Simple Tomato-Basil Jam
5 pounds or approximately 12 cups of tomatoes
1 tablespoon sea salt
3 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup basil, chopped
Wash and slice cherry tomatoes, or chop large tomatoes. Toss and massage with salt. Let sit for 30 minutes to let juices from tomato flow out. Sterilize your jars and lids in hot water while you wait.
Discard the juice, and dump strained tomatoes into a large, wide, shallow pan. Add sugar and lemon juice. Simmer with lid off on medium-low heat. Check and stir occasionally. Once tomatoes start to thicken, watch and stir more often that it doesnâ€™t burn. When itâ€™s thick to your liking, anywhere to between a syrup or jam consistency (I like mine thicker), remove from heat and stir in the basil. Spoon into sterilized jars, wiping brims of any jam residue before applying lids and rings. Process in water bath for 10 minutes, then remove and let cool. You will hear the lids pop as they seal vacuum tight. Any jars that donâ€™t seal properly can be stored in the fridge and used first. The rest will last a year or more stored in a dark cool place.