Homemade Tomato Sauce
Food comprises one of the biggest allotment in every household. With grocery prices increasing from time to time, it’s hard to keep the budget go in a roll. Added to the increasing market prices on basic commodities, homemakers are burdened with choosing which grocery or food products that ensures health to our family. At most times, we associate branded and highly priced commodity to getting the best of what we need. And, it’s saddening that cheap and low-priced products are often labeled as unsafe and unhealthy.
When a homemaker wanted to be wiser or smart shopper -something has gotta give. However, to avoid getting stuck in a dilemma why not start with the basics. You wanted to save on food purchases – then, try to cut down on grocery purchases. Try to make your own food.
Where to start? We buy a lot of canned goods -meat/meat products, sauces, condiments and even canned fruits and vegetables. They’re there in the grocery shelves. Ready and easy to use. However, if we are trying to save, why not start making your own? Start listing what you usually use in cooking. Then, search down the Internet for quick and easy recipes. Then, source out off the market if the key ingredients are readily available. If its fruits or vegetables -picked out the ones that are in season -they’re cheaper.
I did make this a point because I always try to find ways on how I can cut food spending without sacrificing the health of my family. It’s like doing a DIY in the kitchen. Making something instead of buying them.
In this case, let’s start by making tomato sauces. Tomatoes with its nutritionally-packed substance -we often have dishes that needs tomatoes. Tomato-based dishes are one of the favorites in family meals. Whether it’s a stew-dish or pasta dishes or vegetable salads -tomatoes are essential. There are seasons when it comes cheap in the market. Or, why not try to grow few stems in your backyard or in pots.
And so, here’s one quick and easy way to stock up on tomato sauces -
MAKE YOUR OWN HOMEMADE TOMATO SAUCE
2 kilos red tomatoes
onion and garlic
1/3 cup olive oil
2-3 pieces bay leaves
fresh basil or celery (optional)
red bell pepper (optional)
1 teaspoon salt
2-3 teaspoon granulated sugar (optional)
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon chili powder (if you want a spicy sauce)
- Cut and wash the tomatoes. De-seed if you prefer.
- Boil 1 liter of water. Plunge in the tomatoes. Simmer for 10 minutes or until the skin are beginning to peel off.
- Take out the tomatoes. Set aside the water. It’ll be useful as we go on. Let cool. At this time, you can opt to take out the skin. I prefer not to. I like to include the skin and placed them in the blender (or food processor if you have one) together with the previously boiled water. Blend until completely crushed.
- Sieve the blended tomato until it becomes a smooth paste. Set aside.
- Saute in olive oil the garlic and onions. Add in the celery or basil, red bell pepper. Saute for just two minutes. Let cool.
- Put this in the blender plus a cup of the previously boiled water. Blend until smooth.
- Bring the tomatoes, the garlic/onion paste together. Bring them to a boil using the previously boiled water.
- Add seasoning -salt, sugar, ground black pepper, bay leaf, chili powder.
- Simmer this for about 3o minutes.
- Let the sauce completely cool before storing in jars.
-No need to add artificial colors. I was in awed I get to achieve that yellow-orange color. Must be the variety of the tomatoes I used.
-No need to add thickener. Liquid and tomatoes should be proportionate.
-Store in sterilize and air tight jars to prolong the sauce’s life. Store in the fridge for about 10 days.
-This is a ready sauce which can be used for tomato-based dishes. It’s ready too for any type of pastas.
And, imagine all the savings you can have. How much was a can of tomato sauce cost?
And, I mean, this tomato sauce is easy to cook. Right?