On my side of the world, Summer is ending and it's time to prepare the tomato preserve for the winter! Here in Italy there is a real tradition for the preparation of tomato preserve, or tomato sauce.
IN smaller towns families usually gather for a few days, usually in a house in the countryside; they use enormous pots and they start cooking tomatoes. Then they put the sauce in the bottles, it's like a proper assembly line: one holds the bottle, one pours the sauce in it, one seals the bottle, one puts it away. Children always have a great time playing around, getting dirty and spending time with the extended family!
It's a wonderful job, but it is pretty hard too. You spend time with your loved ones and you work hard, but you also have great chats, talking about things you never have time to tell. Children have fun giving an helping hand or tasting the sauce and watching the adults working.
Unfortunately all of this cannot happen in our cities. So if you want your own tomato preserve for the winter, you may need your trusted friend Thermomix.
To prepare other preserves for the winter take a look at the Pickled Aubergines, Sweet and Sour Bell Peppers, Apricot Fruit Juice, Peach Fruit Juice, Vegetable Stock Cube recipes.
- 1 Kg Ripe Tomatoes (the best ones are San Marzano or Roma Tomatoes)
- 1 Tsp Salt
- 1 Onion
- 2 or 3 big, fresh Basil Leaves (you may add your favourite herbs)
- 1 Carrot
- 1 Celery stick
- Parsley to sprinkle
- 1 Garlic clove
How to prepare the Tomato Preserve
Wash tomatoes and remove the stalk and eventual black spots.
Put tomatoes in the bowl together with the basil (or other herbs) and salt. Mix. 1 Min. Speed Turbo.
Cook 30 Min. Temp. Varoma Speed 1. Tip the measuring cup sideways.
When the time is over, pour the tomato in perfectly clean, glass jars. Close them hermetically and sterilise in boiling water for at least 30 Min.
Read more about sterilising on wikihow.
You can wrap your bottles/jars in newspapers sheets. In this way you will prevent them from breaking up during the boiling.
My Sicilian aunt told me to wrap the bottles with a blanket after sterilization. In this way the warmth that sterilises will last longer.
Translated from the Italian recipe
Conserva di Pomodoro Bimby