Homemade tomato sauce

Bottled homemade tomato sauce by food photographer in Melbourne
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16 kilos of tomatoes harvested for homemade tomato sauce

I’ve always enjoyed having a little project. As a kid, I would join my mum at the library and head straight to the hobby section. I went through all the books looking for a simple and creative project to do at home. One time I ended up with a wizarding book teaching me how to make my own magic wand! 

When COVID-19 hit, I guess we were all looking for another project. With lattes and cappuccinos being a thing of the past, instant coffees turned out to be a hit. Who didn’t try a ‘Dalgona’ coffee? I’m guilty.

Then came the Sourdough bread baking. As a Scandinavian, I’ve always enjoyed baking. However, I’m only saying that now to make it sound like I didn’t jump on the baking trend like everyone else. I was definitely heavily influenced.

A few days before lockdown started in Melbourne, we went on a little road trip for the day. We wanted to get a Sunday hike in, to soak up the sunny weather and the lovely smell of Eucalypts. In hindsight, it was the best thing we could’ve done that day. Only a few days later and we all had to stay at home.

On our drive back to the city, we decided to stop by one of the local fruit and veg shops along the road.  The result? 16 kilos of tomatoes! I guess we got a bit carried away. Though it was all too tempting.

Homemade tomato sauce anyone? Yes, please!

16 kilos of tomatoes harvested for homemade tomato sauce

 

Chopped tomatoes for making homemade tomato sauce

HOMEMADE TOMATO SAUCE RECIPE

  • 9 kg halved tomatoes
  • 1.5 kg finely chopped onions
  • 115 g chopped garlic
  • 1.5 kg of apple sauce
  • 1 tbs ground ginger (mix it into a thin paste with some water)
  • 2.5 kg sugar
  • 140 g salt
  • 1 bottle Ezy Sauce

 

HOW TO MAKE THE SAUCE

  • Chop the tomatoes, onion and garlic. Mix the ginger together with some water to make a thick paste. Add the ingredients to a big pot and boil for 3,5 hours. Keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn.
  • Add the apples, sugar, salt and Ezy Sauce. Simmer for about 1 hour, or until thick.

Pour onto bottles.

Making homemade tomato sauce

Bottling homemade tomato sauce in Schweppes bottles

Bottling homemade tomato sauce in Schweppes bottles

If you have some time to plan ahead, start collecting old jars and bottles. Use your imagination of what to use. Got some old jam jars stocked up? Just finished a bottle of cordial or wine? Wash and reuse! As the tomato sauce is an annual tradition in the family, we were lucky and had a large number of old Schweppes bottles waiting to be used.

Pasta with homemade tomato sauce by food photographer

YOU MADE THE SAUCE, NOW WHAT?

This tomato sauce does wonders as a simple pasta dish or as a base on your favourite pizza. It’s got a sweet taste to it which makes the pizza slightly caramelized. If you’ve got a sweet tooth like me, you’ll like it. We make sure we always have another bottle ready to use.

Store-bought Ketchup? No way. You can do better than that!

16 kilos of tomatoes harvested for homemade tomato sauce

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