Wash the tomatoes then cut them in half length-wise and then remove the seeds.
Arrange them in layers in a large roasting pan, skin side down. For each layer, spritz with a decent quality olive oil, sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt, 2 tablespoons chopped garlic, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper (or more to taste), 2 tablespoons oregano, 2 tablespoons thyme, (you may substitute Italian herb seasoning), and 1 cup of chopped onions. Depending on the size & variety of your tomatoes, you will get about 5 layers into a roasting pan.
Roast for about 1 hour and 30 minutes at 350 degrees, or until skins start to wrinkle
Let them cool a little, then remove and discard the skins (they should just pinch off at this point. Put the tomato meat into an 8 quart pot.
Crush tomatoes using a hand-held mixing stick, until chunky.
Add 1 pound of cooked Italian sausage and 1 cup of wine (red or white).
Adjust your spices to suit your taste (we add about 2 teaspoons of crushed red pepper at this point).
Simmer for about 45 minutes and you're ready to eat!!! Two roasting pans will yield about 7 quarts of finished sauce. Enjoy!!!
w r ranch, about how many lbs tomatoes do you use? How do you store and preserve that much sauce? Only 1 lb sausage for all that sauce?? Sounds and looks yummy, and I might be getting a lot of tomatoes from my food co-op.
Anyone here participate in Bountiful Baskets co-op? I just did it for the first time, and I'm pretty well pleased with my freezer full of 28 lbs of blanched fresh asparagus. I am rich in asparagus!
Thanks for the great pix of your tomato sauce. ~ pen
To me, a good timato sauce isn't possible without a hint of sherry and/or red wine, and balsamic vinegar. Those two added ingrediants send you straight into heaven. I also enjoy at least 1 cup of FRESH tarragon and cream. Blend it all up in the blender, and wowza.
Pennzer wrote:w r ranch, about how many lbs tomatoes do you use?
I'm not quite sure, to be honest with you. If I had to guess, I'd say about 20 or so... I simply start by filling 2 roaster pans heaping full & then start. We grow a lot of tomatoes here & give most of them to our older neighbors/friends. Attached is a link for a picture of a typical day's harvest...
Pennzer wrote:How do you store and preserve that much sauce? Only 1 lb sausage for all that sauce?? Sounds and looks yummy, and I might be getting a lot of tomatoes from my food co-op.
My wife portions it out & then quick freezes it prior to vacuum packing it for long term freezing. It will keep for a couple of years.
We only use a small amount of homemade Italian sausage for 'seasoning'. We can always cook additional sausage, depending on our meal that day.
I'm envious of your asparagus... Getting a bed prepared is on my bucket list of things to accomplish this year!!!
Does anyone participate in the Bountiful Baskets food co-op? I got 28 lbs of thin, young asparagus for $27! Check it out...bountifulbaskets.com. Register and explore the site. It costs nothing unless you actually sign up for a pickup. It is a national, non-profit program--all done by volunteers. ~pen
Lily, I've just done this once--got a regular basket and also a special offering of asparagus. They had 25# of Roma tomatoes last week, but I knew I wouldn't have time to put them up. LMK how it goes if you participate.
Are the baskets very big? The website doesn't explain too much. It appears that you must 'purchase' the package on Sundays/Mondays only, then pick up Saturdays.
But it doesn't state what sort of size you're looking at for the $15 dollars. Hmm...
beebonnet, you might look for towns near you but in a different county. Look on the state list for that county. Go ahead and register--it costs nothing and you will be able to see the whole site. Also, look each week for your county. Ours is not always listed--in fact I went to a town 20 miles away when I participated.
Lily, the 'regular' basket fills one of those round plastic laundry baskets. I shared one with my neighbor, and there was plenty for both of us--but neither of us has family. A regular basket in our county is $20. You can get organic by paying an additional $10. Regarding terminology, you do not order--you subscribe (one week at a time), and you do not pay, you make a contribution. You must bring a container, because they will keep your basket to reuse.
Our basket contained greens, tomatoes, cuckes, carrots, poblano peppers, bananas, little mandarin oranges and very small apples, blackberries, mushrooms--maybe more that I can't remember. Most of it was good, but the greens (Romaine and spinach) was a little wilted. I think one of the bananas was a plantain (cause it never got ripe), and there was also a zucchini.
Making another big batch of sauce today as we need to start processing our tomatoes & onions. We will be leaving out the sausage on this batch & just can it instead of freezing it... These will be distributed to our neighbors.