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I was blessed this weekend with a follower, Erin, who shared with me a recipe that I have done before from a different canning book but Erin’s is from the Joy of Pickling. It has an interesting twist in that there is a lemon slice at the bottom of each jar. It looks so interesting I asked her if I could share the recipe and the pic that she put up.

Thanks again Erin for a great inspiration for using tomatoes in a classic way that many remember from the past!

Tomato Preserve

This is not a beginners recipe
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 d 1 hr 20 mins
Total Time 1 d 1 hr 30 mins
Course Appetizer, Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 40


  • 5 lbs tomatoes
  • 8 cups sugar
  • 2 tbs pickling spices
  • 6 thin slices ginger
  • 4 pc. medium lemons sliced


  • Blanch tomatoes -2 min- plunge cold water, core, peel & quarter. In a bowl mix sugar with tomatoes and cover with plastic wrap let stand 6-12 hours in the refrigerator. (This is called macerating the tomatoes)
  • Drain the liquid from tomatoes into a saucepan. Tie the pickling spices and ginger in cheesecloth .
  • Bring the tomato liquid to a boil and stir until syrup forms a thread- 220 degrees F. on a candy thermometer. (This is how you know it will set)
  • Add tomatoes, lemons, and spices. Reduce heat to low and cook tomato mixture until dark red and translucent.
  • Skim off any foam - remove spices -with plastic utensil remove lemon slices place in bottoms of sterilized jars.
  • Ladle preserves into half pint jars leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Wipe rims and add hot lid/ring.  Process the jars for 20 minutes in a boiling water bath. Do not start timing until the water has come back to a full rolling boil.
Keyword Tomato Preserve