I was asked a few weeks ago, when posting about my guacamole recipe for condiment alternatives, if I could create a ketchup alternative removing the “refined” sugar ingredient to make it more pleasing to the healthier conscious eater. I am certainly ALWAYS up for requests and it’s a fun challenge to get me in the kitchen and thinking about how to make those healthier alternatives to enjoy and share.
What does “Refined” sugar mean? When a manufacturer processes sugar, impurities and colored components are removed a white crystalline carbohydrate is created and used as a sweetener and preservative. The process begins with raw sugar, which is then softened and dissolved, then the components are separated to yield the white, pure sugar recognized as table sugar, or pure sucrose. Further processed sugar varieties are defined as powdered sugar, brown sugar and “sand” sugar, often recognized as a more coarse sugar used for topping desserts and pastries as a garnish.
So here is my take on a tomato jam recipe removing the refined sugar ingredient for a sweet and savory compliment to your favorite summertime dishes.
- 8 cups ripe Tomatoes, chopped
- 1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes, crushed
- 1/4 cup White Wine Vinegar
- 1/4 cup water
- 2/3 cup Tupelo Honey (or your favorite variety of LOCAL honey)
- 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
- 1/4 tsp ground Cinnamon
In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine honey, water and vinegar. Stir occasionally until syrupy.
Next add in the tomatoes and red pepper flakes and kosher salt and turn heat to low and cook stirring occasionally until tomatoes are cooked down and thickened (approximately 1 1/2 hours). I found that I wanted to stir more often once the juices cooked down. In the last 10 minutes of cooking, add the ground cinnamon. Just before removing from the heat, I hit the mixture with my immersion hand blender to break down the rest of the tomatoes a bit. Remove from stove and let cool to room temperature. Transfer mixture to airtight jar and store in the refrigerator.
Great alternative to sugary ketchup with a little kick from the red pepper flakes! I love pairing this with sweet potato fries or roasted carrots baked with unrefined coconut oil and a little kosher salt. Great compliment to those summer burgers you’ll be throwing on the grill!