For a long time, I have been wanting to make my own spaghetti sauce, especially after reading the ingredients and all the info behind the production of my favorite sauce. No modified GMOs for me, thank you.
I have learned to appreciate homemade everything as I have gotten older. Since Italian food is my favorite and spaghetti is something I could eat all the time, I decided to try making my own sauce.
To do so, I am using the Ball HarvestPro Saucemaker. This little contraption was quite easy to assemble and use. I just followed the instructions in the pamphlet and got it all set up.
You need two bowls to catch the sauce and the leftovers.
I decided to boil my tomatoes first so that I could remove the skins. To do this, core the tomatoes and score the bottom then boil the tomato for approximately one minute. Drop it into a bowl of cold water for a minute then you can easily peel the skins.
I used the Ball recipe in their pamphlet and I chose to do the Italian style pasta sauce, although I added in salt, pepper and sugar to taste.
Cut your tomatoes into quarters and load them into the top part of the machine as you see.
Turn it on and let it do the work! Sometimes you have to help a little.
Once I cooked the sauce, once the water cooked out of it, there was half the amount you see here left. I was a little sad that I only wound up with one 12 oz jar of pasta sauce when all was said and done after spending $5.62 on tomatoes. Now I know to use the coarser device to make a thicker/chunkier sauce. Mine had the consistency of watered down tomato soup.
The only issue I encountered in using this sauce maker was that the manual never said which portion was the one you want to keep. I know it isn’t rocket science, but it would have been a little helpful and reassuring.
This is my haul this time around. Trial and error, right? I absolutely love this little machine. It was quiet, easy to assemble and easy to clean. It is also easy to store as it isn’t very big. It’s roughly the size of a toaster.
I can’t wait to cook up my sauce with meat and noodles, but I already did a little taste test and it turned out AMAZING!
*I was given product in exchange for the review. As always, all opinions are my own.
Wendy is a facebook administrator and editor for Modern Day Moms. She is a multi-purpose mom (aren’t we all, really?) who loves home decor, couponing, sewing, photography, Pinterest, frugal living… ok, pretty much all the same things that most women love! She enjoys spending time with her family and friends while living on the gulf coast. Her two Boston Terriers – Oscar and Lily – occasionally make appearances on MDM.