Flavorful Tomato Conserva Recipe

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Tomato conserva is a delicious and easy way to preserve tomatoes. Conserva is a traditional Italian method of preserving food in olive oil. Tomato conserva can be used in various dishes, such as pasta sauces, stews, and soups. 

Tomato Conserva

We used fresh tomatoes to make tomato conserva. A generous dose of oil and garlic cloves is added to the saucepan to help the tomatoes break down quickly before the mixture reduces to a thick, chunky consistency. 

The conserva will be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. There are a few different methods for making tomato conserva, but the most important thing is to use ripe, freshly picked tomatoes. It will ensure that your conserva is flavourful and fragrant. 

Follow these simple instructions, and you will have delicious tomato conserva that will last for months. We will walk you through the steps of making tomato conserva and provide some essential ingredients and equipment needed to make this recipe. 

What Equipment Will You Need To Make Tomato Conserva?

  • Saucepan – Cook the fresh and sliced tomatoes in the saucepan by adding olive oil until they are soft. 
  • Knife – Chop the tomatoes, garlic, and basil leaves into bite-size pieces to help them cook easily.  
  • Chopping Board – Place a chopping board underneath before chopping the tomatoes, garlic cloves, and basil leaves.
  • Food Mill – Food mill will strain and ensure the tomato puree doesn’t have gritty bits of seeds and skin. 
  • Canning Jars – Use canning jars to preserve tomato conserva and avoid spoiling it. 
  • Spatula – Mix the tomato puree well with a flat-surfaced spatula until you notice the surface darken.

How Much Time Will You Need To Make Tomato Conserva?

Preparation TimeCooking TimeTotal Time
50 Minutes5 Hours5 Hours 50 Minutes

What Ingredients Will You Need To Make Tomato Conserva?

  • Tomatoes – Fresh tomatoes are cooked into an intense, concentrated paste to preserve in the canning jars.
  • Salt – Add salt while making the paste to deepen the flavor, making it more intense.
  • Olive Oil – Olive oil is the best way to render the fruits silky-tender and concentrate the sweetness of tomatoes. 
  • Garlic – Garlic will give a crunchy, salty, and spicy flavor to the conserva.
  • Basil – The basil flavor will balance sweet and savory flavor with a hint of mint, anise, and pepper in the conserva.
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Steps To Make Tomato Conserva

1. Slice Them Off

Start by washing the tomatoes and then slicing them in half. Take two garlic cloves and mince them. Now take a few basil leaves and stack one on top of the other. Roll them into a cylindrical shape. Using a sharp knife, slice the basil leaves as thinly as possible.

2. Cook The Tomatoes

Once you are done chopping, sprinkle each tomato half with a bit of salt. 

Heat a saucepan on the stove and add olive oil. Once the oil is hot, add the tomato halves to the pan. Add minced garlic and chopped basil and cook for about 10 minutes until the garlic is brown.

Once the tomatoes are cooked, let them cool and place them in a food mill. Pour olive oil over the top of the tomatoes so they are soft. Immediately pass them through the food mill, and get the pulp through the sieve as much as possible. 

3. It’s Almost Done

Spread the tomato puree on the pan. Cook it for about 5 hours to evaporate the water from the paste. The tomato mixture will significantly reduce. 

Use a spatula to turn the paste periodically until you notice the surface darkens. Once the liquid has evaporated and the paste is quite thick, reduce the flame and continue evaporating it for two more hours or until it is thick, shiny, and brick-colored.

4. The Final Touch

Transfer the cooked paste to clean canning jars. Store it in glass jars and top with one-half teaspoon of olive oil. As you use it, maintain this level of olive oil on top. Store the conserva in the refrigerator.

Nutritional Information 

Calories500 kcal
Carbohydrates 5 g
Proteins1 g
Total Fat54 g
Saturated fat7 g
Trans Fat0.0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium170 mg
Fiber1 g
Sugars3 g

How Will Tomato Conserva Look And Taste Like?

Tomato conserva has a deep, mellow, caramelized flavor that’s wholly unlike the tin-like taste of canned tomato paste. It has a thick, shiny, chunky consistency with a shiny, brick-colored surface.

Recipe Card

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Tomato Conserva Recipe

Tomato conserva is a simple and delicious dish you can make with just a few ingredients. Conserva is a great way to preserve tomatoes and can be enjoyed all year round.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 50 mins
Cook Time 5 hrs
Total Time 5 hrs 50 mins
Course Dips and Sauces
Cuisine Italian
Servings 10
Calories 500 kcal

Equipment

1 Saucepan
1 Food Mill
1 Canning Jar
1 Knife
1 Chopping Board
1 Spatula

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups Tomatoes (diced)
  • 2 cloves Garlic (minced)
  • 2 teaspoons Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Salt

Instructions
 

  • Start by slicing the washed tomatoes, two garlic cloves, and a few basil leaves.
  • Sprinkle a bit of salt over each tomato half.
  • Add olive oil, tomato halves, minced garlic, and chopped basil in a saucepan and cook for about 10 minutes until the garlic and tomatoes are brown and soft.
  • Let them cool, and place them in a food mill with olive oil on top of the tomatoes, so they remain soft.
  • Immediately pass them through the food mill, and get the pulp through the sieve as much as possible.
  • Spread the tomato puree on the pan. Cook it for about 5 hours to evaporate the water from the paste.
  • Use a spatula to turn the paste periodically until you notice the surface darkens.
  • Reduce the flame and continue evaporating it for two more hours or until it is thick, shiny, and brick-colored.
  • Transfer the cooked paste to clean canning jars.
  • Store it in glass jars and top with one-half teaspoon of olive oil.
  • Store the conserva in the refrigerator and maintain the oil level as and when you use it.

Nutrition

Calories: 500kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 54g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 170mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g
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Conclusion

Tomato conserva is a delicious and healthy way to enjoy fresh tomatoes all year. Simmering tomatoes make this traditional Spanish dish in olive oil to preserve their flavor and nutrients. I hope you liked this recipe. If you liked it, share your experience and stay tuned for more recipes. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do I caramelize tomato conserva?

Cook the tomato in olive oil, using a 2:1 ratio of paste to the oil. Cook over medium heat, frequently stirring, until the color changes from a bright red to dark rust. In about 5-minutes, the puree has caramelized, unlocking amazing flavor.

Why does tomato conserva turn black?

The tomato conserva in an open can in the fridge will turn black from oxidation and quickly form mold. The key to storing canned tomato paste is to scoop it all out and transfer it to another container once opened.

How do you make tomato conserva?

The conserva starts with a few pounds of chopped tomatoes, which are briefly sauteed, and run through a food mill. The resulting puree is then poured into a saucepan and cooked on a low flame for about seven hours until it is thick and shiny.

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