What to do with ALL these TOMATOES?

I mean seriously? I wanted the garden to do well, but this is crazy! I dare to say I have had enough! I can’t even think about a tomato sandwich at the moment! So, I am getting creative and am making things. I took the white bowl of cherry tomatoes and made TOMATO JAM! Yes, it sounds odd, I know but it is really quit savory almost like something that would be an awesome addition to a cheese platter or served with crusty bread and roasted chicken. I have been OBSESSED with finding a recipe for this after hearing it mentioned and finally found a starting point when I found http://www.whiteonricecouple.com/ . Thank-you for getting me started.

Tomato Jam
1 lb tomatoes
1/2 c brown sugar
4 cloves
1 cinnamon stick
3 tsp balsamic vinegar
1/2 lime, squeezed
1 Tb fresh thyme
Place all ing in a non-stick pot and bring to a boil reduce down to a simmer and let go for about a hour. It will thicken. I had enough to taste yum-eeeee and to fill to small jelly jars. I think this will be a wonderful addition to my Holiday Food Baskets!!
Tomato Stew/Soup Starter
This is a really easy way to use your extra tomatoes without the hassle or confusion as to where to store all those jars! I use quart size freezer bags and each bag is a wonderful start to my Homemade Veggie Soup (Tori Darlin’s Recipe will share later!)

6-8 tomatoes, peeled, cored & seeds removed
2 stalks celery, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1 med onion, diced
1 bayleaf
3 Tb sugar
2 Tb red wine vinegar
1 cup chicken broth (or whatever you have on hand)
Toss everything in your good ole crockpot and let simmer on low for about 8hrs.

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