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BPA Free Tomato Sauce Never Tasted So Fresh!

Health professionals have united in a stand against one of the most dangerous foods that sits on grocery store shelves. Despite being more expensive and less healthy, the trend of using canned tomatoes is very common. The problem lies in the lining of the can which contains bisphenol-A (BPA), a synthetic estrogen that has been linked to several harmful health ailments like heart disease, diabetes, reproductive issues and obesity. Fredrick Vom Sall, PhD, endocrinologist at the University of Missouri tells us, “You can get 50 mcg of BPA per liter out of a tomato can, and that’s a level that is going to impact people, particularly the young.” So how do you make recipes that call for canned tomatoes? What about all of that delicious, vegetarian-friendly, Italian food?

Don’t be discouraged, I’m going to show you an easy way to make your own tomato sauce with fresh organic ingredients and none of the BPA. If you’re not interested in playing chef, choose prepared tomato products in glass bottles or Tetra Pak boxes which do not need resin linings. Get ready to gather up your garden vegetables and herbs to make a simple yet traditional sauce that can be used in delightful Italian dishes or frozen and saved for a rainy day.

After the Spaniards introduced the tomato to Europe, it is said that the cooks aboard Neapolitan ships created this sauce by combining garlic, onions, tomatoes, and spices. This food item worked nicely at sea because it didn’t spoil easily due to the high acidity and contained no meat product. While tradition teaches using fresh tomatoes, the popular quick fix is to use canned tomatoes, but as we’ve learned, the health risks greatly outweigh the convenience. Here’s how to make your own deliciously fresh organic tomato sauce in the crock pot.

Homemade Organic Tomato Sauce in the Crock Pot

Ingredients:

  • ingredients_onion_basil_garlic_pic4 lbs fresh organic tomatoes
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic
  • ½ large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon oregano (fresh or dried)
  • 1 teaspoon basil (fresh or dried)
  • ¼ cup red wine (optional)
  • 1½ teaspoons sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper

Preparations:

homemade_vegan_tomato_sauce_image1. Carefully wash the tomatoes and place all of the ingredients into the crock pot.

2. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours. Leave the lid on!

3. (Optional) Run the tomato sauce through a strainer to remove the seeds and peels, or run the sauce through a blender or food processor.

4. Pour your finished sauce into glass jars with a little room at the top so it doesn’t break the jar as it expands. Allow the sauce to cool completely before placing in the refrigerator or freezer. (If freezing, use within 1 year for best quality.)

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