Pureed Tomatoes

donnabaskets(Zone 8a, Central MS)January 26, 2014

I like to use "pureed" tomatoes for making spaghetti sauce at home. What would be the way to get that thick consistency you get from the commercially canned ones when canning your own tomatoes at home?

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You know, I used to make jarred spaghetti sauce, but found that just putting up halved or quartered tomatoes the usual way and before using draining off a good deal of the fluid before dumping them in the pot with the meat and other ingredients will give you a quick, thick product.

    Bookmark   January 26, 2014 at 8:21PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Don't know the consistency of commercially canned pureed tomatoes. never used them. But you can always just peel, run through the food processor, heat, add the lemon juice or citric acid, and can per the tomato sauce instructions.

Or better yet just used the Crushed Tomatoes instructions at NCHFP. That is the most popular method for most of us.

One of the methods should be similar to the canned ones from the store.


Here is a link that might be useful: NCHFP - Canning tomatoes

    Bookmark   January 26, 2014 at 10:54PM
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I've tried to get them that thick, but it's not recommended to be that thick.

Just canned them, then pour off 'water'/liquid, and blender them.

    Bookmark   January 27, 2014 at 10:01AM
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donnabaskets(Zone 8a, Central MS)

Thank you. The can and drain method sounds like a good and simple idea. I will try that next year.

    Bookmark   January 27, 2014 at 3:22PM
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I find it much easier/faster/ convenient just to use canned juice then right before serving add a 6oz can of paste per quart at the end of cooking to finish spaghetti sauce. Cooking the sauce in the liquid makes it much easier for the spices especially fennel to meld in your sauce without any risk of food potentially burning the pan. With thicker sauce you have to be more of a slave over the stove to prevent burns.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2014 at 3:27PM
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An option I use is dehydrating tomatoes and powdering them in the food processor. Works well for thickening and I enjoy the added flavor.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2014 at 11:23AM
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donnabaskets(Zone 8a, Central MS)

These are all great ideas. Thanks!

    Bookmark   May 10, 2014 at 3:35PM
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