While I was there I chatted with some other ladies from my church that were also volunteering and I noticed that they had just gotten a huge delivery of boxes of tomatoes. They looked amazing and I mentioned it to the food bank director. She just laughed and begged me to take as much as I wanted because they couldn't give even part of them out and the tomatoes would be rotten by the next week. Our food bank only operates once a week.
So I took two big boxes home and decided to make marinara sauce from my favorite recipe. I put them in my freezer because there wasn't enough to bother with canning since we'll use these up within a month. It turned out amazing and you can use this sauce for pizza, spaghetti, lasagna, or whatever. It's the only spaghetti sauce I genuinely like since I'm not a big tomato fan. All that is in this excellent marinara sauce is tomatoes, red wine, garlic, salt, sugar, and a little water. I add onions because I like them and then when I use the sauce I add fresh basil at the end.
some of the tomatoes
blanching the tomatoes to remove the skins
the skinned and de-seeded tomatoes, about 14 quarts
onions and garlic
my huge stock pot that I use for canning and preserving
the sauce before cooking
all done and ready to freeze, this made 9 cooked down quarts
this took me start to finish about hour not counting the cooking down time