Basic Tomato-Basil Sauce

Recipe by Sharon123
READY IN: 2hrs 55mins
YIELD: 6 pints




  • Wash tomatoes.
  • Dip each tomato in boiling water 30 to 60 seconds or until skins split.
  • Plunge immediately into ice water; core, peel, and quarter tomatoes.
  • Place 4 cups of tomatoes in a large stockpot; crush tomatoes.
  • Quickly bring to a boil over high heat, stirring vigorously; gradually add remaining quartered tomatoes, stirring constantly.
  • Reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, 2 hours.
  • Remove from heat; stir in basil.
  • Add 1 tbls.
  • lemon juice and 1/2 tsp.
  • salt to each pint jar.
  • Immediately pack hot tomatoes into hot jars, filling to 1/2 inch from top.
  • Carefully run a nonmetallic spatula around inside of jars to remove air bubbles; wipe jar rims.
  • Cover at once with metal lids, and screw on bands.
  • Process in boiling-water bath 35 minutes.
  • Yield: 6 pints.