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Green Tomato Jam Recipe

Green Tomato Jam in jars

At the beginning of the summer I found myself in an awful place y’all…without my bestfriend and no Green Tomato Jam for comfort!

This weekend, I had to let my childhood bestie and co-writer, Rebekah Faubion, move to LA to pursue screenwriting. Here we are at Texas Book Fest with my literary agent, Dennis, and prolific Texas author, John De Mers.

Sarah Penrod and the Urban Cowgirl Tribe at Texas Book Fest


T’was a simpler time. (Le sigh)

Rebekah worked on my cookbook, taught me to write, and has essentially been my drinkin’ buddy from tea parties to Tito’s.

On her final Sunday Funday, surrounded by friends and family, we descended upon our favorite park for pizza, watermelon, and heartfelt companionship.

Times they are a changing and we’re all moving forward. I love new beginnings, but why do they have to sting so much?

I sat chatting with Rebekah’s mother in law, nibbling pizza crust, as she told me about her life traveling the world as a missionary, growing up in the rural south, and finally her favorite comfort foods.


As she explained, freshly-hulled purple peas, and green tomato jam with homemade cornbread was her End all. Be all. Cure-it-all.

I was feeling pretty beat up, so I reckoned it was worth a shot.

Fresh Black Eyed Peas- Close Up

I hit up the Coppell Farmer’s Market the following Saturday and scored everything on my list including the ingredients to make this fine, Green Tomato Jam recipe.

HOT DANG! It is delicious and goes on everything!

I had to meddle with the recipe to get it just right, removing a bit of a sugar, and adding some allspice and ginger for more three dimensional flavor, but I still can’t believe the stuff isn’t everywhere… Two weeks later, I slipped Rebekah’s mother in law her own little jar after church, and she rewarded me with a squeal of delight!

Green Tomatoes being prepared for jam

This green tomato jam certainly won’t cure a broken heart, but it will remind you to slow down and enjoy the easy things in life. Like friendship, and quiet Sunday evenings eating fresh watermelon with the ones you love. 🙂

Green Tomato Jam Processing

Enjoy this Green Tomato Jam with a slice of hot buttered cornbread or a bowl of black-eyed peas. We find it’s tasty with everything from cornmeal battered catfish to buttered cabbage.

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Green Tomato Jam
Yield: 3 pints + 1 c.

Green Tomato Jam

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

This classic green tomato jam is simple and delicious--just like grandma used to make. I serve it with buttered cornbread, atop cream cheese and crackers, or with a hot bowl of black-eyed peas. It's a great way to use leftover green tomatoes at the end of the season and enjoy that tart and tasty flavor year-round.


  • 52 green tomatoes (3-4 lbs)
  • 28 oz. sugar, by weight
  • 1 large lemon, zest and juice
  • 1 t. cinnamon (or more if you like)
  • 2 inch piece of fresh ginger, minced
  • 1/4 t. allspice
  • salt to taste
  • 3 pint jars for canning, plus an 8oz. jar for the refrigerator.


  1. If you're going to can this recipe, sterilize the jars according to standard procedure.
  2. Rough chop the green tomatoes and ginger, just so they will fit into a food processor or blender. Process or blend into a puree.
  3. Pour the puree and sugar into a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the lemon zest and juice, cinnamon, and allspice and salt well.
  4. Bring to a low boil, and simmer steadily for 30 min to an hour. It should be thick and the flavor should be well blended. Season to taste with salt and lemon juice. Add additional spices, if you like.
  5. The jam is now done. If you prefer to can, take the mixture to 220 degrees and ladle into sterile jars. Wipe rims clean, and place lids and rings on the jars. Place in hot water, making sure the jars are fully covered and process for 10 minutes.
  6. Remove and place on countertop... you may hear a pop as they seal. Tighten the seals after cooling. Any jars that do not seal need to be used immediately and kept in the refrigerator.
  7. Give to friends and family! Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 94Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 31mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 1gSugar: 22gProtein: 2g

These nutritional values are an estimate only and provided as a courtesy. Different brands of ingredients may result in different calorie counts, and the software does not account for these differences. Consult with your dietician or doctor for precise nutritional values.



Monday 16th of October 2023

I made green tomato I guess it’s am followed the recipe to the letter I had about 75 tomatoes I cooked them down I didn’t purée all of them so some of the chunks are still in there I canned them in 8oz jars I got 26 jars and a half one that I put in the fridge I processed the others in a hot water bath they all sealed. My question is should this jam be soft and like an applesauce consistency did I do some thing wrong.

Sarah Penrod

Tuesday 17th of October 2023

Yeah, it's spreadable like apple butter but has a bit more chunks because of the nature of green tomatoes.


Sunday 6th of November 2022

Wondering if you filter out the seeds after pureeing?

Sarah Penrod

Monday 7th of November 2022

I do not. They looks pretty in the final jam!

Laura Gerrow

Friday 9th of September 2022

Made two batches one as jam and one I didn’t thicken as much was like a sauce. Well I tried it and taste just like apple sauce. Gave some out to friends and they loved it, one had a daughter that was allergic to apples when she was younger and this would have been great to have! Both ways were a hit.

Sarah Penrod

Friday 9th of September 2022

That's great news Laura! Thanks for sharing.

Jean Alderson

Wednesday 16th of March 2022

I loved this recipe only had a kilo of tomatoes so halved it came out perfect ,set well taste great and so easy and quick well make again thanks, did increase the fresh ginger, got 4 small pots

Sarah Penrod

Wednesday 16th of March 2022

We are so glad to hear you enjoy this recipe and thanks for your tips! :) Chef Sarah

Michael Sheridan

Monday 10th of January 2022

How many cups is 3-4 pounds of tomatoes? Hard to figure out pounds with different size tomatoes.


Tuesday 25th of October 2022

@Joan, I found that 10 tomatoes = just over 4lbs, I am going to go by weight not the amount. Even my cherry tomatoes weighed more. Excited to try this and fingers crossed it works by weight


Wednesday 14th of September 2022

@Sarah Penrod, Are you using cherry tomatoes? 52 seems like A HUGE amount and certainly far more than 3pounds.

Sarah Penrod

Saturday 5th of February 2022

Hi Michael, I just purchase 52 green tomatoes from my farmer's market and it's between 3 and 4 pounds. The recipe always comes out perfectly. I have never measured by cups for canning.

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