what to do with 27 lbs of tomatoes?

My friend really wanted to make tomato sauce and can it.  Somehow or other I got that into my head.  She couldn't make the party but I was determined to forge ahead.  And so, I did. 

27 lbs of tomatoes (Italian tomatoes)

3 Tbsp. hot crushed red peppers

3 Tbsp. sugar

8 large shallots ( sliced and chopped)

olive oil

salt and pepper

20 basil leaves

Boil the tomatoes for about 15 minutes.  Strain.  Using a food mill over a huge bowl run the tomatoes through it taking away the core and skin.  You will get just juice.  I keep the chopped part of the tomato after in another bowl and just pick through it to make sure there isn't any skin or bad pieces and use it in the sauce.  Makes it more chunky.

In a large stock pot, cover the bottom with olive oil (not too much) and saute the crushed red peppers and shallots until soft over a low heat.  Add the juice, the chopped part of the tomatoes and the basil leaves.  Add in the sugar.  Stir.  Add in the salt and pepper for taste.  Bring to boil and then down to low and let stand on the stove for an hour and a half.

Then pour into the jars and seal.  What is amazing that for 27 lbs of tomatoes, all that came out was 7 large jars of tomato sauce.  Maybe another go at it tomorrow?

Comments (Archived):

  1. daryn

    Did you grow the tomatoes? We never have much luck with growing any tomatoes besides cherry tomatoes, and those go straight into our mouths for the most part.I bet that sauce is fantastic; another option, that could come in handy for labor day weekend, is some homemade ketchup.Here’s a recipe from Saveur that’s as good as Heinz, and without the HFCS.http://blog.daryn.net/ketchup

    1. Gotham Gal

      Homemade ketchup. Yum.I did not grow them. I love doing so many things but gardening is not oneof them.I got them from the farm down the road who literally went out in the fieldsand picked them for me while I waited.

      1. daryn

        I’m not much of a gardener either, we get most of our veggies in the summer through a CSA. Sounds like you’ve got the best tomato connection though!

  2. kirklove

    My Italian grandmother (who’s long passed) just smiled somewhere. 😉

    1. Gotham Gal

      Next year I am shooting for 100 lbs…and more hands!

  3. Kellee

    Woah! That looks amazing….Now all you need is some homemade spaghetti and you have a gourmet meal. I make pasta from scratch all the time and I don’t think that it is nearly as intense as your 27 lb tomato sauce. 🙂

    1. Gotham Gal

      I will get Josh working on the pasta when we get back!