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Homemade Tomato Puree

on September 23, 2013

Between my grandma’s, my father-in-law’s, and my own tomato plants, we had a lot of tomatoes to use!  I decided to make tomato puree for homemade chili.  Josh is going to perfect his recipe this Fall and hopefully we can share it with you!  Anyway, this is how I made the puree…

Step 1:

Cut out the stem and cut an "X" in the bottom.

Cut out the stems and cut an “X” in the bottom of each.

Step 2:

Boil them in a pot of water for a minute or two until you see the skins start to peel away.

Boil them in a pot of water for a minute or two until you see the skins start to peel away.

Step 3:

Use a slotted spoon to move them from the pot to a bowl of ice water.

Use a slotted spoon to move them from the pot to a bowl of ice water.

Step 4:

After a minute or two, peel the skins off.  They come off really easily!

After a minute or two, peel the skins off. They come off really easily!  Have your kid cook help!

Step 5:

Cut them in half or quarters (depending on size) and use your thumbs to squish out the seeds.

Cut them in half or quarters (depending on size) and use your thumbs to squish out the seeds.  This is a messy job, but definitely one a kid cook would enjoy!

Step 6:

Discard the seeds and place the "meat" of the tomatoes back in the emptied pot.

Discard the seeds and place the “meat” of the tomatoes back in the emptied pot.

Step 7:

Smash the tomatoes with a potato masher (or a fork if you don't have one).

Smash the tomatoes with a potato masher (or a fork if you don’t have one).  A kid cook could definitely help here, too!

Step 8:

Use an immersion blender to blend it into the consistency you want.  If you don't have one, use a food processor, or you can just continue to smash with a potato masher or even a trusty old fork!

Use an immersion blender to blend it into the consistency you want. If you don’t have one, use a food processor, or you can just continue to smash with a potato masher or even a trusty old fork!

Step 9:

Store it in the fridge until ready to use.  PLEASE NOTE: this does not meet canning requirements.  I don't know about all that... maybe some day!

Store it in the fridge until ready to use.
PLEASE NOTE: this does not meet canning requirements. I don’t know about all that… maybe some day!

Step 10:

Use in your favorite tomato recipe, such as chili!

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2 responses to “Homemade Tomato Puree

  1. chelseyp says:

    Great and easy to follow post. I’ve made homemade pasta sauce before but I never thought to cut the stem out first or do the X thing. It seems like your way would one less step later (trying to de steam a mushy tomato is a pain!). Thanks for the tip! I do a lot of cooking on my blog and I will defiantly pin you back when I use this technique! 🙂

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