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Offline petef

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How to drain water from garden fresh liquefied tomatoes
« on: August 14, 2011, 12:45:17 PM »
Did you ever process your garden fresh tomatoes using a food mill and place the liquefied tomatoes in glass container, then after an hour or so notice that all the tomato rises to the top and about 25% clear water remains on the bottom? Then wonder, how can I drain off all that clear water?

I finally discovered how to drain that water and not lose any tomato. Store the liquefied tomato in a bottle with a screw cap (see pic below) with the bottle upside down. Allow an hour or so for the tomato to rise to the top. Holding the bottle over your sink, carefully unscrew the lid just enough until you see clear water draining out. You will be surprised that not much water drains out until you tilt the bottle a bit to allow air bubbles into the bottle which then allows the water to drain. Drain the water until tomato begins to come out. Then set the inverted bottle back down and allow another 30 to 60 minutes for more clear water to settle to the bottom and repeat the draining process.

With all that water drained out, you won't have to cook the sauce as long to get it to the desired consistency.

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Re: How to drain water from garden fresh liquefied tomatoes
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2011, 02:31:55 PM »
Cool trick!  Can you post a picture of what the sauce looks like after the water has been drained off?  Do you cook the sauce, then freeze?

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Re: How to drain water from garden fresh liquefied tomatoes
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2011, 03:25:13 PM »
Cool trick!  Can you post a picture of what the sauce looks like after the water has been drained off?  Do you cook the sauce, then freeze?

Thanks,
Chau

No real need for a pic, the bottle of liquefied tomatoes simply has no more clear water at the bottom after it's drained.

As for cooking the sauce, yes, I cook the sauce and then freeze it.

Title: Pizza Sauce from Liquid Tomatoes by pete
 Categories: pizza
      Yield: 12 ounces

      24 ounces     Liquid Tomato (from Garden fresh tomatoes)
       1 teaspoons  Balsamic Vinegar (Bellino)
       1 teaspoons  White Vinegar (Heinz)
       1 teaspoons  Red Cooking Wine (Holland House)
       2 teaspoons  Honey
     1/2 teaspoons  Salt
     1/4 teaspoon   Basil
    1/16 teaspoons  Red Hot Pepper, fine ground

1.) First cook down the sauce to desired consistancy over low heat.

2.) Add salt and taste just to get a baseline taste.

3.) Add all the vinegar and taste.

4.) Add the honey 1 tsp at a time and taste. You may desire to add
more honey or less to suit your own tastes.

5.) Add the Basil and red hot pepper. Stir, and allow to cool.

Note: Everyone has their own preferences for acidity & sweetness
so feel free to add more or less vinegar or honey to suit your
own tastes. I have found that making the sauce a bit more acidic
than what your taste buds tell you is perfect results in the
best taste for the final cooked pizza.

-enjoy-

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Re: How to drain water from garden fresh liquefied tomatoes
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2011, 04:17:02 PM »
Great, thanks Pete.

Chau

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Re: How to drain water from garden fresh liquefied tomatoes
« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2011, 06:09:28 PM »
Does the bottle have to taper or can it be the same top to bottom?

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Re: How to drain water from garden fresh liquefied tomatoes
« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2011, 06:52:44 PM »
Does the bottle have to taper or can it be the same top to bottom?

Taper is not required. In fact, straight sides might work better to allow the tomato portion to rise. Straight sizes would also mean a larger lid and that might make it harder to control rate of draining.

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Re: How to drain water from garden fresh liquefied tomatoes
« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2011, 07:05:31 PM »
Excellent idea Pete, thank you!  (and thanks for the recipe too)   :chef:
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Re: How to drain water from garden fresh liquefied tomatoes
« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2011, 10:42:20 PM »
Thanks Pete.  I love seeing the vinegar (2 types no less) in the recipe. It must make for a nice bite to the sauce.
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Re: How to drain water from garden fresh liquefied tomatoes
« Reply #8 on: August 15, 2011, 02:36:08 AM »
Thanks Pete.  I love seeing the vinegar (2 types no less) in the recipe. It must make for a nice bite to the sauce.

I live in NJ and the pizza here is what I like. A balance of Vinegar and sweetener is the key to obtaining the taste of the pizza sauce from most NJ pizzerias. It's the kind of taste that makes you crave a coke with your slice of pizza. Being a bit on the acidic side, you crave something sweet to balance it. It's probably by design in order to sell more sweet drinks. Whatever the reason, that's what I've come accustomed to and like best.

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Re: How to drain water from garden fresh liquefied tomatoes
« Reply #9 on: August 15, 2011, 10:24:18 AM »
Try making rice with the tomato water you drain off. It's awesome.

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Re: How to drain water from garden fresh liquefied tomatoes
« Reply #10 on: August 15, 2011, 02:48:03 PM »
You can also buy big measuring cups that drain from the bottom.  They are used to drain water from under oil.

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Re: How to drain water from garden fresh liquefied tomatoes
« Reply #11 on: August 16, 2011, 03:57:03 AM »
You can also buy big measuring cups that drain from the bottom.  They are used to drain water from under oil.


Are you talking about Grease Separators?
http://www.amazon.com/Amco-Swing-Release-Grease-Separator/dp/B0019EPMW2/?tag=pizzamaking-20

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Re: How to drain water from garden fresh liquefied tomatoes
« Reply #12 on: August 16, 2011, 07:59:58 AM »
That is exactly what I am talking about.

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Re: How to drain water from garden fresh liquefied tomatoes
« Reply #13 on: August 19, 2011, 05:28:54 PM »
Try making rice with the tomato water you drain off. It's awesome.


For a few other uses for tomato water, see the recent New York Times article at http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/24/dining/tomato-water-charms-once-again.html.

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Re: How to drain water from garden fresh liquefied tomatoes
« Reply #14 on: August 19, 2011, 08:28:28 PM »
Try making rice with the tomato water you drain off. It's awesome.

CL
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Re: How to drain water from garden fresh liquefied tomatoes
« Reply #15 on: August 28, 2011, 06:56:20 PM »
Check out this picture from a book posted about in the Book Reviews Section of the forum:

http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2011/03/09/dining/20110309-MODERNIST-19.html

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Re: How to drain water from garden fresh liquefied tomatoes
« Reply #16 on: August 31, 2011, 10:25:24 PM »
Check out this picture from a book posted about in the Book Reviews Section of the forum:

http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2011/03/09/dining/20110309-MODERNIST-19.html


Gene, this should be a snap for you to build...

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