I have lived on a farm all my life, so I have always had a garden. I can a lot of my garden-grown fruits and veggies and I make these wonderful preserves every year.—Evelyn Stearns, Alto Pass, Illinois
- 4 cups sugar
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 medium lemons, chopped
- 1 cup water
- 2 pounds yellow pear tomatoes, chopped
- In a Dutch oven, combine sugar, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, lemons and water. Cook over medium heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the tomatoes. Reduce heat to low; continue cooking for 45-60 minutes or until tomatoes become transparent, stirring frequently.
- Ladle hot mixture into five hot half-pint jars, leaving 1/4-in. headspace. Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace, if necessary, by adding hot mixture. Wipe rims. Center lids on jars; screw on bands until fingertip tight.
- Place the jars into canner with simmering water, ensuring that they are completely covered with water. Bring to a boil; process 20 minutes. Remove jars and cool. Yield: 5 half-pints.
Originally published as Pear Tomato Preserves in Birds & Blooms August/September 2001, p33
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