Thursday, May 29, 2014

Tomato Paste

Our tomato plants, which until recently have been neglected, have started producing like crazy. Last week I picked about 6 lbs of tomatoes from our various plants. On Saturday I picked another pound and began the process of making my first every batch of tomato paste.

I roasted them  in the oven for about an hour. Then I pulled them out and lightly pureed with my immersion blender, and then began the tedious job of pressing them through a sieve to separate out the peels and seeds.

Yeah. I really need a food mill. This part SUCKED.

Then I spent a gajillion hours reducing my paste. Until eventually it was Sunday morning and I had about 16 ounces of tomato paste to can up.

That is right folks... 5 lbs of tomatoes + hours of work = 16 ounces of paste.
I have FOUR of these 4 ounce beauties now...

But, it was worth it. And I was only 2 hours late for a party.


  1. It doesn't really sound worth it... but I don't use tomato paste, so maybe I'm biased.

  2. Sometimes it is just nice to be able to feel good about what you did and say you did it! Good job!

  3. It is kind of worth it because I know my jars are BPA free and I know where the tomatoes came from... Maybe worth it isn't the right word, but there is definitely a feeling of deep satisfaction! :)


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