Tomato Paste

In Minnesota we tend to love tomatoes and we also tend to overplant tomatoes resulting in a huge excess of them. Making tomato paste to can in glass jars for use during the long winter is a perfect solution to save the fruits of your garden and it tastes better than anything you can find in a store. Your recipes will thank you later for your effort in the late summer months.

Tomato Paste

  • 8 qts peeled, cored, chopped tomatoes (about 4 doz. large)
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped sweet red peppers (approx. 3)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 clove garlic, optional
  • Combine tomatoes, peppers, bay leaves and salt. Cook slowly for one hour. Press through a fine sieve. Add garlic, if desired. Continue cooking slowly until thick enough to round up on a spoon, about 2 1/2 hours. Stir frequently to prevent sticking.. Remove garlic. Pour hot into jars, leaving 1/4 inch head space. Adjust caps. Process half-pints 45 minutes in boiling water bath. Makes about 9 half pints.

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