I thought I would do this post about Italian tomato sauce purely because I love doing it, a lot of people ask how, and I thought what a great opportunity to create your own brand of sauce!
what you need
you need tomatoes, some large bowls, a large sauce pan, empty clean glass jars with lids,a tomato press machine, basil and chili (opt) salt, and a large pot to boil jars of sauce in and about 1 - 2 hours
The tomato press machine does not have to be big or expensive, tend to now do about 10 or 20 kg of very ripe tomatoes at a time (when available) so we bought a quite small plastic tomato press for about $50, its fantastic. we use a large sauce pan over the hot plate on the BBQ, and we normally cook in batches, ( or buy 2 big pots.
1/ Wash tomatoes in clean water with 1/2 cup of white vinegar, just to get of any residue that may be on them (still do this even if they are classified as organic)
2/ In a big container fill with water and one at a time cut tomatoes (A slit half way through) and squeeze out some of the seeds and watery inside. you will have to change the water a few times.
3/ Place a large pot of water on stove top and bring to the boil.
4/ Once water is at boiling point add a few squeezed tomatoes at a time ( all depends on sizes here, I love to use Roma's in which case you probably could put 8 or 10 at a time)
5/ Let water come back to boil, and simmer this batch of tomato''s for about 5 minutes
6/ Take tomatoes out with slotted spoon and drain in colander, put next batch in and follow same routine until all tomatoes have had their 5 minutes
7/ Now place the tomatoes through the tomato press as many as you can, as the peel and most seeds come out of one side redo them through the machine at least 4 times, there is a lot of flavor in those skins, but we don't want the skins in the main sauce. The actual sauce will come out of the front part of the machine so you will need a large pot or bowl. and YES it does get a bit messy!!
8/ Add some salt (preferably Himalayan salt), a couple of tablespoons is plenty, add more if needed when you use the sauce in your future recipes.
# it used to be thought you needed to add a lot of salt at this point to preserve the tomato sauce, this is not the case. We are going to boil the tomato in the jars for 2 hours, this seals and prot