Tomato sauce is easy to make and freeze, trust me! As you know, we have belonged to a CSA for two years now. The first year, we didn’t get many tomatoes and I was very disappointed. This year was another subjet all together. Every week, for about 4 weeks, we got tomatoes! I was not complaining because I use them to cook with on a regular basis.
I grew some tomatoes this year also. I had a couple of Big Boys and about 4 Roma tomato plants. This was my first year for growing Roma tomatoes, but I can assure you, it will not be my last. Roma makes the best sauce in the world. It is a low juice fruit, so you get a nice, thick sauce. Perfect for marinara, chile or any other dish that calls for a nice thick sauce.
I have made sauce the old fashioned way before. You know, washing the tomatoes, dipping them in hot water, peeling them, cooking them down and finally canning them. I enjoy storing sauce this way, but I find that when I don’t have pounds of tomatoes to work with, the process is not really worth it. I searched for a quicker way to mae the sauce.
I am going to share with you how I make and freeze my sauce.
All that is required is:
That is a nice and short list isn’t it?
Place the pot with the tomatoes on the stove, bring to a boil. Once the sauce has boiled for a couple minutes, lower the heat and let the sauce simmer. Cook for a couple hours, stirring every once and a while. When you have let the tomatoes cook down for a few hours and they are nice and thick (or to the consistency you like your sauce). Take the pot off the stove and let the sauce cool. I will often put the sauce in the refrigerator over night.
When the sauce is cool, place about 2 cups in a plastic sealable bag. Make sure all of the air is out of the bag before you seal it. Lay the bag flat on a cookie sheet and place the cookie sheet in the freezer. When the tomato sauce is frozen, you can easily write the date on the bag and store your sauce in a nice stack!
Well, what do you think? That was pretty easy wasn’t it? Are you looking for a way to freeze whole tomatoes? Head on over to Little House Living – Merissa will show you how to freeze whole tomatoes.
This post is a part of the Living Big on Less Money Series. I would love it if you would share some of your frugal tips and tricks!