Tomato Sauce From Fresh Tomatoes
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Most examples of Sauce Tomatoes are small plum-shaped, pear-shaped or cylindrical-shaped Tomatoes. They also have a more solid, meaty, low-moisture interior than Slicing-Type Tomatoes. They are in general not very juicy and have few seeds. Most are Hybrid Tomatoes bred for yield, co-incident fruit bearing and rapid maturation.


The availability will vary.


Tomato varieties are listed on the Smart Kitchen resource page. Follow the "Tomato" link.


The best Sauce Tomatoes to purchase are those that have rich, vibrant hues: deep reds, luminous oranges, lustrous yellows, and dark purples are all good choices. No matter the color, the Sauce Type Tomatoes you purchase should be well shaped, smooth skinned and without wrinkles, cracks, bruises, or soft spots. A puffy appearance is not desirable either, as it often signifies a subpar flavor.

When a Sauce Tomato is ripe it will yield to slight pressure and will have a slightly sweet fragrance.


Optimally, store Sauce Type Tomatoes at room temperature and away from direct light. The refrigerator is not the best place for Sauce Type Tomatoes which are sensitive to cold. Refrigeration slows the ripening process and degrades the flavor of a good Sauce Type Tomato.

If you need to quicken the ripening process, put them in a paper bag with an apple or banana. The Ethylene gas given off by the other fruit will increase the Sauce Type Tomatoes ripening process. If you want to retard the ripening process, or extend the useful life of your purchased Sauce Type Tomatoes, put them into the refrigerator. Let them Temper, to ambient room temperature, for at least 30 minutes before use to achieve the best results.

Depending on their ripeness when purchased, Sauce Type Tomatoes can last a week or more in the kitchen. Ripe Sauce Type Tomatoes should be used within a day or two for the best tasting dishes and the maximum absorption of vitamins from the fruit.

Sauce Type Tomatoes will freeze well and can be stored frozen for 8-12 months.

Culinary Uses

Sauce Type Tomatoes primarily mean a Roma type Tomato that are grown with the express purpose of being processed, either as Tomato Sauce, Tomato Paste or Tomato Juice. They are also the primary type of Tomatoes used for canning and cooking.

Portion Size

Allow 1-3 oz of Sauce Type Tomatoes per person.


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Slicing Type Tomatoes

Nutritional Value USDA
Amount Per 100g
Calories 18
%Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g
Saturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 5mg
Potassium 237mg
Total Carbohydrate 3g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 2g
Protein 0g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Sauce Type Tomatoes, while low in calories and fats, are a good source of dietary fiber, minerals, anti-oxidants, phyto-chemicals and vitamins. Sauce Type Tomatoes have been shown to be helpful in protecting against some forms of cancer, heart disease and for promoting bone health and weight loss.

Gluten Free


Low Fat


Low Calorie