Best homemade Italian Tomato Sauce in clay

Best homemade Italian Tomato Sauce in clay

Tomato season is here! Tomatoes are packed with natural goodness that helps combat cellular damage, retain moisture, and prevent fine lines and wrinkles. For the freshest, most flavorful tomatoes, head to your local farmers' market, where naturally ripened ones can be found. These tomatoes are far tastier and sweeter than the ones typically found in supermarkets.

Tomato sauce prepared in a clay pot offers an exceptional culinary experience. The inherent alkaline properties of Vita Clay help counterbalance the natural acidity in tomatoes, resulting in a subtly sweeter flavor profile. Moreover, the slow and uniform cooking process in clay significantly enriches the sauce's flavors and textures, imparting an authentic and delightful taste to your creation. 

It's important to avoid using metal pots, pressure cookers, or glazed pots when preparing acidic foods like tomatoes, as they may introduce unwanted chemicals such as nickel or heavy metals into your sauce.

Simplify your tomato sauce making with VitaClay's clay pot method:

     

More health benefits of tomatoes

  1. Rich in Antioxidants: Tomatoes are packed with antioxidants, including vitamin C and beta-carotene, which help combat harmful free radicals and protect the body against oxidative stress.

  2. Heart Health Support: The lycopene in tomatoes has been linked to promoting heart health by reducing LDL cholesterol levels and lowering blood pressure, thus reducing the risk of heart disease.

  3. Cancer-Fighting Properties: Lycopene's potent antioxidant properties also play a role in reducing the risk of certain cancers, such as prostate, breast, and lung cancers.

  4. Anti-Inflammatory Effects: The abundance of vitamins and phytonutrients in tomatoes helps reduce inflammation in the body, potentially alleviating symptoms of various inflammatory conditions.

  5. Skin Nourishment: The high vitamin C content in tomatoes promotes collagen production, improving skin elasticity and combating signs of aging. Additionally, applying tomato pulp topically can help soothe sunburns.

  6. Bone Health: Tomatoes contain vitamin K and calcium, essential nutrients for maintaining strong bones and preventing osteoporosis.

  7. Improved Vision: Rich in vitamin A, tomatoes support eye health, reducing the risk of age-related macular degeneration and promoting good vision.

  8. Weight Management: Low in calories and high in fiber, tomatoes can aid in weight management by keeping you full and supporting healthy digestion.

  9. Hydration and Detoxification: With a water content of around 95%, tomatoes contribute to keeping the body well-hydrated. They also contain sulfur, which supports liver detoxification processes.

  10. Mood Booster: Tomatoes contain folic acid, which is important for brain function and may help regulate mood, promoting a positive outlook on life.

Remember to incorporate fresh, ripe tomatoes into your diet regularly to reap these fantastic health benefits and enhance your overall well-being!

Directions to make delicious tomato sauce

Ingredients

  • 10┬áripe tomatoes

  • 2┬átablespoons┬ábutter

  • 2┬átablespoons┬áolive oil

  • 2┬ásmall carrots, chopped

  • 1┬áonion, chopped

  • 1┬ásmall green bell pepper, chopped

  • 4┬ácloves┬ágarlic, minced

  • ┬╝┬ácup┬áBurgundy wine

  • ┬╝┬ácup┬áchopped fresh basil

  • ┬╝┬áteaspoon┬áItalian seasoning

  • 2┬ástalks┬ácelery

  • 1┬ábay leaf

  • 2┬átablespoons┬átomato paste

Directions

  1. Layer a cup of water to your VitaClay #claypot and fill up your tomatoes.
  2. Set the clay pot to cook on the stew setting for 30-50 minutes.
  3. Once the cooking is complete and the pot has cooled, peel or remove the skins from the tomatoes.
  4. Use a food processor to cut the tomatoes into chunks, then add them back to your VitaClay pot.
  5. Heat butter and oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add carrots, onion, bell pepper, and garlic; cook and stir until onion softens, about 5 minutes. Transfer them back to your VitaClay pot. Add wine, basil, and Italian seasoning, celery stalks and bay leaf in the clay pot. 
  6. Set your vita clay pot on the stew setting to cook for 50 minutes.
  7. In the final 15 minutes of cooking, uncover the cooker and let it continue to cook, allowing the excess liquid to evaporate until the desired consistency is achieved.

 


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