I know that shouldn't be so exciting...but it's one more thing I did for our family that didn't depend on consumerism so much. And no corn derivitives. Here's what I did:
4 lbs tomatoes
1/2 C vinegar
1/4 C sugar
1/2 ounce salt (rough measure)
I cooked the tomatoes in the crock pot until they could be smashed. I removed as much liquid as I could and put the rest thru the blender to smooth it out. In the crock pot I put the rest of the ingredients and stirred til the sugar and salt were dissolved. I added the tomato mix and it's simmering now-lid off-to let any more moisture cook out. It tastes a bit salty, so maybe less salt. It looks like it will yield about a quart. I don't plan to give it a hot water bath. I think the vinegar, sugar and salt will preserve it until we've used it all. It'll be kept in the fridge too.