Ene's Recipe Book

Tomato Sauce

Mum's homemade tomato sauce.

Tomato Sauce




2 litres


  • 3 kg
    Tomatoes, firm, ripe, roughly chopped. You can use over ripe ones but it will take a lot longer to cook.
  • 2
    Onions, medium size. Peeled and roughly chopped.
  • 5
    Apples, medium, unpeeled, cored & chopped
  • 1¾ cups
    White Vinegar
  • 2 tbsp
  • 750 g
  • ½ tsp
  • ¼ cup
    Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp
    Ground Cloves
  • 1 tsp
    Ground Allspice
  • 1 tsp
    Ground Ginger
  • Lemon Rind, Thinly peeled from 1 lemon.


  1. Put the tomatoes, onions and apples into a large pot.
  2. Cover and bring to the boil.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer for ½ hour until the apples are squishy.
  4. Let cool for a short time and the push mix through a sieve or mouli.
  5. Return to pot and add all remaining ingredients.
  6. Stir over until the sugar melts.
  7. Boil gently for 1 ½ hours until the sauce reduces and thickens. Leave longer if the tomatoes were very ripe.
  8. Remove lemon rind, pour into sterilized bottles and seal.
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