Posts Tagged ‘Tomato’

Loaded Vegetable Marinara Sauce

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What to do with those tomatoes? Luckily there are tons of options! Salsa, tomato soup, just bottled tomatoes, and today we will tell you how to make your own delicious marinara sauce. This recipe is great because you can adjust it to what veggies you have ripe from your garden, or even to the veggies you like in marinara sauce. It takes quite a bit of tomatoes but not so much that you wont have enough to get this recipe made.

I was taught this recipe by my wonderful sister in law. Thanks, sis!

15 cups of prepared peeled and seeded fresh ripe tomatoes

3 yellow onions, peeled and roughly chopped

3 large green peppers, roughly chopped

1 pound of mushrooms with steams

2 cups of shredded Zucchini or squash of your choice

4 stalks of Celery, roughly chopped

2 cups of shredded Carrots

5-6 cloves of garlic (about 2 Tablespoons)

2 teaspoons of dried oregano

2 teaspoons of dried Basil

2 teaspoons of dried Marjoram

2 Beef bullion cubes

1/2 cup of vinegar (white or red wine)

salt and pepper to taste

3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil

In a large stock pot, heat olive oil. Saute chopped Green Pepper, Onion, Celery and 1 tsp of salt until transparent. Add Garlic and cook for 1 minute more. Mix in Tomatoes, Squash, Carrots, Mushrooms, Vinegar, Beef Bullion and Salt and Pepper. (I start with 1 Tablespoon of Salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper.)

Cook for 4-6 hours on low heat, stirring occasionally. (I usually put in in the crock pot at this point and cook for 8 hours on low.) When the sauce has cooked, taste test it to see if you want more seasoning or salt and pepper. Once the sauce is to your liking, puree it until smooth, then cook it for 1 more hour. If you like it more chunky, then you could puree only part of it leaving some chunks. The longer it cooks down, the thicker it will get and the more store like consistency it will have.

Then follow bottling, or freezing instructions. This usually will yield about 3- 3 1/2 quarts.

Happy Gardening!

How To Grow Vegetables To Save You Money

Tomato, vegetable garden, how to save money growing your own food, best crops to plant to save money, I don’t know about you, but it seems like most people have thought allot about ways they can save money the past few years. More and more people have turned to growing their own food as one way to do that. That is a great idea, however, if that is your primary purpose of growing a garden, then you might want to consider that not all plants are going to produce equally for the amount of work, time and water involved. So to save you the trouble of figuring out which ones will give you the most bang for your buck here are a few ideas for you.

  1. What is the #1 home grown crop in America? That’s right: Tomatoes. These not only produce extremely well for planting just one crop, but pay off in taste too. You can make many expensive products at home from growing your own tomatoes too, like salsa, tomato/spaghetti sauce, and tomato soup. In my opinion, every home should have a tomato plant or two.
  2. Squash. Particularly winter squash. They are easy to grow as long as they have sufficient water and room to sprawl. They produce very well, but the thing that puts them over the top is that it is so easy to store the produce for later use! After they ripen, simply wash the outside of them with a little chlorine water to kill any bacteria growing, and put them in a cool room and store for later use. You can easily grow enough winter squash for your family for the winter by just growing one or two plants!
  3. Lettuce is such a great crop to grow and you can use the leaves so soon after they are planted, that it is a must in my garden. Not only do home grown salads taste so much better, it is so much cheaper than constantly buying the expensive bags and boxes of lettuce. Makes dinner easy too- just run out to the garden and pick some lettuce to make a great salad as a side or main dish for dinner. Love it!
  4. Root veggies like beets, radishes, and carrots take up very little space and can be grown quickly for a quick harvest. Buying beets in particular can get expensive from the store, so growing your own can be a great place to save money.
  5. Beans, pole or bush produce very well for the space they take up in the garden and are very easy to grow. They too can get expensive to purchase at the grocery store.

These are just some of the crops that can save you money by growing them in your garden. I hope this has given you some ideas for your garden, and that you will be able to plant a cash crop for yourself next year!

If you have any ideas of great money saving plants, please comment and let us know.

Happy Gardening!!