This long weekend we made passata. Enough to last us the year. It's a wonderful tradition and whilst probably not done in order to save costs, the taste of it is purely like nothing you can buy in the shops. We've been making passata with my in-laws for a while now, but next year we're planning on being equipped with our own set up. My father-in-law (bless him) uses the same manual tomato miller he has had for many many years (and added his own additions and modifications). I'm eyeing off an electric model which can also be used as a meat mincer and is much more efficient. We are looking forward to setting up our own preserving kitchen, keeping the tradition going.
Passata making was followed by an afternoon of making fresh pasta with the kids and a wonderful meal shared amoungst three families.