Bourbon Tomato Jam Recipe

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UPDATE Friends Drift Inn Bourbon Tomato Jam Recipe appeared in the September Edition of The Bourbon Review magazine. Read how that came about Revelations and Secrets… Real Life Adventures

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Bourbon Tomato Jam Recipe Home Canning

This is a much richer delicacy than my Green Tomato Preserves Recipe . “Hearty” seems like a good descriptor. I imagine it with roasted pork. I think of it slathered on cornmeal muffins or even Sweet Pumpkin Biscuits. For breakfast, I think it would “pop” with baked eggs.

Most gardeners in the Southeast will tell you this has been a very weird year for tomatoes. They just aren’t getting ripe. We have beautiful plants with big healthy fruits….but they are green as persimmons before a frost.

I’m a planner. I put hours of thought into the varieties of tomatoes put in the garden. I work out their maturity dates, with the intention of having a staggered harvest. If you ever have canned tomatoes by the bushels, you know why.

But you know what they say about the best laid plans – sometimes they just don’t come together. The tomatoes are ripening ever so slowly, with no rhyme or reason. I’ll get a couple handfuls of yellow pear babies, a few Hazelfields the size of a dinner plate, and the stray San Marzanos that for some reason thinks it should be red when the rest of the plums are green.

When we get a fair haul Charlie will make sauces by   the small batch; maybe 3 quarts at a time. It’s time consuming, but for the past three years we have lost the tomato harvest so every little globe is precious.

Today, I went down and picked. Not enough to justify making sauce, but too many to just let go to waste on the overburdened kitchen table. So, I bring you Bourbon Tomato Jam inspired by Food in Jars.

I’ll be making another batch of tomato jam, real soon.

PS If the tomatoes ever get ripe!

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About Joyce Pinson

Joyce Friend Pinson is a regional farm-to-table columnist for the Appalachian-News Express. She is a local television host. Her column show and blog, Friends Drift Inn, explores food, gardening, and real life farm-to-table stories from the perspective of a baby boomer in Appalachia. Joyce has a background in agriculture, media, and small business. Joyce is an heirloom gardening addict and home canner. She has a penchant for big hats, pointy toed shoes, and bourbon. Along with her husband Charlie, Joyce really does live in a barn where they ballroom dance. And laugh. And cook. And giggle.