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Growing Tomatoes: "Making a Tomato Sauce now the harvest is in"

As summer comes to an end, I have now almost harvested all of my tomatoes. There are still a few left in the garden, but in all I have got a great crop which I am very proud of. So now it is time to start thinking what to do with them.

If I left it to my husband, he would eat them all, so I have had to hide a lot of them so that I still have some stock.

For this article I thought I would explain how to make a Tomato sauce for a Pizza or Pasta.

What you will need is:

* 1 Tablespoon of Olive oil
* Some Cloves of garlic (1-3) depends on your taste
* A good hand full of Basil / or a mixture of Oregano, Marjoram and Basil
* 2 Onions
* 2 lbs (1.5kg) your own Plum tomatoes
* Salt and pepper

First of all, heat the olive oil on a low heat in a large heavy bottomed saucepan. I have actually got a large Wok which I know is for cooking Chinese, but it is brilliant as a general use saucepan.

Now add the chopped onions, make sure you stirr so that the onions are coated. Leave them to simmer slowly until translucent.

Add in garlic and turn through the onions. Leave for about 2 minutes.

Add the chopped fresh tomatoes. Stir through to cover with the oil and then leave for about five minutes over a low heat.

When the mixture is simmering add the chopped herbs.

Leave the sauce to simmer over a low heat until the tomatoes fall apart.

Simmer very gently for approximately an hour until the sauce has reduced and thickened. Make sure you stir to prevent it sticking.

Add water if it thickens too much.

After an hour, taste, and add salt and pepper if needed before removing from the heat.

It needs to cook for an hour to intensify the flavours. At this point you can add whatever variations you fancy. You can add it to mince for a Bolognaise sauce or thickening it so it can be used on pizza bases.

This also freezes well. I tend you use those freeze bags from the Supermarket, leave them to cool and then put them in the freezer

If you make a large batch you can make family sized portions or individual portions that you can use at other times which is always a bonus. You can make out when your partner comes home, that you have spent hours preparing these sauces.

After you have made your own Tomato sauce, you will find that you will never use a tin of tomatoes from the supermarket again

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Leslie Pirrie is an expert tomato grower. If you want learn more about how to grow great tomatoes then visit her web site. Download Leslie's popular Free 10 Top Tips for Growing Great tomatoes available at:
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