But if your like my Auntie Alison or myself and you live for the mason jar these next few posts are totally for you.
So let's talk tomatoes.
Thus, enter tomato sauce. An absolute staple in my kitchen. So here's how I do it. No recipe, no real special ingredient, just a ton of decent judgement for my own taste buds, cause hell, if I can't cook for my palate then how can I cook for anyone else's? Make yourself happy first folks, then aid others.
No real wrong way to do this.
In pieces, chunks, maybe just cut off the tops like I do. I also stuff a small chunk of garlic in the middle (1/4 of a clove) and sprinkle with your fav 'tomato' spices (i.e. oregano, thyme, basil, garlic salt, onion salt, rosemary, etc). I like to keep the spices open to interpretation in case I get some crazed craving for cardamom or allspice berries.....you never know. After spicing I pour some olive oil across these on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and throw them in the oven at an oven temperature that makes sense (i.e. 350 to 400 degrees - ovens are different so pay attention to what works for you). I usually roast for 45 min to an hour, but definitely go longer if you like your tomatoes to be super roasted. Alternatively, stop at 30 min if your satisfied with the colour.
While waiting for the tomatoes to cool, place a large pot on the stove and fill with water to boil and create a sterilizing bath for your mason jars!
C) Once, cool throw 4 or 5 tomatoes at a time in the blender to emulsify (i.e. turn into liquid) unless you prefer chunky sauce, then just rough chop your tomatoes and garlic. Tongues help if the tomatoes are still warm.
D) Once your tomatoes are now resembling sauce, move them from the blender to a large pot or a dutch oven. Place the pot on the oven on medium-high heat. Once the sauce is boiling, turn it down to low-medium heat to simmer and reduce.
Once your pot of sterlizing water has boiled place 2 jars at a time in the water to sterilize before pulling them out and carefully placing them on a sterilized surface.