Spaghetti Sauce

2011
01.25

It’s been a while since a post … life has been busy.

This past season was an odd one for the garden. The one crop that came in well was tomatoes. Unfortunatly I didn’t have time to deal with them as they came in so I went searching for an easier way to store them. Turns out you can freeze tomatoes without blanching them. How much easier could it get?

So, on Sunday I decided to thaw them out and make spaghetti sauce. Thawing took longer than expected. Sunday evening, we still had 17 bags of frozen tomatoes laying around. Monday we had a mess of thawed tomatoe juice all over the kitchen. Note to self … next time use quality ziplock bags.

Once everything was thawed, the process was the same as usual. For me, it goes like this:

Boil tomatoes into a mush. Process them in the food mill to get out the skins. Boil the whole mess until it thickens.  Process it all again with a finer grate to get out the seeds. And finally add spices/other vegetables and then can.

The results? Same as spaghetti sauce from fresh tomatoes. But, the benefit is that I was able to process it all at once rather than as they came in from the garden. It was also nice to have the house smell like fresh tomatoes and peppers in the middle of winter. Here are some pictures … enjoy.

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2 Responses to “Spaghetti Sauce”

  1. Administrator says:

    Good call, a bucket in the freezer would work perfectly.

  2. Beth says:

    here are a few other notes. put your tomatoes in dish drainers in the sink(s) when thawing. if you still have more put them in buckets. i keep a bucket in my deep freeze and just add tomatoes to it…i might loose a little space, but it saves me from having to use a million ziploc bags and mopping my floor. i also use a blender v. a food mill. easier clean up BUT i probably sacrafice some of the thinness of the sauce. this time i also tried using a crockpot to boil them down (and since i have a few crock pots that made it go faster) and then i could leave them unattended during the day and process them later that night.

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