Monday, August 29, 2016

From Vine To Freezer Tomato Sauce

From vine to freezer tomato sauce is my newest way to 'put up' some of  the tomatoes that I have been harvesting from our garden.

Let me just start by saying, I have such admiration and respect for my Mom and the generations before her that canned so much produce.  It is a lot of work!  

Although I have done some canning this year, for this round I did some freezing.  

The process starts out the same...

I marked an X on the bottom of the tomato.
Put them in boiling water for a few seconds until the skin started to peel.
Placed the tomatoes in cold water.
Peeled the tomato and cut the top off.

Then I had some fun!
Using my hands, I squished the tomatoes into a large pot.

Brought them to a boil, then simmered for approximately 1 1/2 hours.

I added nothing - no salt, no herbs, nothing.

That's why I'm calling this FROM VINE TO FREEZER TOMATO SAUCE.

...the seasoning will be added when I cook with this sauce, depending on what I am making.

After simmering for about 1 1/2 hours, it was still a bit chunky.

I used an immersion blender to get the consistency that I wanted.

After it cooled down, I ladled the sauce into freezer mason jars.

I look forward to using this sauce for so many things...

Add a bit of cream and some herbs and it will become tomato soup.

Add some garlic and herbs and it will become a marinara sauce.

Add some vegetables, ground beef, salt and pepper and it will become a vegetable soup.

Add some diced tomatoes to this sauce and will become a great addition to casseroles.

'Putting up' food from my garden brings me a sense of satisfaction...
I know what I'm feeding my family and it's a  way to enjoy the garden taste even when it's cold and snowy this winter.


  1. I love your method of putting up your harvest! What a way to help you with dinner. Good idea!

    1. This is my first time freezing sauce. I look forward to jazzing it up for different meals. I hope I remember to de-thaw it ;-)

  2. That makes quick work of it. I use my immersion blender all the time.
    You'll be set for chili, soup, pasta sauce, sloppy joes, and so many other yummy comfort foods. Enjoy!

  3. You are a busy bee Lori, sounds like a great idea.


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