Tomatoes - what do you do with them all?
I mainly use tomatoes for saucing but I do love salsa.
Last year I tried my hand at ketchup and BBQ sauce but it did not work out well. I just decided to do tomato sauce and use it to make other things. So I canned some tomato sauce. It took 40 lbs. of tomatoes to make 5 pints of sauce. Yep, but I like thicker sauce.
I read a great trick from one of my favorite blogs, Home Joys. She shares how to have the thickest tomato sauce painlessly.
This year, I think I am going to try Mrs. Wages mixes (pizza sauce, pasta sauce, salsa, ketchup and chili base). I just don't want to waste any sauce since my ketchup didn't turn out last year.
I use my Roma Food Mill and I just wash the tomatoes and cut the tops off. But now that I am freezing them (per Home Joy's suggestion) I won't even have to do that, just thaw, pour off the water and run through my food mill. Should be a lot easier . . .
I have said it before but I highly recommend the Roma Food Mill. It has served me well for a few years now.
Another tip, if you don't grow your own tomatoes you can buy them in bulk for sauce. I (again) bought some organic tomatoes from Craig's list for about $0.50/lb. Just do a quick search.
Some of the recipes I would like to try are:
Tammy's Pizza Sauce Recipe
What do you do with your tomatoes? Any good tips or recipes?