Friday, July 13, 2012

Vidalia Onion & Peach Tomato Sauce (& GIVEAWAY!)


Are you into canning? Quite honestly, I knew very little about canning until recently. Since I don't grow a garden I never really looked into canning, and if I'm being honest it intimidated me. When the people at Ball Canning contacted me I was thrilled. Personally I am a big fan of their jars (see below for a giveaway of their jars!) and have used them for so many purposes, none of which were canning (you know... stuff in the classroom, drinking water...etc.) When they offered to send me a kit to get me started with canning I thought it would be a great new challenge. Little did I know it's really not that challenging at all. In fact, if you're interested in canning check out their canning products here. Some of my favorite items I received are the freezer jars and dissolvable labels.

When I knew I'd be canning I assumed I'd make a jam. That's pretty standard, no? However, my friend Natalie at The Dinner Club had been raving about her peach tomato sauce and I decided I needed to try it. She guest posted on her friend's blog and the recipe sold me. Hands down this is one of my favorite recent recipes. It's sweet and delicious. I have so many meals planned around this sauce... the first of which was a pizza I'll be sharing soon. This is such a great way to feature summer produce and enjoy a healthy, interesting sauce.  Please try it- you owe it to yourself!

See below the recipe for giveaway details!

Source: Adapted from The Dinner Club as seen on LeMoine Family Kitchen

Ingredients:
2 tbsp olive oil
1 small/medium vidalia onion (or half a large), finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup white wine or chicken broth
3 peaches, peeled and diced
4 tomatoes (2 beefsteak and 2 on the vine were used, but any 2 work), peeled and diced
15 basil leaves, sliced thin
Salt and pepper

Directions:
1- Heat the oil, add the onion. Season with salt and allow to soften, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, cooking another minute or so.
2- Deglaze the pan using either the wine or broth. Cook an additional 5 minutes.
3- Add the tomatoes and peaches. Season with salt. Cover. Cook about 30 minutes.
4- Remove the lid, using a potato masher mash the fruit mixture. Recover, add the basil, and cook over medium/low for an additional 30-40 minutes.
5- Season with salt and pepper to taste.


BUT NOW... for the part you're really interested in... the giveaway. Ball is kind enough to send the winner a set of jars to get you started on your own canning venture.

TO ENTER:
1- Leave a comment on this post telling me what you'd do with your jars if you were to win. 
2- ONE ENTRY PER PERSON- please be sure to leave your email so I have a way to contact you. 
3- Comments are moderated- they will not appear as soon as you post, please do not resend the comment.

Contest will end TUESDAY, JULY 17 at MIDNIGHT.

(Image in the picture may not be the same set you receive).

53 comments:

  1. Wow that recipe sounds great! I would love to make different sauces and can them.Arol25 at yahoodotcom

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  2. I've always said I wanted to make jam or jelly. But, I've never done it and would love to! Especially since we are doing a CSA this year.

    d4travel@optonline.net

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  3. So excited that you saw the post on my site :-) If it were me... i'd have my grandmother teach me to make marinated eggplant.. she makes and jars everything... jams, sauces, vegetables... gotta love the old Italians! a.lemoine@me.com

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  4. I would definitely can some strawberry jam!

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  5. I would make one of two things: dill pickles, or salsa. Learning to make/can those two things is on my list of "things I want to master in the kitchen". My email is udjenn11@gmail.com

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  6. Great recipe! I would make pickles, pickles, and more pickles. Yum!

    littletownbigcity @ gmail . com

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  7. I'd love to make salsa with fresh summer veggies! Buckeyechik at gmail dot com

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  8. I'd make and can apple butter!!! Perfect early fall treat. Yum

    sara2695 @ yahoo.com

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  9. Definitely want to can tomatoes this year with my mom. Also have thought about freezing some fruit, and helping her make some different jams. Yum!!

    dannigv616AThotmailDOTcom

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  10. I would make pickles!!

    Cgroskin@gmail.com

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  11. Aloha from Hawaii! I'd use the jars to make ono (yummy) pickled mango!

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  12. I would make my own pickles!! I LOVE SPICY PICKLES!!! I think I would make my own salsa too! My email address is:
    megan53@ymail.com

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  13. I want to make this sauce - wow, all ingredients I live!

    Melaniezlot@hotmail.com

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  14. I'd can the green beans from my garden. rachelhaleco at hotmail dot com

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  15. Pickles, jam, pesto...the possibilities are endless! :)

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  16. I would use some for cooking (I store a lot in mason jar, like homemade taco seasoning) but would also tackle some of the awesome mason jar crafts on Pinterest!

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  17. Oooh I love mason jars, but I've only used them for the crafty side of things. I'd love to make my own strawberry jam/jelly, and after reading through the other comments apple butter is now also on the agenda...sounds so good.

    paynecn@hotmail.com

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  18. Oops, sorry - disregard my last post I forgot my e-mail.

    I'd use them to make more strawberry jam. I'd also try my hand at blueberry and blackberry jams! :-) I also use the jars for lemonade and sweet tea.

    blwmurphy(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. I would use some to can, but I really want to try making some into candle lanterns to hang around my patio.

    jillc171@gmail.com

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  20. I'd can apricots and cherries

    immortalb4 at gmail dot com

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  21. I definitely want to make pickles. I also love to use jars to store items, instead of using plastic.

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  22. My family cans hot peppers, I would use them for that!

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  23. There are so many things I would use these jars for!!! I would most definitely make a batch of sauce and picked cucumbers... I could try jam again but that was an epic failure! But I would also use them to beautify my kitchen! Use one as a flower vase or fill them with fun things (pasta, jelly beans, etc..) to give me something fun and pretty to look at while I cook! Thanks for putting up this giveaway and for donating Ball! Lori Lennon laalaa712@aol.com

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  24. I would love to make strawberry jam. Yum!!! CathrynsCloset at aol dot com
    Courtney

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  25. I love your blog! I get do many great recipes from you! If I were to win the giveaway I'd can the veggies I'm growing this summer:tomatoes, beans, cucumbers

    Kristenmerrickson at gmail dot com

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  26. I would can green beans and salsa
    thansk
    aunteegem@yahoo.com

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  27. I was wishing I had some jars today when I made a ton of pesto from some homemade basil plants today. I've always wanted to try making a jam. I'm moving into a new house with a ton of pantry space and I'd love to be able to use it with homemade things!
    jesspacatc@hotmail.com

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  28. I will probably have green beans and pickles to can from our garden, I also want to make some tomato sauces. Rebecca.colyer@gmail dot com

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  29. I would make pickles and maybe attempt to can some vegetables for the winter from the farm stand.
    mrsdanielle.francis@gmail.com

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  30. I really wanted to try my hand at some canning this summer but it seems like the start-up costs weren't fitting in to my budget. These jars would be a great start to get me canning some fresh salsa and apple butter in the fall!

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  31. I would love to try my first attempt at canning this summer. I am thinking I would start with salsa and possibly pickles this summer and then move on to apple butter and applesauce this fall.

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  32. Oh my email is n_proctor at hotmail.com

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  33. I've been wanting to take a swing at making jams and canning my own beans... these jars would be ideal!

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  34. How timely as I just finished my first attempt at canning over the weekend - raspberry jam! I would like to branch out to green beans, tomatoes and maybe some peaches so the jars in the giveaway would be fantastic!
    gpsarah(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  35. I would def can this sauce ;) And pickles for sure!

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  36. I would love to can some peaches!

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  37. I would make the strawberry basil jam I've had bookmarked for years!

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  38. I would can some of the apricots, peaches or plums I'm watching fall off my mom's tree!! lisalisonbee at gmail

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  39. the jars are amazing and so much you can do. Canning my salsa is #1 so that I can give away to the ones who always ask me to make it. I also so a way to take the jars and color them with modge podge and food coloring to use as decorative pieces. I'd love to win this. My e-mail is vampgrrl04@optonline.net

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  40. I would can some homemade jam. My mother-in-law makes some every holiday season to give as gifts, and I think that would be a perfect idea for the office/neighbors!

    thesavvykitchen@gmail.com

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  41. I would can dilly beans, and salsa!! Both would be great to have in the winter.
    :) kgirlie312@aol.com

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  42. My mom and I can tomatoes every year so I'd use them for that. I can't wait!

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  43. I'd definitely make apple butter! I have a crock pot apple butter recipe that I'm eager to try - I just need jars!

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  44. I have a garden for the first time this year - I want to pickle banana peppers! And tomato sauce! And Salsa!

    katiepc10@yahoo.com

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  45. I would definitely give canning a shot for the first time. A nice salsa using the veggie's in my mom's garden would be great! But I also love the way Ball jars look for simple centerpieces with flowers or little lanterns to hang on the tree by our patio.

    mburak22@yahoo.com

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  46. I would can some of my homemade BBQ sauce :)

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  47. So many options but I think I'd have to go with homemade tomato sauce or salsa! christineskitchenchronicles (at) gmail (dot) com. Thanks!

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  48. The peach tomato sauce sounds fantastic and I love cooking with white wine. I make my own tomato sauce and put it in jars but never thought to add peach, a very tasty idea. I also like to make strawberry preserves.

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