Surprise Raspberry Jam Recipe
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Surprise Raspberry Jam Recipe

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I've made this jam for many years and no one has been able to guess the secret ingredient —tomatoes! Everyone swears it tastes just like fresh raspberry jam! —Elizabeth Baker, Birdsboro, Pennsylvania
Featured In: 19 Freezer Jam Recipes
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 35 min. + standing
MAKES:44 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 35 min. + standing
MAKES: 44 servings


  • 5 cups chopped peeled fresh tomatoes
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) raspberry gelatin

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons: 82 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 6mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.


  1. Rinse three clean 1-pint plastic containers with lids with boiling water. Dry thoroughly.
  2. In a large saucepan, combine tomatoes, sugar and lemon juice. Cook and stir over high heat until mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 25 minutes. Remove from heat. Skim off foam if necessary. Add gelatin; stir until completely dissolved.
  3. Immediately fill all containers to within 1/2 in. of tops. Cool to room temperature, about 1 hour. Wipe off top edges of containers; cover with lids. Let stand at room temperature 3 hours or until set, but not longer than 24 hours.
  4. Jam is now ready to use. Refrigerate up to 3 weeks or freeze up to 12 months. Thaw frozen jam in refrigerator before serving. Yield: about 5-1/2 cups.
Originally published as Surprise Raspberry Jam in Country Woman July/August 2003, p40

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RuthThomas50 User ID: 8155632 251830
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2016

"I still can't believe how good this is! Nobody would ever guess that tomatoes are the main ingredient. It tastes and looks wonderful and couldn't be easier to make."

hughesr User ID: 5394434 230116
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2015

"There's always that much sugar in jam. It's what preserves the fruit. You could probably try no sugar jello."

1katzzee1 User ID: 7687853 230088
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2015

"Can this be canned like regular jam? (not put in freezer)"

tommypoo User ID: 1263135 89468
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2014

"My son who doesn't like tomatoes never suspected a thing and said it was his favorite jam so far that I've made. I'm making it again this year!!"

Lynsue User ID: 4504275 95191
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2014

"Could someone let me know if you use green or ripe tomatoes, of doesn't it matter. Have been wanting to try this but don't want to waste the ingred. [email protected] Thanks"

PerlaRose User ID: 887207 130702
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2013

"I have made this twice this year and no one guessed that it is tomatoes! Very tasty and pretty red color."

lady01 User ID: 1015125 205625
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2013

"Sounds like a lot of sugar. Wondering if you could use less and still be a success? Could you use no sugar jello?"

wcglanzer User ID: 244618 55064
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2013

"I make this often and love to give it away with a loaf of freshly baked homemade bread!!"

Kilibrado User ID: 4797118 89467
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2013

"My grandmother used to make this and it was always delicious. She always cooked the tomatoes down so there were no big chunks so you wouldn't get the taste of the tomato."

Cupcake_k9 User ID: 7172020 64531
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2013

"I had been given a bag of ripe tomatoes I needed to use quickly and found this recipe. I was shocked at the flavor. It had a slight hint of tomato when you bite into a chunk but was still unexpectedly good. Will have to take some to my vegan coworker"

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