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How do you crush whole plum tomatoes with the back of a wooden spoon? Anyone use a blender for this?

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How do you crush whole plum tomatoes with the back of a wooden spoon? Anyone use a blender for this?

Footballman407 | Sep 30, 2013 05:41 PM

Just about every marinara recipe I come across says to use whole plum tomatoes and crush them with the back of a wooden spoon. Even the beloved Marcella Hazan (RIP). I however have never had sucess with this in practice. The tomatoes are never soft enough and they just break into big chunks rahter than a smooth silky texture. I end up with a large chunks of tomato and a watery sauce. It seems to me that the best way to handle this would be to pulse the tomatoes in a blender before adding them to the sauce. Does anyone already do this?

I also have a couple questions about simmering. How long do you simmer? How do you know when it is done? Is it supposed to be a bare simmer like chicken stock?

Thanks in advance!!

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