Tomato Sauce: The Easy Way
It is the middle of September, tomatoes are finally ripening from the garden. It is the perfect time to can the vine ripe tomatoes into delicious homemade tomato sauce. This method uses slow cookers to do the heavy lifting, it makes the sauce making a breeze. This homemade tomato sauce is great for a number of things, pasta, pizzas, chicken or eggplant parmesan, anything tomato sauce is called for.
(1) Gather 15 lb. assorted tomatoes from the garden (They don't have to be perfect); clean and remove any blemishes and the stem ends.
(2) Cook the tomatoes in a large stainless steel stockpot until the tomatoes are soft and can be easily break down.
(3) Run the tomatoes through a colander to remove the seeds and skin.
(4) Transfer the tomato sauce (at this stage very runny) in two oval shaped crock-pots (5Q or larger), add crushed garlic, herbs (I use oregano and basil from the garden), lemon juice and salt. Let it cook overnight, uncovered.
(5) The next morning, it should be reduced by half. Pack the tomato sauce in clean sterilized jars, put hot lids on and process in hot water bath for 15 minutes.
Enjoy! Coming wintertime you will be glad you did this!