Spiced Tomato Jam/Butter


Cinnamon, allspice, and cloves make this tomato jam more like a 'butter' than a jam. I actually won a blue ribbon at the Indiana State Fair with this recipe several years ago! My husband enjoyed this often as a child. I had never heard of it before marrying him. Using firm, meaty tomatoes will yield a thicker jam.

Prep Time:
1 hrs
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
9 hrs 20 mins
6 pints


  • 2 ¼ pounds tomatoes, peeled and chopped

  • 1 ½ teaspoons lemon zest

  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, or more to taste

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

  • ¼ cup lemon juice

  • 1 (1.75 ounce) package powdered pectin

  • 4 ½ cups white sugar

  • 6 (1 pint) canning jars with lids and rings


  1. Place the tomatoes in a saucepan with a lid and simmer over medium heat, stirring frequently, for 10 minutes. Stir the lemon zest, allspice, cinnamon, cloves, lemon juice, and pectin into the tomatoes. Place the saucepan over high heat. Stirring constantly, bring the tomato mixture to a boil; immediately upon boiling, stir the sugar into the tomato mixture and return to a full rolling boil. Allow to cook at a full boil for 1 minute while stirring. Remove from heat and skim any foam off the surface of the mixture.

  2. Sterilize the jars and lids in boiling water for at least 5 minutes. Pack the tomato jam into the hot, sterilized jars, filling the jars to within 1/2 inch of the top. Run a knife or a thin spatula around the insides of the jars after they have been filled to remove any air bubbles. Wipe the rims of the jars with a moist paper towel to remove any food residue. Top with lids, and screw on rings.

  3. Place a rack in the bottom of a large stockpot and fill halfway with water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then carefully lower the jars into the pot using a holder. Leave a 2-inch space between the jars. Pour in more boiling water if necessary until the water level is at least 1 inch above the tops of the jars. Bring the water to a full boil, cover the pot, and process for 5 minutes.

  4. Remove the jars from the stockpot and place several inches apart onto a cloth-covered or wood surface; allow to sit until cool or overnight. Check the seal by pressing the top of each lid with a finger (the lid should not move up or down at all).

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

45 Calories
0g Fat
11g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 96
Calories 45
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Sodium 48mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 2mg 12%
Calcium 3mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 28mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.