Old-fashioned Aussie-style homemade tomato sauce

  • Author: Stacey Roberts | Veggie Mama
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 2 hours 30 mins
  • Total Time: 3 hours
  • Yield: 6 litres 1x
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Simmering
  • Cuisine: Australian


The tomato sauce of your childhood – old fashioned, Aussie style tomato sauce, just right for your pie or chips.



  • 1 litre white vinegar
  • 1kg white sugar
  • 200g sea salt (I’d recommend going your regular table salt and not putting it all in until the end, when you’ve tasted for the balance of flavours)
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
  • 30g allspice
  • 15g ground cloves
  • 10g black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • 5kg ripe, peeled tomatoes
  • 1 kg brown onions, peeled and chopped
  • 1 kg green apples, peeled and chopped.


  1. Bring to a boil vinegar, sugar, salt, garlic, allspice, clove, peppercorns and cayenne in a large stock pot.
  2. Add tomatoes, onion, and apple, reduce heat to low.
  3. Simmer, uncovered, 2 hours or until thick, stirring frequently.
  4. Puree until smooth
  5. Bring back to the boil, and pour into hot sterilised jars. Put the lids on immediately and leave to cool (preferably overnight, without moving)

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