|Posted by Bee & John on October 12, 2011 at 2:20 AM|
Well..... it's heading toward summer here in Australia and there is nothing more prevelant in Australia in summer, than Barbeques! And.... what do you need with your snags? Tomato Sauce!!
There are lots of recipes around and as we visited our favourite winery/organic fruit and veggie place near Gumeracha reciently and they had some FANTASTICLY sweet, little, vine ripened tomatoes at a very reasonable price.....I thought I would do a couple batches of tomato sauce and give a review of them - here goes.
1- TOMATO KETCHUP - Everyday cooking cook book
PROS- This is a fabulous recipe. Easy and delicious with a bit of a kick with the added chillie (totally optional of course)
CONS- you need plums to make this recipe - and that limits your tomato making to after summer. That's great really - make a heap then... but if you need sauce NOW....
2 KETCHUP - Vorwerk iphone/pad App
PROS - This is a fabulous recipe. Easy and doesn't need any plumbs. Very tasty
CONS - The sauce, when following the recipe is THICK, very thick and is more of a paste than the runny stuff we are used to pouring out of bottles.
LESSON - there is a lot of the sauce in the thermomix and the Varoma temperature recommended is great for reducing the liquid, but mine still boiled over even after putting the simmer basket ontop instead of the MC. If you want a runnier sauce, I suggest you either
a) reduce the 40 minutes on Varoma to 20; or
b) (recommended) reduce the temperature to 100oC for the 40 minutes
PROS- this is a DELICIOUS sauce, full of complex flavours - easy to make and has many uses beyond the basic tomato sauce. We used it as a main ingredient as a baste for some slow cooked ribs last night with a little honey and water. THE best ribs I've had in ages!CONS- there are a lot of ingredients and if you don't have them to hand anyway you may find this expensive to buy the bits for. It also has HEAPS of garlic (deliciously so - the sauce is not garlicy at all.LESSON-
PROS- This was EASY. Very easy and wias cheap to make. Nothing special needed, nothing fancy - DELICIOUS! It is quite tart with so much vinegar but would be just the thing for those BBQ'd snagsCONS- None really - apart from being a little tart with the vinegar, but we really loved that and out of a blind test, John chose this over all the others BECAUSE of that very tartness.LESSON: I didn't cut my tomatoes as they were only small, that meant that the bowl was QUITE full (as you can see from the photo). Be careful if that happens, you don't want to block those blades from spinning. If your bowl is full like this, take out a few things, mince the rest and then add the bits you took out.