This morning I went to our local supermarket and bought up a whole load of vegetables to make up my own tomato sauce to be used in different pasta dishes, chili con carne etc etc.
My ingredients came to a total of £3 and made up to the equivalent of 8 jars of sauce which would have cost me £8 and 3 pots of pizza sauce so basically I have saved myself £5. Has it been worth it? Maybe I will use that over a month so I guess that works out at £60 a year and the bonus is I know what is in the sauce and this is what it contains!
4 tins of chopped tomatoes
5 cloves of garlic
2 teaspoons of brown sugar (optional depending on the acidity of the sauce)
1/2 pint of water
1 teaspoon of Italian herbs
Simmer it all down and if you like a smooth sauce or little ones (or big ones) don't like bits of onion, pepper, carrot etc blitz down in a blender or leave chunky. I blitz so my daughter cannot go all picky over the pepper and onion.
I have split is all down into bottles ready to freeze down.
This is the first of my "save money, improve quality in our food" mission