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Old-Fashioned Tomato Jam Recipe

Old-Fashioned Tomato Jam – This easy recipe makes the best tangy, sweet, and savory jam with tomatoes! It can be prepared as a tomato freezer jam or for canning, and is terrific to spread on sandwiches or serve as a dip.

old fashioned tomato jam recipe

Let me just start by saying: We LOVE making jam. There is nothing more satisfying than smearing a sandwich or cracker with a scoop of sweet and/or savory preserves that you made yourself from scratch.

And there’s no better time to jam out than summer when the fresh fruits and veggies are plentiful and perfectly ripe!

Fruity, savory, spicy, and oh-so scrumptious – there are countless varieties that you can make. A few of our favorites include this Best Easy Freezer Jam and Strawberry Rhubarb Jam recipes.

This Old-Fashioned Tomato Jam recipe is a classic for whenever we have a bounty (or excess) of summertime tomatoes. It’s a rare savory jam that’s brimming with deep, smoky, and slightly sweet flavors.

two crackers on a plate with cheese and tomato jam

Old-Fashioned Tomato Jam

Tomato Jam is a classic southern condiment that’s been enjoyed for generations. It’s distinct for its savoriness and wonderfully chunky texture and is often enjoyed as a spread or dip. (Keep reading for some great suggestions for tomato jam uses!)

Not only is it a delicious jam to enjoy, but this recipe is also terrifically easy to prepare – no pectin needed! Prep time is only 10 minutes, then you can finish the Old-Fashioned Tomato Jam either in the freezer or using traditional canning methods.

bite of cracker with cheese and homemade jam made with tomatoes

Ingredients You Need

There are only 8 simple and wholesome ingredients used to make this classic Tomato Jam recipe. And no pectin!

You probably have all of these in your kitchen right now:

  • Ripe tomatoesRoma or plum are best
  • Brown sugarfor sweet, deep flavor
  • Fresh gingergrated
  • Spicessalt, ground cumin, crushed red pepper, garlic powder
ingredients needed on a board

How to Make the Best Tomato Jam

The first step is to prep the ingredients: Chop the tomatoes and remove any loose seeds. Grate the fresh ginger.

chopped veggies in a pot

Next, set out a medium saucepot. Add all the ingredients. Yup, everything goes right in there.

adding brown sugar and seasonings to the pot

Bring to a boil.

Then lower the heat and simmer for 1 – 1 ½ hours, stirring regularly, so it doesn’t burn on the bottom.

Get the Complete (Printable) Tomato Jam Recipe Below. Enjoy!

cooking down down the homemade preserves

It should cook down a bit, but not reduce to the point of no moisture. Once the tomato jam looks thick and glossy, turn off the heat.

Place in jars and either can, freeze, or refrigerate.

full jar of homemade tomato jam with spoon in it

Storage Tips

Homemade jam can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 2 months, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Once it has been opened, keep stored in the fridge and use within 2-3 weeks.

spooning out a scoop of tomato jam from a mason jar

Tomato Jam Uses

There are so many delicious ways to enjoy Old-Fashioned Tomato Jam!

Here is just a quick little list to get the ideas flowing:

  • Use as a savory spread on burgers and sandwiches (like grilled cheese!)
  • Include a ramekin of jam on charcuterie boards.
  • Serve as an appetizer with cheese and crackers.
  • Enjoy as a dip for crackers and chips.
  • Add a spoonful to creamy soups, like tomato bisque.
  • Serve on warm biscuits.

What’s your favorite way to get your tomato jam on? Let us know in the comments!

overhead view of plate with two crackers, with cheese and dollop of tomato jam

Recipe Variations

Want to make this recipe a bit less “old-fashioned?” Try any of these swaps:

  • Add an extra 1/2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper for a jam with even more spicy heat.
  • Make Bacon and Tomato Jam! Add in 1 cup of crumbled cooked bacon before simmering.
  • Use this recipe and use a classic canning method for longer storage.
side view of plate, with old-fashioned tomato jam on crackers and cheese

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Old-Fashioned Tomato Jam Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Old-Fashioned Tomato Jam – This easy recipe makes the best tangy, sweet and savory jam with tomatoes without pectin or traditional canning!
Servings: 16 servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Chop the tomatoes and remove any loose seeds. Grate the fresh ginger.
  • Set out a medium saucepot. Add all the ingredients. Bring to a boil.
  • Lower the heat and simmer for 1 – 1 ½ hours, stirring regularly, so it doesn’t burn on the bottom.
  • Once the tomato jam looks thick and glossy, turn off the heat. Place in jars and either can, freeze, or refrigerate.

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Notes

This recipe makes 2 8-ounce jars.
Tomato jam can be kept in the fridge for up to 2 months, or in the freezer for up to 6 months. 
Tomato Bacon Jam! Add in 1 cup of crumbled cooked bacon before simmering.

Nutrition

Serving: 1oz, Calories: 51kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 225mg, Potassium: 157mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 12g, Vitamin A: 492IU, Vitamin C: 9mg, Calcium: 16mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Appetizer, Condiment, Dip, Sauce
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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2 comments on “Old-Fashioned Tomato Jam Recipe”

  1. This is the first time I’ve tried anything like this, but I will definitely be making it again! The ingredients come together to make such a deep flavor!

  2. This is just like the spread that my grandma used to make to smear on sandwiches! So yummy!