Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Ball Italian Sauce PLUS something extra

This is some pretty good sauce, I will worn you though it has a kick to it. I made it and poured it all over the spaghetti one night not thinking of course. Yea my poor little ones had there mouths wide open and tongues hanging out. Water! Water! I felt horrible, made them something else and continued with dinner. But I do recommend making if you like it with a kick or would like to try something different.

You will need:

8 cups fresh plum tomato purée
2/3 cup finely chopped onion
2/3 cup finely chopped celery
1/2 cup finely chopped carrot
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
4 tbsp bottled lemon juice
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp hot pepper flakes
3 (16 oz) pint glass preserving jars with lids and bands


1.) PREPARE boiling water canner. Heat jars and lids in simmering water until ready for use. Do not boil. Set bands aside.
2.) COMBINE 1 cup of tomato purée, onion, celery, carrot and garlic in a large stainless steel saucepan, Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently. Reduce heat, cover and boil gently until vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. While maintaining a steady boil, add remaining tomato purée, 1 cup at a time, stirring frequently. Stir in lemon juice, salt, black pepper and hot pepper flakes. Increase heat to high and bring to a full rolling boil; boil hard, stirring frequently, until mixture is reduced by one third, about 15 minutes.
3.) LADLE hot sauce into hot jars leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Remove air bubbles and re-measure headspace. If needed, add more sauce to meet recommended headspace. Wipe rim. Center lid on jar. Apply band and adjust until fit is fingertip tight.
4.) PROCESS filled jars in a boiling water canner for 35 minutes, adjusting for altitude. Remove jars and cool. Check lids for seal after 24 hours. Lid should not flex up and down when center is pressed.