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Tenterfield spicy tomato sauce making

Updated on December 18, 2016

Tenterfield spicy tomato sauce making

Mis en place for making tomato sauce the easy way
Mis en place for making tomato sauce the easy way | Source

Sauce making or in a Jam

22 years ago when I was only 19 I decided jam and sauces were too expensive to buy and the range back then was very restricted to just a few. I tried a few, making jam and making sauce from recipes which FAILED miserably. I was devistated because I had just finished a professional cookery course and was learning to become a chef. I was especially upset with my sauce making effort because I thought tomato sauce making would be easy. Plus the fact that I got Honors and credits all throughout my course. And I'm going like sauce making is not rocket science measure one thing wrong and it blows up HEY.

Cooking sauce is one of the first things I learnt to do and I did it well. Now anyone who knows me knows I am a perfectionist and I love to improve things.

In this hub you are going to learn how to make a sauce not a mess and become great at sauce making using my sauces recipes developed over many years.

Sauce making ingredients

800 grams cherry tomatoes from Tenterfield
700g sugar
.5-1 teaspoon chilli crushed
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup vinegar
1/2 tsp chicken stock
1/2 onion diced

Add a pinch of each of the following ground spices Nutmeg, pepper, cloves, salt, basil & or mixed herbs.

Optional 20 grams of jam setta

Jam collage

Sauce making method

Slice the Tenterfield tomatoes in half or quarters.

Weigh out all the rest of the ingredients into your pot or bread maker.

If using a pot use a sweets thermometer and cook until it reaches soft ball or 110 degrees Celsius. Tis usually takes around half to 3/4 of an hour once the mix has come to the boil.

Let the mix go thick like warm honey but not too thick. Though you can thin it down later as you desire but not while sauce cooking.

If using a jam making machine or bread maker follow the settings for jam making.

After cooking with either method you need to allow the sauce to cool before you place the lid on. This will help to avoid the dreaded mould forming on the surface of the sauce.

Go ahead and bottle your sauce into your desired jar type.

Tenterfield Tomato Peril

Check out what I had to go through to get these tomatoes
Check out what I had to go through to get these tomatoes | Source

Making Jam or sauce HINTS


I have stored this jam / sauce for 18 months, then used it without a problem. Once opened I always put it in the back of the fridge. Even if it partially freezes it will still be good.

If using a bread maker and you want the sauce thicker just set it on for another run.

Once you have made the Tenterfield spicy tomato sauce recipe a couple of times you may wish to change the spices or add more. I do recommend that for the first few times you stick to the recipe just to get the hang of it.

If using the 20 grams of jam setta you need to mix it into the sugar before adding anything wet to avoid it clumping together.


Want a quick but budget universal sauce for chicken or fish rice or beef, pork or lamb, dipping or coating. AND best of all it will save you $15-20 from the local restaurant.

WELL here is the one I use.

Wait for it. It is real simple like.

Grab a frypan. Grab 1.5 cups sugar and .5 cup lemon juice throw the lemon juice and sugar into the frypan heat 10 minutes or so until golden. Take off heat.


Sprinkle a little salt and pepper, ground ginger and 5 spice. Add a dash of sherry and soy sauce.

And you are done. Go and use it the way you want.


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    • ausis profile image

      ausis 6 years ago from Australia

      Am not sure if I actually answered your comment but... Thanks so much davenmidtown for great comments from such a respected writer as yourself. One day I hope to be as good as you. I am looking forward to your next question. Where do you get the time to do all this hub stuff you do?

      Then I suppose I am trying to run 35+ sites make programs & articles etc etc...

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      ausis 6 years ago from Australia

      Thanks guys for the nice comments. Yes you are right you can use any tomato. I just used the ones from Tenterfield hence the reason for the name.

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      SanneL 6 years ago from Sweden

      Great hub and very useful recipe!

      I will bookmark and try this one out the next time I get hold on some Tenterfield tomatoes. However, I guess any cherry tomatoes will do.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great useful recipe, I like that it keeps upto 18 months.

      Love the pics, many thanks for sharing best wishes MM

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      ausis 6 years ago from Australia

      Thanks mate your cool

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      David Stillwell 6 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Awesome hub! I loved the recipes and the humor!

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      ausis 6 years ago from Australia

      I wasn't really in any danger getting these tomatoes. That rock was down the road and up the hill