Friday, August 29, 2014

Oven Roasted Tomato Sauce

With my first picking of tomatoes I am making Oven Roasted Tomato Sauce.  First batch is finished and the second one in the oven roasting.  The house smells very good right now.  Perfect almost fall day for canning.   Here is how I do the tomato sauce in the oven.

First cutting up the tomatoes and squeezing out the juice and seeds.

After they are all cut up I add a couple of green peppers to each pan along with a large onion, small handful of fresh basil, few parsley sprigs, 3 garlic cloves, and a couple of bay leaves.

Pour some olive oil in the bottom of a glass cake pan, add the tomatoes with some salt to the pan, then pour a little oil over the top again.   Put in the oven to roast at 425 for about 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes you may want to remove some of the liquid they have produced.

Roast for another 30 minutes or until the vegetables are soft and getting some nice charred spots, this adds flavor to the sauce.

After the tomatoes have cooled down put them into a food processor and process until smooth.

I put mine into pint jars and processed them for 20 minutes at 10 pounds pressure.  Ended up with 9 pints from the first batch.  

I will use the sauce for chili, spaghetti sauce, for any recipe that calls for tomato sauce.  This does need to have oregano added depending on what it is used for.  You can add what ever herbs and spices your family likes to make it work for you.  I am always adding things to the jar depending on what it is going to be used for.

This week has been exciting one grandson got his drivers license and the other one played his first football came for the freshman team.  Very happy times!

Time goes by so fast, what a blessing both of these boys are to our lives.


Monday, August 25, 2014

Summer, where have you gone?

Summer is coming to and end way to fast for me.  It seems that school just gets done for the year and it's time to start again.   Where has the summer went!   I have enjoyed my time home and finding it very hard to think about going back to work next week.

This summer was filled with gardening, veggies and flowers, lots of baking, freezing, canning... 


We went to the county fair this past weekend, always enjoy seeing the animals, loved this little green and yellow chicken.  

Counting down the days until next Tuesday morning...ready or will be starting!