Real Tomato Sauce


When we grow tomatoes over Summer, this is what the kids request I make – real tomato sauce. I’ve adapted this recipe from Sally Cameron’s Grow It Cook It and it’s easy to make a double batch if you have more tomatoes. I don’t water bath these, but the bottles are sterilised before use and the sauce stored in the fridge or freezer.


2kg of ripe tomatoes, roughly chopped (you can freeze fresh tomatoes until you have 2kg if you’re picking smaller amounts and want to stock up to do a batch cook up)
1 large onion, peeled and chopped
3 medium apples, chopped (I use Granny Smith)
1 cup of white vinegar
1 Tbs of salt
500g of brown sugar
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp of smoked paprika
juice of 1 – 2 lemons
1/2 tsp of ground cloves
1 tsp of ground allspice
2cm piece of fresh ginger, grated (or 1/2 tsp dried ginger)


In a large saucepan or pot place the tomatoes, onions and apples and bring to the boil.

Simmer for around 25-30min.

Allow to cool slightly before either processing with a food mill, pushing through a sieve, or processing in a high spend blender and return the mix to the pan.

Add all of the remaining ingredients, stirring through the sugar, and bring the sauce back up to boil.

Simmer for approx 45min – 1hr until the sauce has thickened and pour the sauce into sterilised jars or bottled while still hot and seal. Allow to cool then store in the fridge until needed.

Makes around 1lt of sauce.

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