A couple months ago I canned tomato sauce using the large box of tomatoes my BB Guy came home with. This was not the plan as we wanted beefsteak tomatoes for fresh eating but he couldn’t find them at the farm stands he was went past. (we will pretend here that he tried multiple stands but we all know that isn’t likely)
When he couldn’t find any he bought regular field tomatoes. We could never eat that many regular tomatoes before they went bad so my next option was to can them. Not the best choice for sauce though as they are very watery. Roma would have been best for making sauce but I would have to go with what I had.
My son’s friend Leah (remember her from the wedding invitations we made…click here to see those) wanted to learn how to can food so she picked up a box of Roma tomatoes and some jars too and we spent many hours working on this. The prep work takes a long time. Since half the tomatoes were field tomatoes we sliced them all and squeezed out the seeds and juice. I know it sounds wasteful but it is just too watery. We diced up celery, carrots and onions and started to sweat them off in a couple large pans. Next we added the tomatoes and a lot of garlic, oregano, basil, pepper, parsley and some pepper flakes. You will simmer this for a couple hours, uncovered to reduce the watery liquid as much as possible. This is a good time to have lunch with your friend and share some bubbly Prosecco. Now here is why I call this a base sauce. I don’t add any salt or sugar or any thickeners. This will not taste like your jarred or canned store bought sauce which are usually just full of salt and sugar. It is just a tomato/vegetable sauce that you can add to your other recipes. For instance I just added some to my pot of chili and it took it over the top for flavor, texture and nutrition. You could even add it to your store bought spaghetti sauce to make it healthier, fresher and tastier. Sniff your screen to take in some of that aroma….you didn’t really do it did you?Ladle into sterilized canning jars and process according to instructions from the jar company. Admire on your counter along with the corn salsa and peach pies that you made too.