Monday, 11 May 2015

How to preserve tomato and pepper puree without refrigeration

With bumper recipes which require a mixture of tomato and pepper as a base such as jollof rice, jollof spaghettistews and sauces, pizza, figuring out how to preserve these perishable goods couldn't be far fetched. Also, with the current state of the already epileptic power supply in the country, learning to store these goods without placing it in the refrigerator or freezer would come in handy. Preserving it this way makes it easier to use when ready and can also store for several days and even weeks with or without refrigeration. 

Directions:::
Step 1: The first step is to puree the tomato and pepper as explained HERE

Step 2: Dehydrate the puree by cooking for some minutes till all the liquid in the pot evaporates leaving the concentrate. 

Step 3: Pour clean cooking oil into the puree and fry for about 10 minutes 


Step 4: Place the fried puree in an airtight container with the oil inclusive making sure the oil covers the puree completely (Let it reach the brim). This prevents any form of mold from growing within.  

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22 comments:

  1. I like it. This is a very clever method for preserving tomato sauce. Will the fact that you fried the puree for 10 minutes alter its flavor? And how do yo re-hydrate the puree when you are ready to use it?

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    1. Hi Mr adela,
      By frying it, you're getting half of the work done therefore the flavor wouldn't be altered. To re-hydrate the puree, simply add stock to it.

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  2. This is a lovely info. Thanks a lot for all you do. I love your blog

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    1. Thanks mrs fab. Glad to have you here.

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  3. Wow like seriously, I love dis will try it. But for how long can it stay

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    1. if de-hydrated well, it could stay for up to 3 days and more.

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  4. Though we never canned them, the trick is to make sure the oil covers your tomato paste completely. Well done Dobby.

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  5. I so much needed this. Thanks gurl, you rock!

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  6. Thanks for the the kitchen tip. I guess one can do this with a pepper and onion sauce as well?

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  7. Anonymous5:39 pm

    I remember this, my dad used to fry pepper for us like this when we went to the boarding house, since there was no pepper in the school food, he'd bring all the way to Ondo from Abuja and the pepper would last for almost 2wks. Memoriess.

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    1. I had a friend like that too

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  8. This is simply wonderful. Yours is the best because of the step by step explanations and the pictures that followed

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  9. Anonymous3:22 pm

    this is fine

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  10. Anonymous4:24 pm

    Hi Dobby,thanks for the kitchen tips. can i use plastic jars for storing the puree or it must be a glass jar like the one in the pic?

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    1. Yes you can use plastic jars also.

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