My vegie garden has been a bit disappointing this year. My tomato bushes are loaded with fruit, but most of it is still quite green. I love to make tomato sauce, and was getting quite worried that my tomatoes wouldn’t ripen, before the weather turned cold. So I lashed out and purchased a 10kg box of Romas.
Everyone has their favourite tomato sauce recipe…. But here’s mine!
9 kg chopped tomatoes – my little scales only take 1 kg of tomatoes before they start rolling out, so I had to repeat 10 times!
Add 1.5 kg chopped onions, and about 100g chopped garlic.
Boil for about 5 hours!
As you can see, by now the sauce has reduced quite a bit, and is a deep rich red colour. Now its time to sieve it, to remove the skins and seeds. I actually use a muellie(no idea if I am spelling that right??) with reasonably fine holes. Its a very messy job, but I really believe it is better that trying to peel all your tomatoes before you cook them!
Then its back on the stove, with the spices, vinegar and sugar. I add ground cloves, ground ginger, and some chilli to mine, but you can really use what ever takes your fancy – whatever spices appeal to you. I use about 4 cups of vinegar, and about 1.5 kg of sugar.
Once all the ingredients are in, I slowly bring it up to a simmer, and let it simmer for about an hour, until it has reduced even further, and has darkened up in colour. I look at the consistency also, is it a good “pouring” consistency?? Then its bottling time! I have a german brother in-law and when he was staying with us at christmas he discovered that Aldi sold a type of german beer that he loved (Flensburger – it was very good!). As soon as I saw them I thought they would make great sauce bottles, so fingers crossed they have all sealed okay! Before I poured the sauce mixture in the bottles I washed them thoroughly in the sink, and then sat them in a hot oven for about 1/2 an hour. This has always worked for me in the past with regards to sterilisation, but please use whatever method you believe to be best.
So I have 13 of the Flensburger beer bottles and 4 other 500ml bottles so I have just over 6 litres of tomato sauce. Hopefully that should last us the year, although I do love giving it to friends and family as gifts or in return for favours. And the kids have been using it as a dip today too, with dry bikkies so it may not last as long as I hope.