Basil Tomatoes

One of my favorite recipes is for Basil Tomatoes. It’s a very simple stewing process I use as a base for anything that calls for tomatoes. I either can or freeze it for later use in spaghetti, chili, salsa and numerous other recipes.
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Basil Tomatoes
It’s that time of year again, the tomato harvest is here! They are ripening daily, and I find that I have to plan time to keep up with them or they will be wasted.
Wash and quarter tomatoes, place in heavy stock pot. I use about 5 lbs. of tomatoes per batch that I make. Add salt and pepper, or a dash of lemon juice if you wish.
Basil Tomatoes in process
I also add a handful of fresh chopped basil. Using a potato masher, gently crush the tomatoes as they cook over medium heat.
Basil Tomatoes finished
Continue to mash and cook for 2 hours. I do not bother to peel or seed my tomatoes, there are those that will be bothered by their presence. I find that the longer they cook, the less noticeable they are. You can process the entire works in a blender or strain through a food mill after it has cooked if you prefer.
That’s it! Super easy!  When the sauce has cooked down you can can it and process in a boiling water canner for 35-45 minutes depending on the size of the jar, or freeze in quart sized containers for later use.
You will be amazed how wonderful it makes your house smell!
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