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Thomas75
Jun 16, 2016 7:18 AM CST
I processed a lot of fresh picked tomatoes this morning and made some Tomato Sauce. Cutting the tomatoes up was like cutting into a watermelon, they were full of juice. I guess they have soaked up an extra amount due to all the rain that we have had. Thumbs up
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Newyorkrita
Jun 16, 2016 2:49 PM CST
Seems like the rain helped them along. Thumbs up
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ChefDebbie
Jun 16, 2016 4:49 PM CST
What kind of tomatoes? I love the San Marzanos, they are grown in volcanic soil in Italy, which are low acidic, very sweet & totally the best tomato for sauce, in my opinion. Beefsteaks are perfect for Caprese salads.
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RickCorey
Jun 16, 2016 5:21 PM CST
Someone said they concentrated thin tomato sauce by straining it through a pillow case!

But wouldn't you lose some soluble vitamins and minerals?
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Thomas75
Jun 16, 2016 6:13 PM CST
ChefDebbie said:What kind of tomatoes? I love the San Marzanos, they are grown in volcanic soil in Italy, which are low acidic, very sweet & totally the best tomato for sauce, in my opinion. Beefsteaks are perfect for Caprese salads.


What I picked today was about 50/50 Early Girl and Celebrity and they felt really heavy as I was harvesting them. Guess it was all the juice inside.
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Name: Thomas
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Thomas75
Jun 16, 2016 6:17 PM CST
RickCorey said:Someone said they concentrated thin tomato sauce by straining it through a pillow case!

But wouldn't you lose some soluble vitamins and minerals?


After I blend them all together in the blender along with some spices, I then boil on medium heat for about 30 minutes. The sauce gets a bit darker ( more red ) and a bit thicker "normally". Some times I will even add a small amount of water, but this time no so. Really thin but I still tasted OK. I actually used two pints today in my "secret" BBQ Sauce.
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Name: Thomas
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Thomas75
Jun 18, 2016 11:45 AM CST
When life give you lemons, a wise man will make lemonade. Well life gave me a record amount of rainfall and juicy tomatoes like watermelons, so I made tomato juice today. And it really taste great. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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ChefDebbie
Jun 18, 2016 12:03 PM CST
Hurray! Hilarious! That was pretty clever & just made me laugh. An even wiser man will bring a libation of some sort to mix with that lemonade... and sit back to enjoy the fruits of their labor.
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Name: Thomas
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Thomas75
Jun 18, 2016 1:51 PM CST
ChefDebbie said: Hurray! Hilarious! That was pretty clever & just made me laugh. An even wiser man will bring a libation of some sort to mix with that lemonade... and sit back to enjoy the fruits of their labor.


Well Debbie I guess I should fess up to it, I made 3 pints and only put up 2. Yep with a dash of extra salt I drank one of them. Boy it sure is hard for me to put up enough stuff for Winter, because I either eat it or drink it as fast as I can harvest it. Sighing!
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ChefDebbie
Jun 18, 2016 2:54 PM CST
But that's ok. If you're happy, healthy & enjoying it, that's what matters. I'm sure you're accomplishing all that you can & that's definitely something to celebrate!
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Weedwhacker
Jun 20, 2016 7:24 PM CST
ChefDebbie said: Hurray! Hilarious! That was pretty clever & just made me laugh. An even wiser man will bring a libation of some sort to mix with that lemonade... and sit back to enjoy the fruits of their labor.


I agree

Tomato juice = bloody Mary's around here! Big Grin
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Thomas75
Jun 21, 2016 2:35 AM CST
Weedwhacker said:

I agree

Tomato juice = bloody Mary's around here! Big Grin


I agree also Rolling my eyes.
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tveguy3
Jun 25, 2016 6:55 PM CST
RickCorey said:Someone said they concentrated thin tomato sauce by straining it through a pillow case!

But wouldn't you lose some soluble vitamins and minerals?


I always reduce my tomato juice into thick sauce using the pillow case method. I don't know about loosing any soluble vitamins, but then when you eat as much as I do, you don't have to worry about vitamins Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

I wasn't too impressed with the San Marzanos last year. I prefer the San Marzano Redorta for sauce. This year I have them along with a few Viva Italia, we'll see how I like them.
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Newyorkrita
Jun 26, 2016 9:10 AM CST
tveguy3 said:

I always reduce my tomato juice into thick sauce using the pillow case method. I don't know about loosing any soluble vitamins, but then when you eat as much as I do, you don't have to worry about vitamins Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

I wasn't too impressed with the San Marzanos last year. I prefer the San Marzano Redorta for sauce. This year I have them along with a few Viva Italia, we'll see how I like them.


I tried those San Marzanos last year and wasn't impressed either. They will not be back again in my garden. This year giving the San Marzano Retortas a try so we will see how I like them.

I love Viva Italia but not growing any this year. Another I want to try for sauce in the future is Burpee's Super Sauce. Maybe next year.
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Thomas75
Jun 26, 2016 2:07 PM CST
I “liquidfie” ( for a lack of a better word ) my tomatoes two different ways. What I call Tomato Juice, is when I puree the tomatoes in the small container on my blender. It takes about 2 to 3-seconds and it turns the bulk into microscopic particles and very smooth.

What I call Tomato Sauce has some “chunks / pieces” in the mix. I blend these in a 72oz size container on the blender for maybe 1 to 2 seconds. This large container has fewer blades so it does not puree.

I cook both styles the same way and put them up in pint jars. Rolling my eyes.
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Weedwhacker
Jun 26, 2016 6:56 PM CST
Thomas, do you mean you're able to do skin, seeds and all that way?

What kind of blender do you have? (I have an el-cheapo of some sort -- pretty much only gets used for frozen margaritas... Whistling )
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Name: Thomas
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Thomas75
Jun 27, 2016 2:30 AM CST
Weedwhacker said:Thomas, do you mean you're able to do skin, seeds and all that way?

What kind of blender do you have? (I have an el-cheapo of some sort -- pretty much only gets used for frozen margaritas... Whistling )


Hi Sandy,

I put the whole tomato in and blend it that way. I do remove the vine connection area and any blemished area. I then cut the tomato in quarters and just drop those in the container and add my spices, blend and transfer to a sauce pan to cook. I have a Ninja 1500 watt blender that came with 4 different size containers and each container has it's own set of blades. Making a BBQ sauce or a Pizza sauce with homemade tomato soup/juice/sauce is just so much better than canned "stuff".
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tveguy3
Jun 27, 2016 7:26 AM CST
I often blend them the same way, skin seeds and all. I put it into the freezer for winter use.
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Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Jun 27, 2016 7:30 AM CST
Whew, I might need to get a Ninja! Big Grin

I make my tomato sauce by roasting the cut-up tomatoes in the oven, then running them through a Squeezo strainer to remove the skins and seeds.
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Name: Thomas
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Thomas75
Jun 27, 2016 7:51 AM CST
Weedwhacker said:Whew, I might need to get a Ninja! Big Grin

I make my tomato sauce by roasting the cut-up tomatoes in the oven, then running them through a Squeezo strainer to remove the skins and seeds.


Your way sure makes a great thick and dark red sauce but you do loose a lot of volume and some of the fresh taste,
Thomas75

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