cook over medium-high, stirring frequently, until jam is thickened and it bubbles all over the surface, 10 to 12 minutes. In the last 2 minutes of cooking stir in cinnamon and vanilla.

You may keep the tomatoes in their real shape, or you can also strain the jam to a bowl through a fine sift pressing with a wooden spoon to extract as much of the smooth jam as possible.

With a clean spoon collect all of the jam from outside the strainer. Discard the solids.

Transfer jam to a jar and let cool to room temperature, then seal and keep in the refrigerator. The jam will continue to thicken as it cools.

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