Shaker Recipe of the Month

Church Family Kitchen - Hancock Shaker Village
Kitchen of the Church Family, Hancock Shaker Village
Frank Leslie’s Popular Monthly, September 1873

August 2014

Shaker Tomato Jam

4 Pounds ripe tomatoes Grated rind and juice of 8 lemons
8 Pounds sugar 3 sticks cinnamon
Grated rind and juice of 4 oranges

Drop tomatoes into boiling water. Simmer for 2 minutes. Remove skins and discard them. Finely chop tomatoes and add remaining ingredients. Place in an enameled, glass or stainless steel saucepan and simmer slowly until it jells on a spoon. 35 to 45 minutes. Test after 20 minutes and frequently after that. Skim the surface foam. Pour into hot sterilized jelly glasses or jars immediately, and seal. Makes about 4 pints. This makes a most appetizing, shocking, pink confection.

This and other Shaker recipes can be found in Shaker Cook Book, by Caroline Piercy and Arthur Tolve (Bowling Green, Ohio, Gabriel’s Horn Publishing Co., 1984). Used by permission.

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