How to Remove Skins and Seeds from Tomatoes
Rinse tomatoes. Cut small "X" in bottom of each tomato. Fill large bowl with ice and water. Bring large saucepan of water to boil. Working in batches, carefully add tomatoes to boiling water; cook 30 sec. to 1 min. or until tomato skins start to crack. Immediately transfer tomatoes from boiling water to bowl of ice water to stop cooking process and help loose the skins. Let stand 1 min. Remove tomatoes from ice water; drain. Carefully slip skins off tomatoes. Cut tomatoes horizontally in half, then remove and discard seeds.
For a delicious appetizer, spread 1/2 cup Tomato Jelly over 8-oz. block of PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese. Serve with crackers. Or, use as a condiment for your favorite sandwich, such as a grilled cheese sandwich.
If you like extra spice, increase the crushed red pepper to 1 tsp.
Jam or Jelly Didn't Set?
Every once in a while, you may find that your jam does not set the way you expected. If your efforts resulted in a runny batch, try our Remake Directions to improve your finished jam. If your jam still doesn't set, you can always use it as a glaze or syrup.
At altitudes above 1,000 feet, increase processing time as indicated. 1,001 to 3,000 feet - increase processing time by 5 min.; 3,001 to 6,000 feet - increase processing time by 10 min.; 6,001 to 8,000 feet - increase processing time by 15 min.; 8,001 to 10,000 feet - increase processing time by 20 min.