Sunday, October 7, 2012

The REAL Tomatoes are All Gone...

...but you can still make a mighty fine
Tomato Sauce for freezing.
This is a good all purpose Tomato Sauce.
The recipe makes a lot, but it freezes well.

3 (28 oz.) cans diced tomatoes, drained
4 (8 oz.) cans tomato sauce
2 medium sized sweet onions, diced (about 2 cups)
1 large green bell pepper, diced (about 1 1/2 cups)
1t. black pepper
1/2 t. ground red pepper
1/2 t. dried crushed red pepper.

Other than dicing the onions and peppers,
there's no more work to do other than opening cans
and doing some measuring.
Stir together all ingredients in a large bowl. 
Makes about 12 cups.
Use immediately or store in an airtight
container in the refrigerator up to 7 days.

Or, you can freeze it.
I use 1 quart, zip lock bags.
To make filling them easier
place a bag, open over another container.
I use a one pound plastic coffee container.

Place 2 cups of the tomato mixture in  a 1 qt. bag.

Seal bag, squeezing out excess air.
Repeat procedure with remaining tomato mixture.

Place bags flat on a baking sheet,
and freeze up to 3 months.
Once they're frozen solid, you can stack them upright
to save space in your freezer.
Thaw in the refrigerator 24 hours.
Now you're all set with a tasty tomato sauce all ready.
You can make a


by stirring together 3 cups of the tomato sauce with
1 1/2T. chopped fresh cilantro
1T. fresh lime juice
Cover and chill 1 hour before serving.
Serve with tortilla chips.

Or, for a quick dish of pasta,

saute some fresh mushrooms,
add to the heated tomato sauce and serve over
pasta of your choice.

Add some freshly grated Parmesan Cheese and

dinner's ready!

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Blondie's Journal said...

This looks just delicious! I have to try your method of freezing. Canning is so time consuming. Your recipe is wonderful!


Debbi said...

yum. I am writing these down for future use! We are still picking tomatoes here in Oregon so fresh is still king. But in the dead of winter this is a great idea..thanks for sharing!

Balisha said...

Love your idea for filling bags and then freezing them the way you do. I'm going to follow your ideas for sure. Why didn't I think of that?

Rebecca @ Belle Blog said...

Yummy! Great idea with the freezer bags!


Dragonfly Treasure said...

Great ideas and yummy looking recipes! Had to pin this one ;)

Tanya@takesix said...

I was blessed with a great crop of tomatoes this year and made some tomato sauce. I like the idea of putting it in ziploc bags. Thanks for the inspiration! Have a wonderful weekend.

Kathy Shea Mormino said...

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I hope to see you there!
Kathy Shea Mormino
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