I am the one with a “total inability” to eat commercial that is ‘fake’ tomato sauce, so I gladly opt for any good tomato sauce preserving recipe I can find on the Net. And the one at the link below is one of a kind, take my word for it!
Vine-ripened tomatoes are one of my favorite fruits to preserve in a delicious sauce. There is nothing more ‘creamy and dreamy’ that can bring you back to those hot summer days you have enjoyed than using sweet preserved tomatoes during the winter.
Tomatoes’ sweetness backed by the acidity can be preserved easily in order to complement all of your winter gumbos, broths, boils, pasta, sandwiches, chili meat dishes, baked food, salad dressings… you name it. You can even use them to make fresh salsa and gazpacho that taste just as fresh as summer itself!
Health benefits of preserved tomatoes
Tomatoes are a good source of the vitamins C, A, B6, as well as potassium, niacin, and folate. They are also known to be packed full of lycopene. This carotenoid has been found to help prevent heart disease, and a growing list of cancers including: colorectal, prostate, breast, endometrial, lung and pancreatic cancers.
There are also other benefits which include: lowering cholesterol and drinking or using tomato sauce can actually reduce blood clotting tendencies of the body, and boost the body’s inherent anti-inflammatory power.
Knowing all of these health benefits, it is no wonder that we regularly go to such lengths every fall season to preserve them and use them during the winter. One thing to remember is that organic tomatoes have been shown to have higher vitamin levels and a larger amount of lycopene, especially when picked ripe off their vine.
Here and now, I also encourage you to try to grow your own tomatoes in your own garden or buy them locally from your trusted farmers’ market. Many “organic” tomatoes that you buy at grocery stores have been picked green and shipped across country, or have been shipped from neighboring countries.
And besides all the wonderful health benefits, tomatoes taste amazing. The best thing about preserving our summer harvest of tomatoes is that their freshness and taste can be preserved almost as fresh as they have been in the summer. Once you see how easy it is to preserve this paradise fruit, you will get hooked on it! At least all my friends have…
So, please join me in watching this dear cook Miele Caplan’s video on how to make and preserve your homemade tomato sauce, filmed at a “live kitchen” at the link below:
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