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Tomato Jelly: easy to fix and a great gift idea

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Catherine Wanniski of Boothwyn, Pa., was looking for a recipe for making Tomato Jelly. She remembers her grandmother making it but she does not have her recipe. Kathy DeWald of Orwigsburg, Pa., sent in a recipe she had in her collection. While canning may be a little time-consuming, it is not very difficult. Fall is the ideal season to give it a try. Homemade preserves can make wonderful and economical gifts.

Recipe request

* Carol Jones of Pratt, Kan., is looking for a recipe for something she calls "Millionaire Pie." She says a mixture of cream cheese, unflavored gelatin, pineapple and pecans was poured into a baked pie shell and topped with Cool Whip or whipped cream.

tomato jelly

(makes 8 half-pint jars)

2 heaping tablespoons pickling spice

5 to 6 whole cloves

1 cinnamon stick

9 cups (18 to 22) peeled tomatoes (both ripe and partly green), crushed

6 cups sugar

1 lemon, sliced paper-thin

one 1.75-ounce box Sure-Jell fruit pectin

Use a piece of cheesecloth or gauze to make a spice bag with the pickling spice, cloves and cinnamon stick.

Bring tomatoes, sugar and lemon to a boil. Put spice bag into boiling mixture for 30 minutes, then remove. Stir frequently and skim off foam. Lower heat after about 45 minutes. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for 1 1/2 hours. Add pectin and boil for another 5 minutes.

Fill 8 half-pint sterilized canning jars with cooked mixture. Process in a water-bath canner with water covering tops of jars. Boil for 30 minutes.

Avoid the paraffin sealing method. Refrigerate any unprocessed jam.

Per tablespoon: : 36 calories, 0 grams protein, 0 grams fat, 0 grams saturated fat, 10 grams carbohydrate, 0 grams fiber, 0 milligrams cholesterol, 1 milligram sodium

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The nutritional analyses accompanying recipes in today's You section were calculated by registered dietitian Jodie Shield, except where noted.

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