Homemade tomato paste is an entirely different — and utterly more delicious — beast than the kind you can buy at the supermarket. It takes about a day to make (happily, much of that work is hands off), and in the end, you'll have enough tomato paste to last you through several cooking projects. In my book, homemade is worth the effort, every time.
If you've been eyeing those gorgeous tomatoes at the farmers market and wondering what it might take to transform them into jars of delicious red sauce, wonder no more. Here is everything you need to know to make a moderate-sized batch of tomato sauce for your pantry (or freezer!), from picking the right tomatoes to packing the sauce into jars. Fifteen pounds of fresh tomatoes. One afternoon. Eight pints of sauce. It's go time.