Preserved tomatoes: tomato sauce
Recipe Type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Croatian, Mediterranean
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Turn ripe tomatoes into sauce for a taste of summer all through the cold winter to come.
  • 35 oz (approximately 3 kg) fresh tomatoes
  • 3 or 4 bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • lemon juice
  1. Wash tomatoes and peel their skin off (you can cook them for 5 minutes in boiling water, then let them cool, the skin will come off very easily). Cut them into pieces, put in a large pot and mash. Add sugar, salt and bay leaves and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 1 hour. In the end, remove bay leaves.
  2. Prepare your jars: cook them and lids in boiling water for 10 minutes. Take them out, pour hot tomato sauce into them, cover with lids and place back into the large pot with boiling water. Cook for 20-30 minutes. Remove from the pot, let cool. Store in pantry, or once opened in your fridge.
Recipe by Honest Cooking at