Preserve Your Favourite Tomato Sauce When Tomato Prices Are Low

When tomatoes, and generally vegetable prices are low, basically during summer, it is a good idea to make a large batch of your favourite sauce and jar it in well sterilized jars for quick access. It also helps if you have basil and other herbs growing in your veranda.


  • Fresh tomatoes puréed. 
  • Multi coloured bell peppers thinly sliced
  • Onions cubed.
  • Garlic passed through the press.
  • Couple of handfuls of fresh basil, torn by hand.
  • Salt, pepper, chili powder, smoked paprika, chili.
  • Some sugar to offset the tomato acidity.
  • Extra virgin olive oil.
  • Heat oil, stir fry onion till soft.
  • Add garlic and stir till you smell that delicious aroma .
  • Add pepper and stir fry till soft.
  • Add tomato purée.
  • Add sugar.
  • Add spices.
  • Boil, turn down heat to a very slow simmer stirring frequently for one hour.
  • Add water if required but not too much. You need a thick sauce.
  • Turn off heat when time is up.
  • Fill hot sterilized jars with still hot sauce and cover immediately and reverse jar on the work table.
  • Let cool till next day and make sure a vacuum has been obtained.
  • Keep for a few weeks.
Enjoy when you need ready tomato sauce.


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