Tomato Herbal Conserve Recipe

Preserving tomatoes is made easy with this tomato herbal conserve recipe. With roasted cherry tomatoes of every variety, partnered with smoked garlic, fresh rosemary and sage, it is delicious. And brilliant. Grab a loaf of hot homemade bread and dip away! But more importantly, make enough to enjoy throughout the fall months.

tomato herbal conserve recipe

A tomato conserve with home smoked garlic and freshly harvested rosemary and sage? Yes, please, a thousand times! In other words, this recipe is that good.

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But the best part about this conserve is not that it can be consumed fresh (though that should be enough), it is the opportunity to preserve this tomato dish for a few months in the refrigerator, or up to a year in the freezer.

The secret? Preserve tomatoes by fully submerging them in olive oil. Then, store the jars in the refrigerator. The opportunity to consume summer cherry tomatoes into fall is nothing but sheer joy.

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What is a Conserve?

First, conserve is a bit of a fancy word, and in truth, not really used as often as it should. Conserve describes the final product which is being created.

Generally, a conserve consists of 2 or more fruit items, often containing nuts or dried fruit, and cooked with sugar. Unlike jams and jellies, a conserve has chunky fruit bits in it and often served with meats and cheese.

However, the definition of conserves has changed a bit. Nowadays, a conserve can consist of items such as tomato, herbs, garlic, and olive oil.

This tomato conserve recipe is often served with warm homemade bread or as a pizza topping. But nothing tops serving it over smoked chicken. Regardless of how it is used, you’ll not regret preserving tomatoes in this manner.

Preserving a Tomato Conserve

Unlike jams, preserves or fruit conserves, this recipe contains olive oil, which makes it unable to be canned. The oil mixed with produce or herbs has a high risk of going rancid when shelved. Even if the food items are fully submerged in olive oil.

However, under the right conditions, this tomato conserve recipe will keep in the refrigerator for quite a few months.

This recipe will keep up to a few months in the refrigerator. Simply make sure the tomatoes, rosemary, sage, and smoked garlic are fully submerged in the olive oil and no air remains in the jars. Without air within the conserve, the olive oil acts as a sealant, preventing any bacteria from entering the jar, hence blocking any opportunity for mold or other bacteria to form.

tomato herbal conserve recipe

Now, to store this herbal tomato conserve recipe long-term (up to a year) the jars must be kept in the freezer. Simply thaw a jar in the refrigerator prior to consuming. One thawed the tomato conserve can even be warmed and enjoyed with naan or homemade bread.

Again, this is not a shelf stable recipe, and it must be stored in the refrigerator.

Preserving Smoked Garlic Bulbs for Cooking

Tomato Herbal Conserve Recipe – Ingredients

Aside from garden fresh tomatoes and rosemary, the true star of this recipe is home smoked garlic. Smoked garlic amplifies the flavor to what it is being added to. Though, if smoked garlic is not available, freshly minced garlic will work just as well.

  • Cherry tomatoes, 4 pounds washed and halved
  • extra-virgin Olive Oil, 4 cups
  • fine Sea Salt
  • Rosemary, 4 sprigs
  • Sage, 4 sprigs
  • 8 cloves Smoked Garlic, or fresh

Tomato Herbal Conserve Recipe – Equipment
  • Baking Sheet
  • Parchment Paper
  • 4 half pint Mason jars, or 2 pint Mason jars
  • Jar Funnel
  • Air Bubble Remover
Tomato Herbal Conserve Recipe – Instructions
  1. Preparing the Cherry Tomatoes
  2. Preheat oven to 375, line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Wash, remove stems and halve tomatoes.
  4. Place tomatoes onto parchment paper cut side up. Lightly sprinkle tomatoes with fine sea salt.
  5. Roast cherry tomatoes for roughly 1 hour. Once the tomatoes shrink and slightly collapse they are done. Allow tomatoes to completely cool.
  6. Using the jar funnel, evenly divide tomatoes between the two jars.

Preparing the Herbal Infused Olive Oil 
  1. In a small saucepan add olive oil, rosemary, sage, and smoked garlic.
  2. Heat until slightly warmed on medium heat.
  3. Gently pour infused olive oil into jars, making sure to completely cover the roasted tomatoes
  4. Using the air bubble remover, gently remove any air bubbles from jars.
  5. Add additional olive oil if needed, again, making sure the tomatoes are fully covered with the olive oil.

tomato herbal conserve recipe

Preserving Tomato Herbal Conserve 
  1. This conserve will keep for a few months in the refrigerator.
  2. For long term storage of up to one year, store in the freezer and allow to thaw in the refrigerator before use.

Note

Tomato conserve partners perfectly with hot homemade bread, or add it to the top of pizzas. Another great recipe using olive oil is one which includes peppers. Preserving peppers (spicy or sweet) in oil can also be frozen for up to a year, allowing you to enjoy the pepper harvest throughout the year.

Preserving Roasted Peppers in Oil

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Printable Recipe Card – Herbal Tomato Conserve with Rosemary, Sage, and Smoked Garlic
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Herbal Tomato Conserve with Rosemary, Sage, and Smoked Garlic

Preserving tomatoes is made easy with this tomato herbal conserve recipe with. Roasted cherry tomatoes, of every variety, partnered with smoked garlic, fresh rosemary and sage is delicious. And brilliant. But more importantly, delicious. Grab a loaf of hot homemade bread and dip away! But more importantly, make enough to enjoy throughout the fall months.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: herbal tomato conserve

Equipment

  • Baking Sheet
  • 2 half pint Mason jars
  • Jar Funnel
  • Air Bubble Remover

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds Cherry tomatoes washed and halved
  • 4 cups extra-virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 small Rosemary Sprigs
  • 2 small Sage Sprigs
  • 6 cloves Smoked Garlic or fresh, crushed
  • Fine Sea Salt

Instructions

Prepare Cherry Tomatoes

  • Preheat oven to 375, line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Wash, remove stems and halve tomatoes.
  • Place tomatoes onto parchment paper cut side up. Lightly sprinkle tomatoes with fine sea salt.
  • Roast cherry tomatoes for roughly 1 hour. Once the tomatoes shrink and slightly collapse they are done. Allow tomatoes to completely cool.
  • Using the jar funnel, evenly divide tomatoes between the 4 half pint Mason jars or 2 pint Mason jars.

Preparing the Herbal Infused Olive Oil

  • In a small saucepan add olive oil, rosemary, sage, smoked garlic.
  • Heat until slightly warmed on medium heat.
  • Gently pour infused olive oil into jars, making sure to completely cover the roasted tomatoes
  • Using the air bubble remover, gently remove any air bubbles from jars.
  • Add a additional olive oil if needed, again, making sure the tomatoes are fully covered with the olive oil.

Preserving Tomato Conserve

  • This conserve will keep for a few months in the refrigerator.
  • For long term storage of up to one year, store in the freezer and allow to thaw in the refrigerator before use.

Notes

This herbal tomato conserve partners well with fresh from the oven bread or added to homemade pizzas. 

 

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