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Making Tomato Sauce

Ready to make sauce. I have the Victorio put together, a bowl to catch the sauce and a container to catch the tomato waste

Close up

Another angle. This shows the compost bucket i keep below the VIctorio as it will start dripping and i need somewhere to put the skins and seeds

Sauce filling the bowl and waste is going into the side container

The tomatoes, most are Amish paste but about 10% are various blacks, pinks and other reds

I am running the waste through as the crushed maters still have a lot of juice left in them

Second run through, notice how much less volume (and mass) there is?

the sauce in the bowl is how much i got out of the waste on the second run through and the stuff in the hopper is all that is left on the 3rd run through. 

A lot fewer maters

and the pot is filling up

When I got done, the tomato juice was about 1" from the rim of the pot (5 gallon). I will cook this juice down for at least ten hours and than can it into quart jars processed in a hot water bath for a half hour. I should get 10 quarts from the approx. bushel of tomatoes I processed.

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Comment by Kirsten Madaus on August 19, 2013 at 12:11pm


I really appreciate your step by step photos.  I'm canning crushed tomatoes right now (25 minutes left!) and I think I'd like to have a Victorio because your end product will be so much nicer than my seedy stuff!

I see the peaches in the background--were they next on the processing list?  

I've got a giant pile of basil that's going to be turned into pesto as soon as I get the kitchen cooled down a bit.


Comment by Carrie Seal-Stahl on August 21, 2013 at 4:46am

We plan on picking one of these up this coming weekend. Thanks for sharing the step-by-step photos!

Comment by Jennifer on September 2, 2013 at 9:57am

Lucy: Just curious—do you put cherry and pear tomatoes through, too? Is it worth doing so? Thanks!

Comment by Lucy Goodman on September 2, 2013 at 2:33pm

I don't myself but it would be easier than using large maters that must be cut into pieces

Comment by Jennifer on September 2, 2013 at 3:12pm

Lucy: I'm all for making things easier! I was lucky enough to be gifted a tomato mill a while back, but I only grew cherry tomatoes this summer.


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