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After making delicious spaghetti sauce for years, my sauce now tastes tart. I have even tried adding a little sugar to the recipe. Does anyone have any good ideas. I do simmer it for a long time and d
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Spaghetti Sauce

posted at 9/30/2012 6:21 AM EDT
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After making delicious spaghetti sauce for years, my sauce now tastes tart. I have even tried adding a little sugar to the recipe. Does anyone have any good ideas. I do simmer it for a long time and don't burn anything. I can't figure out the problem.

Re: Spaghetti Sauce

posted at 9/30/2012 7:44 AM EDT
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   my grandmom made the best spaghitte sauce and it was great tasting.

Re: Spaghetti Sauce

posted at 9/30/2012 8:38 AM EDT
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Has your taste changed?  Do any other foods taste different to you? Do others in your family think your sauce tastes tart?  Perhaps it is the type of  tomatoes you are using.

Re: Spaghetti Sauce

posted at 9/30/2012 8:39 AM EDT
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Grate a carrot or two into the sauce.  The carrot will add sweetness.  Because you grate it the carrot will just dissolve into the sauce.
If you are making the sauce from "scratch" and using whole tomatoes it could be the tomato variety.  Plum tomatoes seem to work best but yellow tomatoes seem to be less acidic than red ones so maybe if you use some yellow tomatoes it might cut the acid.

Re: Spaghetti Sauce

posted at 9/30/2012 8:54 AM EDT
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How about your water source?  Has it changed?  Our water source changed a few years ago and YUCK!!  We ended up having a water purification and softening system installed. Every thing tastes better now!!  No more bitter metal taste.   

Re: Spaghetti Sauce

posted at 9/30/2012 8:58 AM EDT
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have any of your medications changed or anything added
even otc products

that's what caused my taste differences

Re: Spaghetti Sauce

posted at 9/30/2012 10:26 AM EDT
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In Response to Spaghetti Sauce:
After making delicious spaghetti sauce for years, my sauce now tastes tart. I have even tried adding a little sugar to the recipe. Does anyone have any good ideas. I do simmer it for a long time and don't burn anything. I can't figure out the problem.
Posted by Angela F
it could be the garlic if you are cooking it first it might getingget over done

Re: Spaghetti Sauce

posted at 9/30/2012 2:58 PM EDT
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I vote on the tomatoes you are using   try different oe or canned crushed tomatoes

Re: Spaghetti Sauce

posted at 9/30/2012 3:08 PM EDT
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I'll also vote on the taste difference coming from the tomatoes. If you're using canned tomatoes, check if you have the no salt tomatoes. The lack of salt makes a BIG difference in the taste of the tomatoes.

Re: Spaghetti Sauce

posted at 9/30/2012 4:52 PM EDT
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GRANA here;
 Hi ANGELA F;
  The only thoughtI have is that your tomatoes are not ripe enough;but I think you would have already  thought of  that?I add  basil to my sauce if a littlepinchof sugar is not enough

Have you  checked all  your herbs( garlic etc, to se if they areall  still of good quality, ????Undecided
It's got to be pretty frustrating to have  your longtime recipe  fail youFrown

Re: Spaghetti Sauce

posted at 9/30/2012 11:23 PM EDT
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I've found that even if you have the same type of tomatoes as previous years, they don't necessarily taste the same.  Changes in the weather, soil and even how you water can affect them.  Given the wacky weather patterns of the past couple of years anything is possible.  The "Early Girl" tomatoes I plant every year are usually soft-skinned and easy to bite.  This year they had the toughest skins and had to be peeled to eat.  Of course it didn't help that I had a bunch of teeth pulled and still trying to get used to a partial denture lol!

Re: Spaghetti Sauce

posted at 9/30/2012 11:31 PM EDT
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I agree with others that it might be the tomatoes.  That was what I first thought when I read your posting.  The other thing is the water.  Have any of your neighbors complained about the taste or the smell of the water?  Possibly try another type of tomatoes.  Keep us posted how it turns out.

Re: Spaghetti Sauce

posted at 10/1/2012 1:24 AM EDT
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Are you using canned or fresh tomatoes?

Re: Spaghetti Sauce

posted at 10/10/2012 8:04 PM EDT
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Hi Angela.When I make homemade sauce I always add a lot of sauteed onions which sweeten up the sauce.Try to use a non metal pot when cooking your sauce for some reason when I was cooking my sauce in a stainless pot I noticed a very metalic flavor.I also cook browned pork bones in my sauce that makes it sweeter.I use neck bones or bones that come in the pork roasts I bone the roast and throw the bone in the freezer to be used at a later date.I use a wooden spoon for stirring the sauce.I cook my sauce for 10-12 hours on very low heat.I can't wait to use the crock pot the next time I make sauce.

Re: Spaghetti Sauce

posted at 10/12/2012 10:15 AM EDT
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In Response to Re: Spaghetti Sauce:
Hi Angela.When I make homemade sauce I always add a lot of sauteed onions which sweeten up the sauce.Try to use a non metal pot when cooking your sauce for some reason when I was cooking my sauce in a stainless pot I noticed a very metalic flavor.I also cook browned pork bones in my sauce that makes it sweeter.I use neck bones or bones that come in the pork roasts I bone the roast and throw the bone in the freezer to be used at a later date.I use a wooden spoon for stirring the sauce.I cook my sauce for 10-12 hours on very low heat.I can't wait to use the crock pot the next time I make sauce.
Posted by gale g

Gale,
Thanks for this tip. I know that onions are the key to sweetness, but haven't added sauteed onions in years. I will try it and let you know.

Re: Spaghetti Sauce

posted at 10/12/2012 10:16 AM EDT
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In Response to Re: Spaghetti Sauce:
Has your taste changed?  Do any other foods taste different to you? Do others in your family think your sauce tastes tart?  Perhaps it is the type of  tomatoes you are using.
Posted by Mary Ann S


My husband thinks it tastes fine, but God Bless him, he would eat most anything and thinks I am a great cook. I know that I have had medication changes. Maybe that could be it. Will keep this in mind. Thanks.

Re: Spaghetti Sauce

posted at 10/12/2012 10:18 AM EDT
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In Response to Re: Spaghetti Sauce:
Grate a carrot or two into the sauce.  The carrot will add sweetness.  Because you grate it the carrot will just dissolve into the sauce. If you are making the sauce from "scratch" and using whole tomatoes it could be the tomato variety.  Plum tomatoes seem to work best but yellow tomatoes seem to be less acidic than red ones so maybe if you use some yellow tomatoes it might cut the acid.
Posted by nikki p


Nikki,
Thanks for the hint. I will try the carrot trick after I do Gale's onion test. I do use canned San Marzano tomatoes.

Re: Spaghetti Sauce

posted at 10/12/2012 10:20 AM EDT
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In Response to Re: Spaghetti Sauce:
GRANA here;  Hi ANGELA F ;   The only thoughtI have is that your tomatoes are not ripe enough;but I think you would have already  thought of  that?I add  basil to my sauce if a littlepinchof sugar is not enough Have you  checked all  your herbs( garlic etc, to se if they areall  still of good quality, ???? It's got to be pretty frustrating to have  your longtime recipe  fail you
Posted by ann h


I am frustrated and will try some of the hints given me by all the VBB friends. Follow-up when I next make sauce.

Re: Spaghetti Sauce

posted at 10/12/2012 10:23 AM EDT
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In Response to Re: Spaghetti Sauce:
Are you using canned or fresh tomatoes?
Posted by Maxine M


Maxine,
I usually use canned San Marzano tomatoes. I started using the whole peeled tomatoes because all the Italian cooking shows say that whole tomatoes are healthier, but I think that the seeds may be what is making the sauce tart. I will try the suggestions that you all have made, but maybe I will go back to the crushed tomatoes.

Re: Spaghetti Sauce

posted at 10/16/2012 5:54 AM EDT
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Hi everyone,
I used gale's suggestion of sauteeing onions and adding them to my sauce and it worked. The sauce lost its tartness. I also used some tomatoes from the garden along with the canned tomatoes and I think that also added to the tartness. I will try to do this again the next time I make sauce from scratch using canned tomatoes only and see if the onions are the answer. Thanks to all for your help.
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