Thursday, 13 October 2011


Living with your in-laws is never a good time. But it does have some benefits too. My father in law has a fabulous compost right outside, for all the household compostables. He's also converted his entire yard to gardening food for the house. Everything from plums, pears and figs; to green beans, parsley and carrots. Most of all, Tomatoes! around this time of year, the house is over run with tomatoes everywhere! He lays them all out in a single layer on every flat outdoor surface he can find, and then looks for opportunities to make things with all his bounty. This year, I decided to steal (err, borrow?) two huge bowls of tomatoes to make a big pot of sauce for us and them. 

One Giant Sweet Onion, diced
One Giant head of garlic, cloves sliced thin (use a mandoline-CAREFULLY!)
3-4 Tablespoons EVOO
20-30 Tomatoes, cut into chunks
2 Tablespoons of freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 Tablespoon of sea salt
1 1/2 Tablespoon ofTurbinado Sugar
1 teaspoon fresh oregano, chopped fine

In a giant Sauce Pot, add your EVOO, and your diced onions. Sweat out your onions until they are about translucent. Add your Garlic, mix it up and let it sweat out over medium heat.

Add your tomatoes, your salt and your pepper. Stir, cover and simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Do this for about an hour (or longer). Your tomatoes will be liquidy and soupy. 

Add your sugar and using your fabulous immersion blender, blend everything in your pot really well. 

Let your sauce simmer over medium (maybe a bit lower than medium) for an hour, maybe two, with the lid on. Stir in your oregano, and recover. Turn off your heat. Taste to see if you need to add seasoning. It should be tasty and balanced, but simple. You'll be adding to it when you use it to cook with later. 

Your sauce should have reduced by at least 1/3. Keep the cover on and leave it out on your stove overnight (or in your fridge-the stove may not be food safe, it's just how I do it). 

The next day, pour your sauce into big freezer bags into usable portions.  Make sure you push all the air out of the zipper before sealing the bags. Throw it into the freezer, flat.

Pull out as needed. The zippy bags make it super easy to defrost! You can just keep it in a sink full of water to defrost while you prep and til you're ready to heat it up!

Tomato Sauce.. or Saowse as they call it in Joisey.. Delish!


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