Preserving Summer: Slow Cooker Tomato Sauce
One of the things I look forward to the most in summer is the first bite of a homegrown, Cherokee Purple tomato. And if it just happens to be on a BLT with Petit Jean Meats Hickory Smoked Bacon, it’s even better.
Absolutely nothing beats that, y’all.
While I’m partial to Cherokee Purples, I’m not opposed to other varieties. Our Arkansas Marvels and Travelers have done very well this year. And our little Yellow Pears and San Marzanos have outdone themselves. So what do you do when your kitchen counters are overflowing with these mouthwatering fruits?
I mean there’s only so many you can eat fresh, right?
One way I like to preserve this fresh taste of summer is to make this very versatile tomato sauce. I keep the flavors simple so I can use it in multiple ways. It’s good as it is for a simple pasta, as a pizza sauce, or made into a more loaded bolognese.
While you can make this in a large soup pot on the stovetop, I think the flavor improves when it’s made in the slow cooker. Plus, it’s just so simple to do. I use whatever tomatoes I have on hand, but I do try to include some San Marzanos since they are true paste tomatoes. It’s not absolutely necessary, though. You’ll just have to take more time to reduce the liquid in the sauce.
I don’t peel my tomatoes either. I think there’s tons of flavor in that peeling and you’re going to blend it smooth anyway. Save yourself the trouble. Do core the tomatoes, however.
Once you make your own sauce, I bet you’ll never go back to buying it in the store. It’s just that good.
While I can mine, it can just as easily be frozen if you prefer. This recipe makes 3-4 pints; I can mine in 1/2 pint jars since there are only the 2 of us at home.