Monday, 1 July 2013

Tomato sauce for the winter (Ντοματάδα για τον χειμώνα)

The first of next winter's tomato sauce is on its way. I expect that this will become a weekly project until September.

I've had the same jar collection for a decade now, replenishing it with new ones that are added to the collection as we go through various preserved food items. When the lids get a little rusty, I throw them away and put the jar aside for recycling, so I never really run out of jars in this way.

My tomato sauce recipe hasn't changed much over the years. These days when I bottle them, I pour 2 tablespoons of olive oil over the top of eachfilled sterlisied jar. Then I seal them with the lid, and place them upside down in a pot with some water in it. The water is allowed to boil for 10 minutes, and when the jars are lifted out, I hear that sizzling sound that you are supposed to hear when food is being preserved in this way. Olive oil is an incredible anti-oxidant, and in this way, I do not lose any sauce over the year.

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