By in Food

Batch Cooking

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

2 onions

4 carrots

2 peppers

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 emoticon :smile:

You will need an account to comment - feel free to register or login.


UK_Writer wrote on February 9, 2015, 7:23 AM

I've never known what people see in those jars... OK, have one in the cupboard for quick emergencies, but after the first few jars surely people realise they could easily knock it up themselves.

lucyluuk wrote on February 9, 2015, 7:25 AM

I am changing my ways emoticon :smile: I just hope it turns out ok, it smells ok I will let you know as we are having spaghetti tonight and I am going to use some

Koalemos wrote on February 9, 2015, 9:14 AM

The savings are not as beneficial as the knowledge that the ingredients are good.

Hollyhocks100 wrote on February 9, 2015, 9:25 AM

Good for you I can never understand people who buy tomato based, sauces for spaghetti and chili meals. Too much salt and additives for my liking.

lucyluuk wrote on February 9, 2015, 9:30 AM

I had never really thought about that side of it until I started to try and lose weight and started looking into the subtle sugar content in things

wolfgirl569 wrote on February 9, 2015, 9:32 AM

That is great, I hate the time it takes to cook tomatoes down but plan on trying to do some this summer

lucyluuk wrote on February 9, 2015, 9:41 AM

I used chopped tinned tomatoes as it worked out cheaper the prep of all the veg took a while but I sat and chopped them all up in front of the TV this morning as I caught up with a TV show I had recorded emoticon :smile:

LindaCPearson wrote on February 9, 2015, 9:47 AM

Sounds delicious and also very healthy! Nothing better than a homemade sauce to load on top of some pasta - my favorite food!

wolfgirl569 wrote on February 9, 2015, 1:47 PM

I will be growing my own this summer so even cheaper, but yes those would cook faster

trufflehunter wrote on February 10, 2015, 1:16 AM

Nice work on the blitzing. I would add the brown sugar.

scheng1 wrote on February 10, 2015, 8:40 AM

This is a neat idea. I often buy sauce to save on cooking time.

luisga814 wrote on February 11, 2015, 1:14 AM

Is this is your own recipe? actually i love cooking but cooking does not love me.

lucyluuk wrote on February 11, 2015, 4:31 PM

I was the same I used to buy it as a time saver but now I have half a dozen bottles in the freezer!

lucyluuk wrote on February 11, 2015, 4:32 PM

This is what I used, I looked at a few different ones and tweaked them to what I have in the home and what I like

scheng1 wrote on February 20, 2015, 9:20 AM

It definitely is worthwhile. If you learn to make all types of sauces, you will save even more money.