(22) Tomato Paste

For the upcoming recipe (Enchilada Stack), I needed enchilada sauce.  And for enchilada sauce, I needed tomato paste.  So, tomato paste I made.

Lesson learned: use Roma or plum tomatoes.  They contain less water than, say, a beefsteak or vine tomato (which is what I used), so the cooking process is faster.  I had to simmer my tomato sauce all.day.long before it thickened to a paste.  Oh, who am I kidding?  I had to put it in the fridge at the end of the day and continue simmering it the next day before it reached consistency.  You are more than welcome to simmer your tomato sauce for days, too, but I’d recommend just using the proper tomato variety.


Tomato Paste

7 pounds meaty tomatoes, such as plum or Roma
1/2 cup celery, chopped
1 cup carrots, chopped
1 cup onions, chopped
2 tablespoons basil, chopped (or 1 tablespoon dried basil)
1/2 teaspoon rosemary, chopped (or 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary)
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
6 whole cloves
8 peppercorns
2 cloves garlic, chopped


Wash tomatoes and remove cores; chop coarsely.


Chop rest of veggies.


Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan.


Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes or until vegetables are soft.


Separate the liquid from the solids using a sieve.


Realize that you are not successfully removing all the liquid, and so employ the help of your husband.  He will proceed to pulverize the solids in the blender, then use the sieve to press the liquid out of the pulp (beer at his side).


Stare discontentedly at the obscenely small amount of liquid produced by all those vegetables.


Return liquid to a clean saucepan and simmer over very low heat for (supposedly) 3 hours, stirring occasionally, until very thick.  Remember: you may have to simmer for much longer than 3 hours.



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