Have you ever tasted the different between a home grown tomato and one you can buy in the store? There really is no comparison. If you are able to grow your own tomatoes then you know exactly what I am talking about.
This recipe has been in my family every since I can remember. It is a recipe for old fashioned tomato sauce and it is absolutely amazing. If you try this recipe I think you will probably agree with me that it’s a keeper. You can tweak the recipe to make it spicier or you can go easy on the spices. Just make it according to your taste.
If you don’t want to add the spices simpley leave them out. The tomato juice makes a wonderful base for homemade spaghetti sauce, lasagna sauce, chili, soups, stews and a whole lot more. That’s what makes this sauce so versatile!
Let’s take a visit to my Mom’s garden. See those green bushy plants? Those are tomato plants. The tall plants behind is a row of sweet corn. My Mom and Dad place homemade wire cages around the tomato plants when they are young. When they mature the cages help support the vines; especially when the tomatoes get heavy and ripe.
The tomato’s start out small and green until they start to mature; then they turn red. See the newspapers under the plant? Those are there to help keep the weeds from growing under the tomato plant and it also helps keep moisture in the ground.
When the tomatoes are ripe we pick them right off of the plant and take them home for processing. My Mother’s favorite tomato plants are Big Boy, Early Girl, and Roma.
You can find them here:
Big Boy Tomato Seeds
Early Girl Hybrid Tomato Seeds
Roma Tomato Seeds
Once we have gathered all of the ripen tomatoes, we wash them and cut the stems off and any spots or discolorations. These tomatoes are all organic so we do not need to worry about rising off pesticides or chemicals. We cut them into chunks and place them in a large pan.
The next step is to heat the tomatoes until they come to a complete boil for 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool for 15 minutes.
Now we run the tomatoes through a vegtable mill. This process separates the tomato skin and seeds from the juice.
The vegetable mill makes this process go quickly and smoothly.
I used a large measuring cup to transfer the tomatoes and juice into the mill. Give a few turns until all the juice is separated. Discard all the skin and seeds.
My mom has had this vegetable mill for decades! As you can tell, it has served her well over the years! Here is where you can find a vegetable mill: Stainless Steel Food Mill
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If you are not adding spices go ahead and can your juice! When you are ready to make a batch of spaghetti or chili you can add your spices then!
If you want to add your spices, go ahead and do that now. Then when your ready to cook you can skip that step! Add all of your spices and let the juice simmer so that all the flavors blend together.
- 1/2 bushel tomatoes
- 6 cup sugar (use less sugar if you don't want a sweet sauce)
- 4 cups vinegar
- 6 tablespoon salt
- 1 teaspoon allspice
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon cloves
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 bottle Red Hot Sauce (or to taste)
- Approximately 1/2 cup cornstarch to thicken sauce. Use more cornstarch if you want it thicker.
- Wash and cut up tomatoes into small wedges.
- Cook until tomatoes are tender when poked with a fork. (boiled for approximately 4 minutes)
- Remove from heat and allow to cool for 15 - 20 minutes.
- Run the tomatoes through a vegetable mill; removing the tomato skins and seeds from the pulp.
- Place tomato juice in a large pan and heat on medium heat.
- While the juice is heating, mix together the spices, sugars and hot sauce.
- When the juice is warm, slowly add the to the spice mixture, carefully stirring.
- Bring tomato juice to a boil and boil for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Gradually add cornstarch to thicken sauce and continue to heat until the sauce is thickened to desire consistency.
- Remove from heat and place in sterilized glass canning jars.
- Finish the remaining canning process.
- It is easy to modify the spices, sugar and hot sauce. Simply add more or less depending on your taste.
- You can also divide this recipe and make smaller batches.
What will you make with your versitale tomato sauce?