A product that often sits on a shelf in the pantry until opened and then is relegated to a fridge shelf if advised to refrigerate after opening . The humble tomato sauce . Taken for granted yet often used by some .
The tomato sauce I buy is Mon . An old Australian Company . It is gluten free and still comes in glass bottles : 580ml .
Availability is an issue with this product . I live in suburban Melbourne and only selected Woolworths and IGA stock it .
Therefore availability of a product would be appreciated in your responses .
If you make your own please feel free to contribute .
The Tomato sauce you are referring to, Mike, is basically a tomato purée with sugar, vinegar, spices, added. Very easy to make ourselves especially when we need to control the sugar, salt, spices, content.
Start with a thinly sliced onion cooked in a little oil until soft. Then add about 500g
tomato purée. Add sugar, red wine vinegar, salt, pepper, spices, according to your diet requirements and personal taste.
Cook on a very slow flame for about 1 hour, stirring occasionally so that it doesn’t stick to the pan.
If too liquid mix in a little plain flour, or a little potato flour.
Can be strained in a food mill, or puréed in a Blender, and transferred into a glass bottle for easier pouring.
We don’t use that much…a 500mL bottle will last a year or more.
When we do buy, we used to buy the Dick Smith one until it was discontinued/no longer stocked in our local supermarket. Now we try to buy tomato sauces which are product of Australia…but it is becoming more difficult to also get ones made by Australian owned businesses (most are made by the multinationals).
Will have to keep an eye out for Mon …as never knew it existed.
I also use tomato sauce rarely - so would also be interested in (the real) shelf life of tomato sauce… as I have a Dick Smith (virtually full) bottle with a B/before date of November 2017 (which is kept in a pantry).
I also wonder how important/necessary “refrigerate after opening” advice really is: just a ‘cover our backside’ statement or necessary for good health??
I tried to downsize my refrigerator recently, but was beaten by the amount of space needed to store opened containers of assorted pickles, pastes, sauces, mustards etc…
PS I live in SA so IGA (& some Coles/Woolworths) stock Beerenberg products - their tomato sauce I keep in the refrigerator…
I buy Masterfoods low sugar and salt. It tastes as good as anything else and does have fewer carbs, so its all good. Don’t use it much, but when I want it… I want it. Sausages without tom sauce are boring.
Tom sauce not our family thing - I had to check if we had anything. There’s a slightly used bottle of Coles Heston sauce 18 months beyond the best used buy date in the fridge. Seeing it, I recall bought for $3 when they ditched the brand.
What’s the difference with Ketchup? Some brands have both.
EDIT: … on the other side, there’s a slab & half of Mutti chopped tomatoes & a six pack of Mutti puree
I love dead horse, buy anything made in Aus. Never kept it in the fridge until recently, a youngster said you should. With all the sugar, salt, vinegar and whatever that’s in it I doubt it could go off. Sort of a human preservative, maybe that’s why I’m still kicking lol.
What thinks you about plastic versus clear glass bottles?
I sometimes think, that if it has gone mouldy in a plastic bottle, you would never know, so I make a point of only buying glass and examining the surface before I use it.
Glass is non porous, doesn’t absorb odours and germs. Can be washed in very high temperatures and reused many times.
It’s also 100% recyclable
But it can break, and it can be difficult to get the sauce out of it: you tap and tap, nothing comes out until it decides to all come out!
Plastic is lighter and it’s a lot easier to squeeze out the sauce.
But only a small percentage is actually recycled.
To tell if it has gone bad, you can go by smell. A fishy smell is always suspicious especially if the use by date has gone by for a while!
We generally just buy whatever is on special, tho not particularly keen on Heinz Ketchup or the redesigned Woolies one. With Beerenberg you can go to their website, put in the barcode and BB date and find out who made the product, when it was made and where the main ingredients came from. As a side note, we never keep it in the fridge, even after it’s open. We keep all other sauces in the fridge tho.
Depends who you talk too. Heinz themselves say the products are different, with ketchup being thicker. Matt Preston says that Ketchup is thicker and sweeter while sauce is more vinegary. And according to ingredients labels ketchup contain more tomato.