Tomatoes are in season for only a short time, but your passata can last you the entire year if made properly – without adding any preservatives! Best of all you don't need a lot of big and heavy equipment or supplies to produce your own fresh tomato sauce at home.
Best of all, making your own passata is really easy to do. It’s so simple that we’ve written out the method for you. Should you forget halfway through the process, you can just pop back here and pick up from where you left off.
Making Tomato Passata
Before you get to the good stuff, you need to prepare a few things:
- Firstly sterilise all your equipment including the jars or bottles you are planning to fill
- When the jars have cooled and dried, put a couple of basil leaves in each and leave until you’re ready to fill
And now for the fun stuff!
- Start with a good ripe tomato – Roma tomatoes are best
- Cut off any rotten bits
- Put the tomato into a pot and bring to the boil - Leave to simmer until the skin starts to fall away
- Drain the fruit into a clean and sterile container or bucket
- Put the softened tomatoes into the tomato machine and start turning the handle
At this point, it’s best to have a container ready to catch all your fresh pulp (it’s often best to use a pot as it will save on the washing up later on) and another at the rear of the machine to catch all the seeds and skin.
- Keep filling the tomato machine until all the fruit has gone through the machine
- Before you throw the skins away put them back through the machine (you can usually do this 2-3 times before there is nothing left to extract)
Once you have extracted all the juice and pulp, it’s time to put the passata onto the stove and reduce it to the desired consistency.
- Simmer on a low heat - add a sprinkling of salt (to taste) for seasoning
- You can also add other ingredients to your passata at this point, finely chopped garlic, herbs, or whatever you like
- Let the passata cool and then funnel into your jars or bottles
- Put the caps on your bottles / jars and place in a pot of water and bring to a steady simmer
- Allow the bottles and jars to simmer for approximately 20-30 minutes
- Remove the bottles / jars from the pot and leave it to cool
You’re now finished, Buon Apetito!
Before you pack your passata making machine away for another season, why not give it a wash and try making your own seasonal fruit jams and conserves throughout the rest of the year.
If you find yourself without the required machine to make your own sauce and home made jams, you can pick one up at our Sausage HQ or from our online store for as little as $39.50!
When you’re not making sauces or jams, perhaps it’s time for a little freshly pressed fruit juice. This compact little machine can be used to produce a variety of sweet and savoury delicacies, so time to head down to your local farmer’s market or into the back yard and start selecting your favourite fruits and berries.
Have fun and enjoy making your own artisan recipes.