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Green Tomato Magic Jam: A Sweet Surprise

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Have a bumper crop of green tomatoes and not sure what to do with them? Look no further than this quick and easy Green Tomato Magic Jam. With just a few simple ingredients, you can transform unripe tomatoes into a vibrantly hued jam with a tangy-sweet flavor that mimics traditional raspberry jam.

Magic Green Tomato Jam, made with raspberry gelatin, sugar, and shredded green tomatoes, is a sweet and tangy spread with a fruity twist. The gelatin gives it a unique texture, and the green tomatoes add a tartness that complements the sweetness of the sugar. It’s perfect for those who like a little bit of adventure in their jam.

The bright flavor of this mock raspberry jam is extremely versatile and pairs well with toast, scones, yogurt, and more. Not only does it allow you to make the most of green tomatoes, but it’s also inexpensive to make and ready in under an hour. With the help of raspberry gelatin, the jam sets to a spreadable consistency as it cools. The gelatin adds a pop of color and helps create a jam that fools your taste buds.

For an exciting twist, try swapping the raspberry gelatin for blackberry or mixed berry. Either way, you’ll end up with a unique jam that’s sure to be a sweet surprise.

Ingredients Overview:

Green Tomatoes – Using up green tomatoes is a great way to avoid food waste. Shred 2-1/2 cups of green tomatoes for this recipe.

Sugar – 1 1/2 cups of sugar helps balance the tartness of the green tomatoes and creates the sweetness in the jam.

Raspberry Gelatin – 1 package of raspberry gelatin gives the jam a vibrant red hue and tangy-sweet raspberry flavor. It helps the jam set as it cools.

green tomatoes hanging on the vine ready for tomato magic jam recipe


Blackberry Jello or Mixed Berry Jello can be used in place of Raspberry Jello for an exciting twist.

Embark on a Sweet Adventure with Green Tomato Magic Jam

Are you looking for an exciting adventure that transports you from the ordinary to the extraordinary? Then look no further than a batch of Green Tomato Magic Jam. This vibrantly hued jam may look like your standard raspberry jam, but one taste will reveal a delightful surprise.

  1. To start your adventure, gather the crew – 2 1/2 cups of shredded green tomatoes, 1 1/2 cups of sugar, and 1 three-ounce package of raspberry gelatin.

    At first, the green tomatoes may seem like an unlikely choice for jam with their unripe hue and tart flavor. However, once combined with sugar and raspberry gelatin, they are transformed into something magical.
  2. The adventure begins by combining the shredded green tomatoes and sugar in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a low simmer.
  3. After 20 minutes of simmering and melding flavors, the tomatoes have started to release their juices and dissolve into a chunky sauce.

    green tomato magic jam

  4. Now it’s time to add the secret ingredient that creates the magic – raspberry gelatin. Stir the gelatin into the tomato mixture until fully dissolved. You’ll notice the sauce begin to thicken and turn a vibrant red as the gelatin works its magic.
  5. Finally, ladle the magical jam into jars or containers, leaving some headspace for expansion.
  6. ladling green tomato magic jam into clean canning jars

  7. Allow the jam to fully cool and set before enjoying it or storing it in the refrigerator. With each taste, you’ll be transported from the ordinary to the extraordinary thanks to the Green Tomato Magic Jam.

What mysteries and surprises will your next jam-making adventure hold? The possibilities are as endless as your imagination.

Storage instructions

Green Tomato Magic Jam can be stored in the refrigerator or frozen for long-term storage. When refrigerated, it should keep for up to two weeks.

To freeze, ladle the jam into freezer containers or jars and leave 1/2 inch headspace before sealing tightly. Label with date and contents before placing in the freezer, where it will keep for up to one year.

For best results, thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving; stir well before using after thawing. Enjoy!

green tomato magic jam on toast

Green Tomato Magic Jam, also known as mock raspberry jam, is a delicious and unique way to use up green tomatoes while creating something truly special. With its vibrant red hue, tangy-sweet raspberry flavor, and surprisingly sweet taste, this jam will make your next adventure extraordinary.

Try it today, or experiment with different jello flavors like blackberry or mixed berry for an exciting twist! We’d love to hear about how you used the Green Tomato Magic Jam in your own recipes – let us know what surprises you discovered on your culinary journey!

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Green Tomato Magic Jam by Melissa 'Liss' Burnell
Fooling Your Taste Buds: Green Tomato Jam is just 3 simple ingredients & uses the abundance of green tomatoes that seem to flood the garden each spring
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Cooling Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Course condiments, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 24
Calories 66 kcal


  • 2 ½ cups green tomatoes, shredded/finely chopped (about 3 medium)
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 3 oz Raspberry gelatin (3 ounces raspberry Jello (Or Blackberry Jello, or Mixed Berry Jello))


  • In a large saucepan, bring shredded tomatoes and sugar to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes over very low heat.
    2 ½ cups green tomatoes, shredded/finely chopped
    1 ½ cups sugar
  • Remove from the heat; stir in gelatin until dissolved. Skim off any foam. Ladle into jars or freezer containers, leaving 1/2-in. headspace.
    3 oz Raspberry gelatin
  • If freezing, Cool before covering with lids. Refrigerate.
  • Yield: about 3 cups.


Other Flavor Ideas

This recipe is delicious with:
Raspberry or Blackberry gelatin or Strawberry to make various flavors of jam.
We have tried the mixed berry gelatin, and it received mixed reviews; only 3 out of 4 family members liked it.
If you'd prefer less sugar, you can reduce it to 1 cup instead of 1 1/2 cups, particularly since jello is already very sweet on its own.
Recipe Size Alteration Note

If you altered the ingedients above by doubling or tripling the recipe, you may also need to change the pan/dish size and adjust the cooking/baking time.


Serving: 2TablespoonCalories: 66kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 19mgPotassium: 39mgFiber: 1gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 120IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 3mgIron: 1mgNet Carbs: 16g
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Q: What ingredients are needed to make Green Tomato Magic Jam?
A: To make this jam, you will need 2 1/2 cups of shredded green tomatoes, 1 1/2 cups of sugar, and 1 packet of raspberry gelatin.

Q: Do I have to remove the seeds from the tomatoes before I grate them?
When making green tomato jam, whether or not to remove the seeds is a matter of personal preference. Some people choose to remove them, while others prefer the texture and presentation of the seeds. Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide which option works best for your taste and desired outcome.

Generally speaking, we leave them to make them appear more like raspberry or blackberry jam so the kids are unaware they’re eating tomatoes!

Q: How should I store my Green Tomato Magic Jam?
A: For short-term storage in the refrigerator, it should keep for up to two weeks. For long-term storage in the freezer, pour into freezer containers or jars, leaving a ½ inch headspace before sealing tightly. Label with date and contents before placing in the freezer, where it will keep for up to one year.

Can the green tomato magic jam be safely canned using traditional canning methods?

This recipe is not meant for traditional canning. If you’d like to can a batch of jam, you’ll need to follow the following instructions:

Green Tomato Jam
5 cups green tomatoes, shredded
4 cups white sugar
6 ounces (1 large box) of Raspberry or Blackberry Jello powder

1 Place shredded tomatoes in a large saucepan over medium heat. Boil for 10 mins.
2 Add sugar. Bring to boil again, stirring constantly.
3 Add jello powder. Bring to boil again.
4 Let stand for 5 mins with heat turned off.
5 Skim off foam and ladle into prepared jars.
6 Give jars a 5-minute water bath.

Q: Is this mock raspberry jam recipe vegan-friendly?
A: No, Many vegans avoid gelatin because it is derived from animal products.

Q: Are there any substitutions I can make for green tomatoes in this jam recipe?
A: Unfortunately not; green tomatoes are essential to achieving the unique flavor profile of Green Tomato Magic Jam, so they cannot be substituted without altering the final product significantly.

Q: What type of gelatin is used in the recipe?
A: This recipe calls specifically for raspberry-flavored gelatin, which adds a sweet and fruity flavor to the jam. However, you can substitute for other flavors, such as blackberry or mixed berry, for a different twist!

Q: Can I use Blackberry Jello or Mixed Berry Jello in place of Raspberry Jello for a different flavor twist?
A: Yes, you can certainly do that! Be sure to follow the instructions for preparing, cooking, and cooling your jam before enjoying or storing it in the refrigerator. With each taste, you’ll be transported from the ordinary to the extraordinary thanks to the Green Tomato Magic Jam! Enjoy!

Q: What are the health benefits of Green Tomato Magic Jam?
A: Green tomatoes are a great source of dietary fiber, vitamins A and C, potassium, and iron. Additionally, the natural sweetness from the sugar, as well as the vitamins found in gelatin, contribute to this jam’s health benefits. Enjoy it as part of a balanced diet!

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