Monday, September 10, 2012

Homemade Tomato Sauce with the KitchenAid

Tomatoes are in season and cheap!

Look at these beautiful tomatoes we found at the farmers market!

We got the KitchenAid Food Grinder AttachmentKitchenAid Fruit And Vegetable Strainer and the KitchenAid Food Tray Attachment as a gift for our wedding! They are really incredible!

The fruit and vegetable strainer attaches to the food grinder to make applesauce, tomato sauce, baby food or mash pretty much any fruit or vegetable. The tray attachment is very handy to place all your vegetables on when making sauce.

This sauce is a really simple recipe-Set up all the parts of the KitchenAid, wash your tomatoes, and push them into the strainer, can or store your sauce. The hardest part of this recipe was setting up the KitchenAid, which, I have to admit, was a little daunting. But it is nothing you can't handle!

Tomatoes, lots of tomatoes, preferably roma tomatoes ( I used about 3/4 of a regular plastic grocery bag, mostly romas, and a few other varieties mixed in)
Garlic (no need to peel)
Fresh herbs (I used fresh rosemary and thyme)
Salt and Pepper
Olive Oil

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Pour a generous amount of olive oil on a cookie tray. Remove the little stem on the tomatoes. Cut the tomatoes in half. Place them on cookie tray. Flip them around a few time to make sure they are covered in oil. Add the garlic, fresh herbs. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Cook the tomatoes for about 10-15 minutes, until the tomatoes are soft and start to pop. Once the tomatoes start to break down, turn off the oven and turn on the broiler. Broil under open flame for a few minutes until the tomatoes are lightly charred. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

Setting up the Fruit and Vegetable Strainer
Take the Food grinder out of the box. It should come 5 objects: a metal spring shaft, a white plastic worm corkscrew, a straining cone, a white plastic housing box and a clear plastic cover.

Attach the KitchenAid Fruit and Vegetable Strainer to the food grinder
Remove the cover nut and metal driving plates, cross blade and worm from the box.

Add the shaft to the food grinder. Push it in

Place the worm over the shaft.

Place the straining cone over the whole worm shaft.

Secure the whole device by screwing in the cover nut. Dont twist too tightly-you will strip the screw.

Attach the grinder to the KitchenAid Mixer

Now,  add the grinder device to the stand mixer. Loosen the thumb screw and remove the cover on the stand mixer. Pop on the attachment, moving it back and forward as needed for it to be secure. Tighten the screw again.

Place the straining cover over the straining cone (this will ensure your kitchen doesn't turn into a tomato explosion when you are making the sauce). Last, place the plastic clear splash guard on the top of the straining cover.

Set up your food tray
Add the food tray to the top of the whole device.

Your setup should look something like this:

Place two bowls under the strainer: one will be to collect the tomato puree as it comes out, and the other will be to catch the tomato skins and seeds as they come out.

By this time, the tomatoes should have cooled off enough to touch them. Carefully add the tomatoes to the food tray, making sure not to spill any liquid that collected in the pan.

Once all the tomatoes are on the food tray, turn on the mixer. Turn to speed 1 to start, and then move it up to speed 4.

With the food pusher, gently push the tomatoes down the shaft. The tomato juice should come out of the strainer, with no seeds or skin. It should then fall into the straining cover and drip down into the bowl below it.

You should be left with beautiful fresh tomato sauce.

The skin, seeds and pulp of the tomato should start popping out of the other end (have a smaller bowl there to collect the skin, seeds and pulp and use to make tomato pickle). You can either discard them or use to make something else. I was thinking either sun dried tomatoes, tomato bread or South Indian Tomato Pickle. I opted for the South Indian Tomato pickle!

Place your tomato sauce in a glass jar to refrigerate. Or can immediately using a pressure cooker! Eat this Classico!


  1. From next time won't buy sauce from store. This machine, will buy it. Impressed. :)

  2. It's very watery, next time I may just pull the skin off of a couple myself without putting it through the machine. It was very easy though and impressive.

  3. I used this recently and I was so surprised at how thin my sauce was :(

    1. I found that you have to boil the sauce down for a couple hours to get the consistency you want for the dish you're making, you can also change up the herbs if you're making chili sauce or an Italian sauce

  4. I always let my tomatoes "drip" after I use a food strainer. I just put my strained tomatoes in a colander lined with a tea towel (floor sack towel). It'll thicken up by the end of the day for sure! There's a lot of liquid in tomatoes. The only other option is to cook it down and I frankly can't - I burn it! and burnt tomatoes are nasty.

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  6. this is amazing tool that u attach with KitchenAid Stand Mixer i love to use this tool good shearing

  7. Where can I find the FVSP Fruit/Vegetable strainter, for the Kitchen Aid? I have the grinder attachment already.