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Tomato Paste

1 kg tomatoes
1 tsp salt
½ tsp sugar
sodium benzoate (optional)

Packaging material:
sterilized glass jars with PVC caps

stainless/enameled kettle
measuring spoons
casserole, stainless
blender (optional)
stovestrainer, stainless
wooden ladle
chopping board

1. Sort and wash ripe, fleshly red tomatoes.
2. Blanch for 30 seconds and immediately dip in cold water. Remove skin and cut into halves (crosswise).
3. Strain the seeds through fine mesh stainless steel strainer.
4. Discard the seeds. Osterize and/or cut the pulp into small pieces.
5. Mix the juice and pulp. Cook the mixture to soften the pulp by boiling for 10-15 minutes with occasional stirring.
6. Strain and measure the puree.
7. Add 1 tsp salt and ½ tsp sugar to every cup of tomato puree.
8. Transfer the strained puree into a casserole and cook over a low flame for 15 minutes.
9. Continue cooking with occasional stirring until a pasty consistency is reached. Add cornstarch previously dissolved in water (if desired).
10. Fill while hot (80oC) in sterilized bottle. Seal.
11. Pasteurize in boiling water bath for 35 minutes.
12. Cool and store.

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