Fresh Tomato Base

14 Reviews
90% would make this recipe again

Tomato purée, nothing else!

In late summer, when there is an abundance of sun-ripened tomatoes, I like to prepare a large supply of my "tomato base" that I keep handy in the freezer. It is used in any recipe where canned or diced tomatoes are required.

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35 tomatoes, Roma type 2.5 kg
1/3 cup water 85 mL
1/2 tbsp salt 7 g

Before you start

A food mill will be very useful to purée the tomatoes as well as removing the skin and seeds.


  1. Wash the tomatoes briefly, cut them in half and put them in a pot. Add the water and salt, cover, and cook for about 10-15 min until the tomatoes are softened.
  2. Pass the tomatoes through a food mill. Discard the skin and seeds, then put the purée back into the pot that was used to cook the tomatoes. Bring to a boil, then simmer over medium-low heat, uncovered, for about 1,5-2 h, until the volume has reduced to about one third of the original volume and the purée has reached the consistency of a sauce.
  3. Let the purée cool down 30 min, then transfer it to small containers. Chill in the refrigerator then freeze.


The purée can be stored up to 1 week in the refrigerator and up to 4 months in the freezer.

Nutrition Facts Table

per 1 serving (290 g)


% Daily Value




1 g

0 %

Saturated 0.1 g
+ Trans 0 g

0 %


0 mg


350 mg

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11 g

0 %


3 g

0 %


7 g

Net Carbs

8 g


2 g

Vitamin A

1 %

Vitamin C

1 %


0 %


0 %


This recipe is :
Low  :
Calories, Sodium
Free  :
Added Sugar, Cholesterol, Fat, Saturated Fat, Trans Fat


1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to :
Food Group Exchanges
Vegetables 0

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october 20, 2021

Very easy to make. Great finished product. Downside is the above recipe yields only a small amount of finished product for every 2.5 kg of tomatoes. Quite time consuming and almost the same price as buying the product ready made. The advantage of course is it's only tomatoes in the base with no additives. If you are looking at making dozens of jars, reserve several days of kitchen time.

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