Growing Chefs! Ontario Agri-Food Education Spring 2021 | Tomato Sauce
Agri-Food Education Spring 2021 | Tomato Sauce
Gather all your ingredients and equipment before you get started!
To prepare the tomatoes: Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Remove the stem of the tomato and gently score the bottom of the tomato with an “X.” Set up a large bowl of ice water. In batches, carefully drop the tomatoes into the boiling water, 5 – 6 at a time until the skin starts to pull away, about 15 – 30 seconds. Remove the tomatoes with a slotted spoon and immediately transfer to the ice water until cold. Remove the tomatoes from the ice water. Repeat this process for the remaining tomatoes.
Remove the skins from the tomatoes. If the skins do not easily slip off, repeat the process. Roughly the tomatoes. dice
Cut the onions in half and remove the skin. Slice off the top end of the onion and make thin cuts from root to tip, keeping the root end in tact. Turn the onion and slice through again to dice.
Smash the garlic to remove the skin, and finely mince.
If using fresh herbs, remove the leaves from the stem and then chop. Discard the stems.
Measure out the olive oil, sugar, and bay leaf.
Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large pot. Add the diced onion and the onions until they are translucent, about sweat5 – 10 minutes. Add the garlic and continue to cook for 1 minute more.
Add the diced tomatoes, sugar, bay leaf, chopped herbs, and with salt and pepper. season
Cook for about 60 minutes over low heat, until tomatoes have broken down and sauce is slightly thickened.
Using an immersion or stand blender, blend the sauce to your desired consistency. Taste for seasoning and transfer back to the pot. Continue to cook 15 – 20 minutes more until sauce has thickened slightly.
If canning sauce, transfer sauce to clean and sterilized mason jars while hot. Add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice to every 1 litre jar of sauce and stir with a clean spoon. Add the sterilized mason jar lid and water-bath can according to a reputable canning source, like your local health unit. Make sure to label and date each jar.
Alternatively, sauce can be cooled and frozen. Lemon juice does not need to be added for this preservation method.