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Old 09-01-2008, 12:03 AM   #1
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I'm apparently not used to canned products anymore...

I made some Eggplant Parmesan using Hunt's Traditional sauce - my all-time favorite. It's been a looooooooooooooong time though since I've used already made spaghetti sauce. My eyes are already swollen from the sodium content I can make marinara using canned whole tomatoes and I don't react like this. I don't have a can close by to compare the sodium content though.

I'm going to have to make some homemade canned/jarred tomato sauce - ASAP!!! Anyone want to come over and teach me how?

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Old 09-01-2008, 12:10 AM   #2
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elfie, i'll be there in a second with a load of jersey tomatoes.

are you thinking of water bath canning, or steam/pressure canning?
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Old 09-01-2008, 12:22 AM   #3
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Water bath canning I guess though I think my pressure cooker will can too - it has that ring that sits on the bottom. I'll have to find my manual
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Old 09-01-2008, 12:27 AM   #4
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water bath canning sauce is pretty easy. the trick is getting the head room right. i also add a squeeze of lemon on the very top, just before putting on the lids to increase the surface's acidity.

also, remember that you can't add any meat if you want to use this method. you have to pressure can if you add meat or animal fat to the sauce.
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Old 09-01-2008, 12:31 AM   #5
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I don't mind not adding meat - I just want some canned tomatoes to then make anything. So...are you going to provide a recipe of some sort? The lemon on top would be wonderful IMHO.

When I say recipe I mean detailed instructions and maybe you on the phone while I'm doing this! I AM going to do this - my eyes are so puffy!!!

OR, you could find Barb and James just follow them down - They're closer to you than me right now! And as you pass Vera's place pick up some of that peach pie please!
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Old 09-01-2008, 12:43 AM   #6
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when are you doing this? now?

it's almost 1am, woman. and froggy eyes need their beauty sleep.

j/k. i'm tied up tonight until 4-ish (have to do routine maintenance on a control room in a few minutes) and all day monday with contractors, but i could call you sometime on tuesday. lemme know.

oh, yeah, gotta pm barbara.
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I am most definitely NOT doing this now. LMAO on the "froggy eyes"!!!! I look like a big fat toad!!!

I need to get my tomatoes first - Farmer's Market is on Wednesday...I will PM you way ahead of time...thanks! What else do I need besides tomatoes?

I'm off to bed pretty soon - froggy eyes do need some beauty sleep but I think the 6 hours I'm going to get won't help at all!
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Old 09-01-2008, 12:52 AM   #8
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ok, so, how basic are we talking? a thin, pure tomato sauce like hunt's? or something chunkier, like garden style?

the thinner sauce is just tomatoes, evoo, and herbs, and a little sugar.

garden style has onions, green bell peppers, mushrooms, and zucchini, and whatever else you fancy in it.
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The thinner sauce for sure...more marinara-ish..with some tomato chunks in there too...and maybe some garlic? Then when I cook it I can thicken it up if need be.
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do you think canned tom. have less sodiumn than an already prepared sauce ?
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