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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Old Fashion Tomato Preserves

My mother and grandmother made this for as long as I can remember. I've tried other recipes and always gone back to this one. Even all the years I lived in Florida, every year I would receive a box of these from Mom. Hot buttered biscuits and Tomato Preserves. It doesn't get any better than that.

Old Fashion Tomato Preserves
12 6-ounce jars
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5 pounds firm ripe tomatoes
8 cups sugar
1 orange, thinly sliced
1 lemon, thinly sliced

Peel and quarter tomatoes, cover with sugar and allow to stand overnight. Drain off syrup; heat to the boiling point and cook until syrup will spin a long thread (232 degrees). Add tomatoes and orange and lemon slices. Cook on low heat until tomatoes are transparent. Seal in hot sterilized jars. Process in hot water canner for 15 minutes.


  1. This sounds amazing. I am some what new to canning and I'm so glad to have a tried and true recipe.

  2. This sounds so delicious--I especially love the idea of lemon and orange which I think would be very complimentary to the tomato. I just posted some vintage tomato recipes from my great grandmother Ada--I'm going to keep this one to try also!

  3. mmmm....this sounds so good. i've never had it but i can imagine it!

  4. This is fabulous, easy and delicious - going to make this today!

  5. Yum and yum and yum! Hubby couldn't believe it called for 8 cups of sugar, but any time I make jam, jelly, marmalade, etc. I usually use 7.


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