My Nana was a lady who lived on wholesome food. My Granddad had a big vegetable garden and Nana would cook and make all the preserves you could think of from the fresh vegetables in that garden. They were both farmers and living off the land was how they lived. It was a very healthy way to live.
If you don't grow your own vegetables you can buy tomato sauce tomatoes at farmer's markets and vegetable shops in late summer.
Here is Nana's Tomato Sauce recipe.
I've included my modern day twist - with less sugar.
3 kilograms of tomatoes
2 large onions
6 cloves of garlic
Chop the above three ingredients up and cook them together in a large pot until they are well cooked. This will take about 30 minutes. Then blend so these ingredients are quite smooth. A few chunky bits are nice but remember you have to pour it in bottles at the end.
Next, get a muslin bag or something similar that you can put these 3 ingredients in together.
6 whole cloves
6 whole allspice
and a small piece of un-peeled ginger.
Add the muslin bag and its ingredients to the tomato mix.
Then also add:
1 cup of sugar (or my modern day twist of 1/2 a cup of sugar and a pinch of natural stevia)
4 cups of vinegar
2 tablespoons of salt.
Boil everything together for about an hour until the tomato sauce thickens.
You will need to stir it occasionally.
If the mixture doesn't look thick enough you can thicken it with a little cornflour and water.
Then blend again if you think you need too.
Take the full muslin bag out.
And pour into sterilised bottles.
I put mine in bottles I have purchased but you can use any type of old bottles - wine etc.
Recipe kindly supplied by one of our Cosy Toes customers - Thank you Bev Scott. Yummy!