Eats: Spicy Tomato Sauce

10:30 AM


TOMACKERS. We had a lot of tomatoes this year, more than usual because when we thew bits of them in the compost pile, then used the compost in the garden, tomato plants started sprouting in random places. We had one growing right in the middle of the mint, it was kind of awesome. I used the Ball canning recipe, with some slight moderation. 

Tomatoes, cored
Lemon juice
Thai Chili peppers (or red pepper flakes, if you want less heat)

*For a thin sauce, you will need about 35 lbs of tomatoes, for a thicker sauce, about 45 lbs. This will yield 7 quart jars of sauce. 

Prepare canner, jars, and lids. After washing & coring the tomatoes, you can either follow the directions on the Ball website and boil and mash them in a sauce pan (will also help to make a thicker sauce), or, do what I do and throw them in the blender. Blending them makes for a very thin sauce, so I will usually add some tomato paste when I cook with these sauces later. After getting all of your tomatoes in the pot and boiling them down (do this even if you use my lazy blending method), add the spices. I typically will add 2-3 Thai Chili peppers to a batch.I also added some fresh garlic to this batch, about 3 cloves, so you have that option as well.  If you don't like spice at all, you can add dried herbs of your choice, such as oregano or basil,  go crazy! Just add a little to each jar instead of the whole batch. Reduce the heat, and cook until the sauce reduces by half, this thickens it up. 

Ladle sauce into hot jars, adding 2 tsp lemon juice to each jar. Seal and pressure cook the jars. 



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  1. Catching up on your posts since I was MIA while I was back east visiting Charlie. This looks AMAZING!! The idea of canning has always seemed a bit overwhelming to me but it sounds like it would be fun! This looks yummy!


  2. you shoudl seriously start selling at a farmer's market or local grocery store. your stuff always looks so good!

  3. Oh..I've always wanted to try something like this. have a pressure cooker! GO YOU!

  4. Awesome! You really know how to make the most of your crop! Great post!

  5. This is so great to see this recipe. Makes great gifts too!

  6. Such a great foodie post! I'm really glad you did this one.

  7. i can't eat spicy, but it looks so good Sara. you can't beat fresh!

  8. I am definitely trying, ahhhhhhhhhhhh

  9. Ooh, I have a feeling my mom would absolutely love this!!


  10. Yummy! I love spicy tomato sauce. By coincidence, this morning I was looking at the big bowl of habanero peppers a friend gave me and realized I'll never eat them all, so I'm going to try something similar and make my own hot sauce. No tomato, though; just garlic and vinegar.

  11. This recipe gets a lip-licking giant yum from me, too. One can just picture the plethora of dishes it could star in or dress up, from baked potatoes to squares of polenta. My tummy is rumbling at the mere thought. :)

    ♥ Jessica

    *PS* I'm new to your wonderful blog, having discovered by way of the fact that we are two of Ally's three recipients for the 2013 Bloggy Award this year. I'm really looking forward to getting to know you and your site better. Many congrats on your win!


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