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Lisa’s Quick Tomato Sauce - Leather

My go-to sauce for Spaghetti and Pizza when camping. Dehydrated tomato sauce becomes like a leather. Just re-hydrate with boiling water. The taste is as as good as the original, and you can easily add other veggies or meat (dehydrated separately) to suit your group.

  • 1 cup Olive Oil
  • 2 cans 102 oz Whole Peeled Tomatoes
  • 2 cans 6 oz Tomato Paste
  • 1 can 15 oz Tomato Sauce
  • 12 cups Yellow Onion (about 3 big onions)
  • 8 carrots
  • 8 celery sticks (optional)
  • 36 basil leaves (4 tablespoons dried)
  • 4 teaspoons Thyme
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 4 cups finely chopped Flat Italian Parsley
  • 16 cloves garlic
  • 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

yield: ~ 9 quarts

  • Heat this oil in a heavy pot. Add the onions and carrots and cook covered until veggies are tender (about 25 minutes)
  • Add tomatoes, basil, thyme, salt, cayenne pepper, bay leaves, and garlic. Cook over medium heat stirring occasionally. (about 30 minutes)
  • Remove the bay leaves and transfer to bowl of food processor fitted with a steel blade, or use an immersion blender, and puree.
  • Return the sauce to the pot and set over medium heat, add the parsley and cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Taste and correct seasoning. Add the balsamic vinegar, if the sauce needs more punch. To store, cool to room temp and refrigerate or freeze.

To Dehydrate:

  • Oil leather sheet and place on dehydrator trays
  • Pour 2 cups of blended mixture onto each sheet
  • Dehydrate at 115° 4-6 hours.
Step 1 - Wipe oil on Fruit Roll-Up Sheet
Step 2 - Pour 2 cups of blended mixture onto each fruit leather sheet
Step 3 - Spread mixture with a rubber sptula or spoon
Step 4 - Ready to Dehydrate
Step 5 - Once dry peal off Leather Roll-Up Sheet
Step 6 - Cut up Lisa’s Quick Tomato Sauce Leather
Step 7 - Lisa’s Quick Tomato Sauce Leather ready for trail


Submitted by Madeline (not verified) on
This sounds like a great recipe to try. I'm just wondering, how do you store it and how long would it last for after dehydrating? Thanks.

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