1/2 bushel tomatoes (5 gallon bucket I like to mix up the varieties – Hanovers, heirlooms, romas)
3lbs chopped onions
4 sweet peppers
3 hot peppers
1 box garlic - @5-6 cloves
1 handful fresh or Tbsp dried Oregano
1 handful fresh or Tbsp dried Basil
10 small cans or 5 large Tomato paste (more or less depending on how thick you like it)
1/2 cup honey or sugar – depending on how sweet the tomatoes are
1 cup olive oil
¼- cup salt more or less to taste
Get your tomatoes. You can order a box of them from your local farmer, farmer’s market, or pick them from your backyard. It’s OK if your tomatoes aren’t perfect, for this project, so see if you can get a deal on some that aren’t picture perfect. Core, and peel bad spots, and cut tomatoes into pieces. I blend them in small batches in the blender for a few seconds, with the fresh herbs, just until chunky. You can also squish with your hands, foley mill or food process. Don’t overdo it with the blender or food processor – it will be too juicy. I have a K-tec blender that I love and use every single day and it was worth every single penny.
Add to sterilized jars (I sterilize mine in the dishwasher) and water bath 10-15 minutes.