Recently I read that eating tomatoes, ketchup, tomato sauce, soup, etc more than two times a week can reduce the risk of prostate cancer by 21 to 43 percent according to Dr. Edward Giovannucci of the Harvard University School of Public Health. WOW!
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|Tomatoes are placed in hot water for 5 minutes, to soften. Sliced, they are ready to be cranked thru the machine.|
|Tomato milling machines are awesome. They puree|
|Our tomato milling machine is awesome! It separates skins and seeds from juice. We run the skins thru twice to get more pulp.|
|We change our shirts several times while processing. It beats the years of doing it by hand.|
|Pure red gold. It will become tomato basil soup and simmered into pasta sauce.|
Tomato Basil Soup
8c fresh "squeezed" tomato. (see above)1/2 tsp olive oil. Finely chop and add 1 carrot and 1 celery stalk 1 sm yellow onion, 3 mashed garlic cloves and simmer down to thicken. (1/2 Red Pepper optional) Bring to boil, then simmer on low heat for 2 hours.
2 tsp of salt
1 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
dash of hot sauce/ optional
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
1/8 tsp parsley
Continue low heat cooking for 1 -2 hours, stir occasionally, but no need to hover over pot, the magic happens on it's own! Chiffonade Basil on top of soup before serving.
Once the soup is done, it s so versatile, add a sprinkle of parmesan cheese and crusty bread.
Endless other options tried: stir in shrimp, or 2 tsp half and half, sprinkle crumbled bacon on top, croutons
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