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Canning

Posted on September 11, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Sorry if anyone is sitting around waiting for the next pattern to come out...cause I haven't been crocheting for a while. With it being harvesting season and me 8 months pregnant; I get pretty exhausted and rarely feel like picking up my projects at the end of the day.


I previously mentioned the potatoes that I had made into french fries and hashbrowns. Since then I have also put up onions, peppers, applesauce (which my kids love), and a trial batch of tomato sauce.


Since I have never made my own tomato sauce before, I took the tomatoes that had ripened earlier than the others and attempted a trial batch yesterday. Glad I did! I tried both pre-cooking and fresh before putting them through a strainer. It will save me a lot of headache later, when I do them all, to know that putting them through the strainer fresh is by far the best way to do it. The sauce is much thicker when you use uncooked tomatoes, and requires a lot less boiling afterward to  remove the excess moisture.


I left the tomato sauce unseasoned. I haven't tried it yet to know if I should season the rest later on. Although, the plan is to make lasagna tonight and see how we like our new sauce.


It is kind of fun to try new things...when they turn out at least. I'll let you know how the lasagna turns out.

Angie

Categories: Family, Food

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Reply whiteleyka
1:45 PM on September 17, 2012 
BTW...the lasagna was great! I even forgot the basil...oops. :) I don't think I will bother to season any of my tomato sauce (which is a little surprising because I love lots of flavor). Oh, and I was wrong before. I would precook the tomatoes, drain off all excess water, then maybe even mash the tomatoes in a strainer to remove as much moisture as possible. Then I would put the tomatoes through the saucer. This should save lots of time on the boiling process.