A long while back I blogged about my Spaghetti Sauce Recipe. This is a recipe that I make very often and it varies slightly each time depending on what I have to hand, how long I cook it and other things that I feel like experimenting with.
The thing I really love about this recipe is that it tastes great (most times!) and is one of my top frugal recipes. It costs next to nothing and is excellent health wise too!
After I originally blogged about the recipe I had moved to Canada and was working in an Irish Pub in Montreal as a salad/sandwich chef. Part of my job was food prep and one thing I had to do was cut absolutely tons of tomatoes for use in the hundreds of salads and sandwiches that we made each day. The top and the bottom of each tomato was deemed useless so it would be tossed into the trash and that was the end of that (They should have been composting but that is another issue!).
Throwing away all these juicy bits of tomato was getting a little frustrating for me. One day whist chopping I had an idea (it was very mindless so I used to have lots of ideas ). The tomato ends could just be used for spaghetti sauce, instead of using the canned stuff that was purchased.
I went to my boss and proposed the idea. She laughed at me and said it wouldn’t work…. I don’t much like being told my ideas won’t work so I started saving up the tomato ends in buckets for a few days.
When I had enough and on a quiet day I went about making a large vat of pasta sauce just using these tomato ends and no whole tomatoes. I used the industrial blender to blend it to a consistancy similar to the purchased sauce and when my boss arrived in the evening, I presented her the sauce.
She asked… “This was made from all the ends we throw away?“. I proudly proclaimed that it was and from that day on no more canned sauce was purchased and all tomato sauce was made from the tomato ends. It saved the company money and was much more eco-friendly…. Plus the sauce was yummy!
How can you use this idea at home?
A busy commercial kitchen uses far more tomatoes than you do at home so it’s not easy to save so many tomato ends quickly. However a tupperware in the freezer is an ideal solution. Every time you cut tomatoes for any reason just save the ends and throw them in the tupperware. When you have enough for sauce or you are making sauce anyway, add the tomato ends (no need to un-thaw.
It’s not a big money saver but it’s the little things that count, right?
I would love to know what you think of this tip and if you have any similar things that you do?