Monday, September 14, 2020

Tomatoes.... How I make sauce and juice....

Every September I look forward to making tomato sauce for the winter....

....I blanch the tomatoes to peel them...

...and I cook them down and then purify with the immersion blender...

...then I add a bay leaf, lots of Italian seasonings, salt, sugar, pepper, oregano, garlic, hot sauce, tomato paste and crushed red pepper and let it simmer for a few hours

...and stir and taste for a few hours...

...and then pour it into jars (removed bay leaf!)!  I store it in the freezer for cold winter nights!!

It is delish!

I even made some spicy tomato juice for Bloody Marys:

The juice is easy to make.  I used 6 large tomatoes:

I blanched the tomatoes to remove the skins...

....and I chopped up a few veggies I had and added some salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, hot sauce and sugar (the sugar cuts the acidity)  It simmered it for an hour.

I used the immersion blender to purify it and then strained the tomatoes, keeping the pulp to add to the sauce I made.  It helps to thicken it!  This made about a quart of juice.

The juice is perfect for breakfast....

But even better for Bloody Marys!!


  1. I love making my own marinara and I usually store mine in the freezer, too! Your Bloody Marys do look delightful (:

  2. OMG your sauce looks positively delish, Patti. What a great idea to save some juice for bloodies! Enjoy your week.

  3. My sister and law would love to be your friend. She loves Bloody Marys!

  4. That looks absolutely delicious, Patti. You did a great job on it! No canning here this week. Hope you have a really good week. xo Diana

  5. I make a pretty good sauce but I think I'll have to try yours because it sounds absolutely fabulous! Mine goes in flat freezer bags. The jars are a great idea. Isn't it wonderful, the smell of the tomato sauce cooking? It's divine! The juice looks terrific too.


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