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Tomato Butter, Round 2

September 24, 2010

Here is the basic recipe that I have based all of my tomato butter recipes off of:

Tomato Butter, from Food in Jars
makes 2 pints

5 pounds tomatoes, peeled and pureed (approxiately 10 cups)
1 1/3 cups honey
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 lemon, zested
2 tablespoons bottled lemon juice

Chopped tomatoes, pre-puree

Put the tomato puree in a slow cooker. Cook on low, with the lid propped on a chopstick or wooden spoon laid across the rim of the cooker, for 12-18 hours, until the tomato puree has reduced by more than half.

When most the liquid has cooked off and the tomato puree is quite thick, add the honey, brown sugar, spices and lemon juice and zest. Using an immersion blender, puree the butter into a smooth spread (if you don’t have an immersion blender, carefully transfer the butter into a blender or bowl of a food processor and carefully puree).

Fill jars, wipe rims, apply lids and rings and process in a boiling water canner for 10 minutes (start time when water has returned to a boil).

When time is up, remove jars from canner and let cool on a towel-lined counter. When jars are cool, remove rings and test seals. Store in a cool, dark place for up to one year.

Eat with some crusty bread and goat cheese…yum!

Tasty appetizer!

The third and fourth batches did not get peeled, and this seemed to be fine, taste-wise.  Also a huge time savings.  Other variations I have tried:

  • Garlic-Rosemary: Add garlic (about 6 cloves) to the tomatoes at the start of cooking.  Omit honey, brown sugar and spices listed above, but include salt, 1/4 tsp. each of nutmeg and cumin.  Add 1/2 tbsp. lemon juice per 8 oz. jar before ladling in tomatoes.  Process as above.
  • Rosemary-Cumin: Omit brown sugar and spices listed above, but include 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp.  cumin, 2 tbsp. finely chopped rosemary, and increase honey to 1 cup.  Add 1/2 tbsp. lemon juice per 8 oz. jar before ladling in tomatoes.  Process as above.
  • Spicy Maple: Omit honey, brown sugar and spices listed above, but include 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp.  each of cayenne and crushed red pepper, and 1 cup maple syrup.  Add 1/2 tbsp. lemon juice per 8 oz. jar before ladling in tomatoes.  Process as above.
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