Tutorial Tuesday's design is to visually share money saving food preparation techniques along with easy and inexpensive recipes. This week I am happy to share how I (will now, and forever) make homemade tomato sauce. The truth is, this is my first attempt to make this sauce- and I am now addicted to the aroma and the taste!!!
I shopped at Gordon Food Service for a few of the key ingredients. I wanted large cans of tomatoes that were purchasable without a warehouse membership.
The ingredient list for homemade tomato sauce: Canned tomatoes (I chose diced), canned tomato puree, Kosher salt, garlic (I chose fresh, but you could choose garlic salt and omit the Kosher salt), Basil, Oregano, Italian seasonings and spaghetti sauce seasoning packets (for thickening).
I first opened all of my big cans, and I scooped out just the tomatoes with a slotted spoon.
I placed the diced tomatoes into my blender and pulverized them!!! OK, I did accidentally use the crushed ice setting- and these bad boys were blended into oblivion in 4.3 seconds... literally! (If you happen to love tomatoes as much as I do... this step smells AWESOME!)
The more tomatoes that I sifted out of the large cans, the more difficult it became to separate the diced tomatoes from the liquid, so I pulled out my favorite little strainer (circa: 1997, my first purchased 'move out on my own' item!) and sifted the remaining tomato pieces.
I reserved the juice for later (even though I just wanted to chug it!!!) The remainder was surprisingly about 3 cups of juice! *NOTE: I only added one can's worth of tomato juice into the tomato sauce. I am saving the remainder for another recipe.
I daringly (since I've experienced Ziploc bag fail) measured out 3 cups (24 ounces since jarred sauce is portioned at 26 ounces/jar) of homemade tomato sauce per Ziploc.
I was pleasantly surprised to receive (10) 3 cup portions! I'm looking forward to making hearty pasta dishes like: lasagna, spaghetti, baked spaghetti, and chicken Parmesan.
Recipe Recap: (with my pricing)
(2) 6lb/6oz Cans of tomatoes. (3.49/can = $6.98)
4 Cups of tomato puree. ($4.49/can, 1/3 can = $1.50)
1 1/2 Teaspoons of Basil. (unsure of cost, we already owned this spice)
3 Teaspoons of Oregano. (unsure of cost, we already owned this spice)
3 Teaspoons of Italian seasonings. (unsure of cost, we already owned this spice)
2 Teaspoons of Kosher salt. (unsure of cost, we already owned this spice)
(2) Packets of spaghetti seasonings. ($1.01 for McCormicks = $2.02)
Total: $10.50 for (10) jar size portions.
Personal Notes: We make several cold weather dinner dishes that call for tomato sauce. Normally with coupons I can purchase sauce for $1-ish per jar pretty easily. But what I like about the homemade sauce is that it magically seems *special*! The 30 minutes that it took me to prep and package the sauce was time well spent!
***Thank you Beth and Patrick for sharing your yummy recipe with our family!
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