Facebook tomato sauce and home made ketchup revisited
Steve came across what looked like a great recipe for a fresh tomato sauce on pasta on Facebook yesterday. I thought this would be great too and wanted to try it. Basically, all I needed were a couple of fresh tomatoes and a box grater. I couldn't remember if I packed my box grater or left it at the house. If I didn't have it I knew I had a single sided grater that would do the same job.
All you had to do was grate the fresh tomato, add olive oil and basil and then toss over pasta. Easy!
I thought I'd like to add some sauteed zucchini and mushrooms to the mix. Salt pepper, onion powder, olive oil.
No box grater so I got this greater out- total failure, it wouldn't even cut the tomato!
Next, try a food mill
This went from bad to worse.
I ended up with tomato juice
So I went to the drawer and found the dullest knife on the planet and hacked the tomatoes up
We don't usually eat at 8:30 pm but due to travelling and a last minute menu , tonight we did.
No homemade pasta tonight, but store pasta was pretty good and the sauce ended up tasting great!
Tomatoes, mushrooms, zucchini, salt, pepper, onion powder, basil and a little Orrington Farms Broth Base chicken stock powder to taste. A nice fresh sauce and it would have been super fast if I hadn't gone through so many kitchen tools! Next time the tomatoes are going in the Vitamix!
I use Orrington Farms Broth Base powder because it has no MSG or high fructose corn syrup and it has a great taste. I buy mine at Walmart, they are 3.00 a jar and last a long time.
No Back to my homemade Ketchup recipe. I took it off the blog because after it staying in my fridge it developed a texture we didn't like. I tried another recipe and while it was great at first , after another day it wasn't so great. My recipes were similar to other ones I've seen and I just wasn't satisfied. The one I used long ago when my kids were small must have been different, I thought I was using the same one.
So my sincere
apologies if anyone has tried it and felt they ended up wasting ingredients.
I still needed and organic and healthier alternative so I tried a commercial brand:
I found this in the organic section and thought why not, I will give it a try.\
This gets 5 stars, it is delicious and the ingredients are pretty good. The flavor is much richer and more complex than regular ketchup and the price is good. we loved it so much. I think I will quit trying to make my own for a while.
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