Thursday, November 5, 2009

Yellow Pear Tomato Preserve


This may sound weird, but it is incredibly delicious. I have to grow yellow pear tomatoes every year now, just to make this stuff. It's not difficult to grow enough - the plant grows to a humongous size here in ABQ, and is extremely hardy and prolific.  The preserve is sweet, gingery and mildly tomato-flavored - it's delicious on toast, or on a Thanksgiving-leftover turkey sandwich... seriously, on anything.

There are actually quite a few recipes to be found if you search the internets, but here is the recipe I started with, and I love it! http://www.recipezaar.com/Yellow-Pear-Tomato-Preserves-37317 Thank you, "mysterygirl" for the great recipe.

Here's the recipe in case the link gets broken someday:

8 cups yellow pear tomatoes
1 lemon
3 cups sugar
1 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons ginger root or 4 tablespoons thinly sliced candied ginger
 
Wash and dry tomatoes. Cut a thin slice from blossom end and press out seeds and discard. Combine tomatoes, sugar and salt, simmer until sugar is dissolved. Boil for about 40 minutes. Add thinly sliced lemon and minced or sliced ginger. Boil about 10 minutes longer. Pour into hot jars and seal at once.
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