Last year I decided I wanted to plant a vegetable garden. I plant the basics: tomatoes, squash, zucchini, and peppers. And while the peppers didn't do as good as I hoped everything else did amazing. They did so well that we couldn't eat all the vegetables so I did what any great great granddaughters of pioneers would do....I preserved my food.
Unlike my ancestors I froze everything instead of canning but the idea is the same...mostly. I choose to make a tomato sauce with all my tomatoes, and after talking to several friends I came up with an okay recipe. This year we expanded our garden and even more tomatoes and I perfected my tomato sauce recipe.
- 25 tomatoes of any kind (I used beef steak because that's what we grew this year)
- 7 yellow onions
- 1 bulb of garlic
- 1 bunch of celery
- 4 green peppers
- 1 bunch of cilantro
- 1/2 cup sugar
Add all the blended vegetables and sugar to a big pot and cook on a medium heat for 45 mins.
When its finished cooking let cool and preserve it by freezing or canning.
I made 28 cups of sauce which I divided into to 2 cup freezer bags and froze.
The great thing about the recipe is that its super easy to adapt to your families taste. My family loves onions so I of course added a lot of them to the sauce. But if my mom was making it she would leave out the cilantro because she is not a fan.
I have already used the sauce for homemade tomato soup (Thursday's recipe) and I will substitute for any recipe that calls for canned tomato sauce.