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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Home Made Tomato Paste

As my aunt said to me last week "Why would you make tomato paste? It costs like $0.50 a can!" Well. I have an abundance of tomatoes. Cherry tomatoes to be exact. I had made salsa - like 20 pints. I was not attempting to make tomato sauce from cherry tomatoes (we like ours thick). So tomato paste was what was left. And it turned out to be pretty easy.

You need:
tomatoes and lemon juice

Squeeze the tomatoes getting out most of the water and seeds.

Run tomatoes through food processor.

Cook for a bit. I cooked mine for about 45 minutes while I ran around doing other things.

Like my homemade strainer thing? LOL Strain tomato puree through cheesecloth for at least 4 hours (I did mine overnight)

Add 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice to jars.
Add tomato to jars and process for about 30 minutes.


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  2. Great idea, and I like how you used the littlest jars as you only ever need a small amount of it. I want to give this a try sometime. Happy canning!!

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  4. Great idea for the little jars of paste! I also like your homemade strainer thingy. I may have to *borrow* some binder clips from work... ;)


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