Shocking Moment..I made tomato sauce!
I splurged on this pretty food strainer I found online at Territorial Seed Company during one of those long days. What's a girl to do, dreaming of her veggie garden while stuck in a hospital? :)
I got the Victorio Food Strainer / Sauce Maker and setting it up was a breeze. (Even for the mechanically un-inclined.) Now, I stuck all those lovely ripe tomatoes from garden in the hopper for picture taking purposes but once that was accomplished, I quartered them and then put them back in the hopper. I did not peel or de-seed those guys and look what I got:
Perfecto!! I cannot believe it was as easy as that. Just quartered them, cranked the handle and voila! This Dutch girl could be Italian..lol.
The above picture is the finished product with the left over waste in a bowl ready for the compost bin. I'm pretty pleased with myself.
Next step, I reduced the sauce by boiling at a gentle simmer, let it cool and then I measured into freezer bags, marked and stored in the deep freezer. My sauce will be ready to eat in the gray, winter months of the Pacific Northwest. So, what's next?
Oh..the next box of tomatoes picked from the garden. Ok..back to work!
P.S. No one has paid me to high light their products..I just happen to really like supporting Territorial Seed Co. because they are a local, Oregon, family owned business and the food strainer was a splurge for myself..something that appears to be well made and I hope will get years worth of work in my kitchen.
P.P.S. Thanks to Diane @ My Cottage Garden for the tip on using a ripe banana to assist with ripening up tomatoes...it totally worked. The tomatoes in the above picture are now red ripe and ready to process!