Saturday, September 18, 2010

TOMATO SAUCE from my heirloom tomatoes

A backet full of tomatoes

I have a GREAT, EASY, HEALTHY way to make tomato sauce.  The skin and seeds of fruit are good for you.  It adds extra vitamins and fiber.

I clean, cut out blemishes and core my tomatoes.  It doesn't matter how many you have-do alot of a little at a time.

I cut them up in to 1/2's or 1/4's depending on how big they are.  Put them into your VITA-MIX blender and totally purify them.  Pour into a large stock pot.  Continue til you are done with your tomatoes.  You can also add peppers and onions if you like.

handi-dandi vita mix

Start cooking them down.   I like to bring to a quick boil and them turn down to a very slow simmer.  Add salt and herbs and spices if you know how you are using the sauce.
cook down to desired thickness.  For sauce about 45 minutes and for paste 2 hours.  approximaite on times depending on quantity that you have.  For paste you have to watch closely as it thickens, so it doesn't burn.
 burnt tomato sauce-ugh.

As it gets more and more thick.
You can then use right away or put in ziploc bags in the freezer or you could can the sauce.  Follow directions for canning in a hot water bath.

COOKS TIP- cooking your own sauce, you can control the amount of salt.  many sauces have sugar or high fructose corn syrup also.
You can divide your sauce up and put onions, garlic, spices and herbs if you know what your want to save if for.
EX. spaghetti sauce-onion garlic, basil, thyme, oregano...
chili- onion, garlic, chili powder, cumin, peppers......

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