Sorry, this post is actually a day late.
I thought I had posted it yesterday, but there must have been a hiccup.
It was still in my draft folder this morning.
Pizza sauce needs tomato paste… I don’t stock my pantry with tomato paste… BUT… I do have tomato powder… AND it’s time to open it up and use it because I need to make pizza sauce.
On a trip to CA in October, I purchased a can of tomato powder from the Honeyville store in Rancho Cucamonga. The #10 can of tomato powder weighed 3.25 lbs, cost $22.39. They do need to QA their label because it has two directions for making tomato sauce with the powder. I think the directions using less water is actually meant for making tomato paste.
After opening the #10 can I wanted to put the contents into mason jars that could be vacuum sealed to give it a longer shelf life. The powder in the can filled two quart jars, one pint jar with just enough left over to put into a half-pint jar. The smaller half-pint jar I will keep on the counter for daily use. I’ll also use a white plastic cap instead of vacuum sealing it.
On the lid of the three jars that I vacuum sealed, I wrote the following information:
If you can’t read it in the picture, here is what I wrote: Honeyville, Tomato Powder Opened 01/26/12, 5 – 10 years. This is all the information I need to know about the product. I’m thinking I should also write the lot number from the bottom of the can on the lids too so I can further identify them.
If you think that’s a lot of information to write on the lid, especially if I’m going to be reusing them… I have a trick I learned from PrepperA on Katzcradul channel on how to remove permanent marker from lids. I use this trick every time I need to remove permanent marker from metal, glass, plastic, ziploc bags… I haven’t found a time when this neat little Expo pen trick didn’t work.
Back to the tomato powder… I used it last night to make pizza sauce. I used my favorite pizza sauce recipe, but instead of using canned diced tomatoes and tomato paste. I used canned tomato sauce and three tablespoons of tomato powder. It worked perfectly! The tomato powder made the sauce very nice, thick and rich. This is something I will be definitely adding to my food storage.
Now I’m off to go can the London Broil that I got on sale?? at Smart & Final yesterday. The reason I question the “sale” price is because I remember when I could get London Broil for $1.79/lb on “sale”. I haven’t seen it anywhere near that price in the past six months. I bought four packages at $2.99/lb, and that was considered a sale. I guess we all need to start changing what we consider sale prices. 😦
After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven.
And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying,
“Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.”
Revelation 4:1 (NKJV)