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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Freezer Tomato Sauce (Stovetop)

Yesterdays blog about tomato sauce got me thinking about a somewhat different recipe to make it in bulk. One of my daughters has an empty freezer. Mine is full. When each of us had a hankering to make Freezer Tomato Sauce, we pooled our time and resources - she bought this, I bought that - to make this excellent sauce!

Freezer Tomato Sauce:

½ c. canola oil
6 large onions, chopped
10 cloves garlic, crushed
6 green peppers, seeded and chopped
One 100 fl. oz. (2.84 L) can crushed tomatoes, undrained, or their fresh equivalent - about 12 c. diced fresh plum tomatoes and their juice
3 c. water
Six 5.5 fl. oz. (156 mL each) cans tomato paste
1-½ tsp. table salt
1 tbsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. pepper 
2 tbsp. dried oregano
2 tbsp. dried basil
3-to-4 tbsp. granulated sugar

On medium heat, add oil to large, heavy, broad-based pot or Dutch oven. Add onion, garlic, and peppers, cooking 5 min. or until tender. Stir in tomatoes, tomato paste, seasonings, herbs, and sugar. Bring just to the boil, stirring often. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer 1 hr. to allow flavors to blend. Cool to room temperature. Ladle into 2-cup freezer containers. Label, date, and freeze up to 6 months. Yields about 24 cups.

Tomorrow: I also have a flat-out great recipe for a somewhat different version of Freezer Tomato Sauce made in the microwave and in a smaller quantity. Its quick, its easy, and its running tomorrow. Whats not to like about that?

Tip: To prevent freezer burn, place a layer of cello wrap directly on top of and touching the sauce before sealing with the container lid. Use in any recipe that calls for Tomato Sauce such as soups, stews, chili, or pizza sauce. Its versatility makes it a great Plan-Over, too.


We started with onions … plenty, in fact!

And lots of green peppers.

The peppers, we diced ...

The garlic, we minced ...

The onions, we chopped on our processor's pulse setting.

In went the oil ...

Onions, peppers, and garlic ...

The crushed tomatoes...

And oodles of tomato paste.

We added some seasonings and a little sugar ...

And gave everything a good stir, simmering it for an hour.

Spooning it into packages, we labeled and froze it. Finito!

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