So I was in the grocery store late the other night picking out some tomatoes to make and can some tomato sauce. This is something new to me but tomatoes are cheap and tomato sauce can be used as a base for many things so I felt I should try it, right? Tomatoes are also cheap and nutritious, and even Canadian cheap (we typically pay way more for the same stuff than Americans). So I had a couple of bags of Roma tomatoes and a clerk came out and told me there was an entire 25 pound box for $6.99! Which basically means that they are worth 1/3 of the loose price when in the box. I think he made a mistake but there was no bar code on the thing and I was quick to take advantage of it.
Anyways, this is what $7 in Tomatoes looks like:
So anyways, with all this news of all these stock markets crashing and various people recommending to stock up on canned food and the such, I think it’s a good idea to kick it up a notch so I’ll be buying more tomatoes and doing even more sauce. It’s plain, basic stuff that you spice up when you actually make food with it. If you’re interested, here’s how you go about this:
- Get your tomatoes. Probably at least 10 pounds of them.
- Cut a light x in to the bottom of the tomatoes.
- Submerge them in boiling water for about 40 seconds then put them in a bowl of ice water
- The skins should come off like they were just exposed to a nuclear explosion. As in, slip right off. The little x’s you cut before will give you a good place to start the easy peeling process.
- Shove them in a blender and give it a couple of pulses until you get a chunky but relatively smooth sauce. They’ll probably turn pink because of all the air.
- Pour it all into a big pot, and boil it. Scoop off the pink foam that forms on the top, that’s just air.
- I like to boil it down to about half of what it was to thicken it up. This gets rid of water but keeps the nutritious tomato juice.
- Get your cans and pressure canner and process them for 20 minutes.
That’s it, easy as that and a cheap way to stock up on some good food that you can make soup, stews, and chillis with.