Monday, September 28, 2015

Homemade Tomato Sauce and Juice

Homemade Tomato Sauce and Juice Make the best tomato sauce and tomato juice you have ever had with this ultra easy recipe. It's perfect for pasta or soup! Heaven is Smiling Above heavenissmilingabove.blogspot.com #tomato #sauce #juice #pasta #soup


Homemade Tomato Sauce and Juice


Have you ever found yourself with gallons of tomatoes that need to be used? 'Tis the season! My garden is still producing.

Homemade Tomato Sauce and Juice Make the best tomato sauce and tomato juice you have ever had with this ultra easy recipe. It's perfect for pasta or soup! Heaven is Smiling Above heavenissmilingabove.blogspot.com #tomato #sauce #juice #pasta #soup

Due to the extreme kindness of friends and an overabundant garden, I've had to deal with this for the past three or four summers. Before, I limited myself to making salsa, but this year I wanted to try my hand at something for spaghetti or soup.

Homemade Tomato Sauce and Juice Make the best tomato sauce and tomato juice you have ever had with this ultra easy recipe. It's perfect for pasta or soup! Heaven is Smiling Above heavenissmilingabove.blogspot.com #tomato #sauce #juice #pasta #soup


I outdid myself!

This sauce turned out so well. Happy dance!


The variety of tomatoes you have will determine the thickness of the sauce. My tomatoes were a mixture, but they were mostly kinds that had a lot of juice in them. Since I didn't want my sauce to cook down several hours to make it thicker, I ended up with some sauce and some juice. Either way, I'm very pleased. If you want to have mainly sauce, I would suggest using roma tomatoes.

This sauce is so easy. Cook it for at least an hour so everything has the chance to blend together. Feel free to leave it on the stove longer than that if you want a stronger flavor and more condensed sauce. Also remember, the saucier it gets, the more likely it will stick to the bottom of your pan if the heat is not low enough or if you don't stir it often enough. That's another reason to love making juice. It's not so temperamental! :)

Homemade Tomato Sauce and Juice


Ingredients:

8-10 pounds tomatoes, cored and halved
3 onions, ends removed, peeled, and quartered
6 cloves garlic, peeled and cut in half
1 Tablespoon dried basil
1 Tablespoon dried parsley
1/2 Tablespoon onion salt
1 teaspoon pepper

Instructions:

1. In a large stock pot combine all the ingredients. Cook at least one hour, covered, over medium low heat, stirring occasionally. Mine cooked about 90 minutes. As you stir, make sure all the tomatoes have broken down and are falling apart. Uncover it if you want more liquid to evaporate. But why would you want to do that? Save the juice!

Homemade Tomato Sauce and Juice Make the best tomato sauce and tomato juice you have ever had with this ultra easy recipe. It's perfect for pasta or soup! Heaven is Smiling Above heavenissmilingabove.blogspot.com #tomato #sauce #juice #pasta #soup

2. In a blender, puree the hot tomato sauce in batches of 4 cups. My blender has a capacity of a little over 5 cups. Anything more and the steam will open your lid which could result in sauce all down your blender. (Yes, I speak from experience.) The more tomato and onion pulp you have in your blender the thicker the sauce will be. 
3. Pour into clean quart jars. Seal and process in a canner or freeze. The juice freezes beautifully! Make sure you leave enough head space in your container if you go this route!
4. Bask in the glory of tomato goodness!

Print it!

Homemade Tomato Sauce and Juice Make the best tomato sauce and tomato juice you have ever had with this ultra easy recipe. It's perfect for pasta or soup! Heaven is Smiling Above heavenissmilingabove.blogspot.com #tomato #sauce #juice #pasta #soup

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38 comments:

  1. I have had an abundance of tomatoes this season as well! I usually just cook them down into sauce, and can, and then season the sauce as I need it for whatever tomato dish I am making. However, I love your idea of making the sauce/juice and freezing with it seasoned too. Happy canning!

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    1. I rarely need just plain sauce or juice so this works really well for me. Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. I love this. We can't grow our own tomatoes, but we are diabetic and I appreciate that you don't add sugar to your sauce. Could this be done in an electric crock pot? None of my pots are very big. http://lowcarbdiabetics.com/5-energizing-low-carb-breakfasts-ideas/

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    1. Hi, Jenn. Thanks for your question. Yes. I'm sure it could easily be done in a crock pot. You would probably have to halve the recipe since this almost fills my 11 quart stock pot. You might have more juice than normal because the liquid wouldn't evaporate as much. That's not necessarily a bad thing, though! And I'm not big on sweet tomato sauces, either. I much prefer savory, no-sugar recipes. The tomatoes are definitely sweet enough. Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Yum! It is a good problem to have to be buried in fresh produce, even if it doesn't always feel like it!!

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    1. I know. I should be more grateful! I am in the winter, though, when I can open my cupboard and pull out a jar of this stuff. Then I'm really glad!

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  4. This looks like a great recipe, pinning for later!

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  5. I LOVE the idea of how you made this recipe and that you can freeze this - brilliant!!! Thanks for sharing at the WW Blog Hop. I featured you on my FB page. Carrie, A Mother's Shadow

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  6. I just wish I grew more tomatoes so I could make this. Thanks for sharing on Creative K Kids Tasty Tuesdays. I hope you will join us next week.

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    1. I wrote it in pounds so, hopefully, if there's a good sale on tomatoes at the store people could still try it easily. Maybe that would work for you. :) Thanks for commenting, Audrey!

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  7. Good for you! This year we didn't have an overabundance of tomatoes, it was a rough garden year here with all the rain. Great job canning and freezing the sauce and juice, it is so much better for your family, it is healthier and has so much more flavor. It's a lot of hard work, but it's so worth it, isn't it? And so versatile! Great job!!!

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    1. It's completely worth it! I just have to remind myself of that when I have buckets of tomatoes sitting on my counter! :)

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  8. This is great! I am so glad you shared this. My mom's garden always produces enough tomatoes for the entire state of Tennessee. She makes tons of jars of salsa but still ends up with lots leftover. I'm going to share this with her so she can stock up on tomato sauce also. Thanks for sharing at Inspiration Thursday!

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    1. Wonderful! Thanks so much for passing it on. If she ends up making it, please let me know what she thinks. :)

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  9. Thanks for sharing your great recipe with us at Merry Monday. I would love to can jars of this stuff:-)

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    1. You're welcome, Sherry! Thanks for the party and leaving a comment.

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  10. We can Tomatoes, Sauce, and Stewed Tomatoes every season and your recipe looks awesome, we will sure give it a try. Hope you are having a great weekend and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Sounds great, Miz Helen. Thanks so much for the party and for taking the time to visit me.

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  11. I love to can the summer produce. I usually make and can salsa every year. Pinned! Thanks for sharing with us at #Throwback Thursday link party. Please join us again next week and invite your friends to join.

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    1. Thanks for pinning, Quinn. You have the fastest growing party out there right now. :)

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  12. I so appreciate you sharing your post at the #AnythingGoes Link Party. I'm looking forward to what you'll share with us next week.

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  13. This is amazing making your own sauce from fresh tomatoes!
    Thanks for sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.
    We hope to see you again next week.

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  14. I much prefer homemade tomato sauce and would never use store bought as it's just so simple to make and doesn't include all the sugar and other junk they add to it. It looks great. Thank you for linking to #featurefridays

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    1. I completely agree. Glad we're on the same wavelength here. :)

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  15. Looks great. I should try making them. Thank you for sharing with us at #HomeMattersParty. We would love to see you again next week.

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    1. Thank you, Sahana. I do enjoy your party!

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  16. I pinned this! Always looking for a better sauce recipe! :)

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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    1. Thanks for the pin! If you make it I would love to know what you think.

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  17. I wish I lived next door... haha Thanks for sharing at Your Inspired Design

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    1. That would be tons of fun, wouldn't it! We could swap talents.

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  18. Thanks for linking up on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday. Hope to see you again! Pinned!

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  19. Homemade tomato sauce is great. This looks amazing!

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  20. Sounds completely and utterly delicious HS. Thanks for sharing at Five Star Frou-Frou last week. Mimi xxx

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