Tomato Processing

20141018_163145Following the final big tomato harvest, we prepare a large batch of spaghetti sauce and salsa! First ingredient is tomatoes, of course!

20141018_163319Loads of fresh crisp red onions!

20141019_110209Rinse tomatoes to prepare for hot water bath

20141019_131233Boil tomatoes for approximately five minutes

20141019_133320Next, immediately drop tomatoes into ice water, remove peel, and cut away unwanted portions

20141019_145953Puree tomatoes in food processor and pour into stainless steel bowls

20141019_154516Wash, chop, and add onions, garlic, peppers, parsley, etc… depending on sauce

20141019_174035Have plenty of bowls, cooking pots, and processing bath ready!

20141018_192742Sterilize glass jars in boiling water for at least 15-30 minutes, while sauce is cooking

20141019_173839Boil sauce until desired thickness is reached, evaporating much of the liquid


The processing pot we use holds nine quarts


Be prepared with clean/sterile lids and rings! Pour sauce into hot glass jars, using ladle and funnel. Wipe edge of glass with damp hot wet cloth before placing lid on top of jar.  Place back in water bath and boil heavily for at least 30 minutes.  Remove from pot and let cool.  Lids will seal themselves.

20141019_194004Two batches of tomato sauce…spaghetti sauce and salsa!!!

We prepared a total of 18 quarts of spaghetti sauce, 18 quarts of tomatillo salsa, and 12 quarts of red tomato salsa!!!

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