Whipping up a tasty batch of fresh tomato sauce can be difficult when it has a bitter aftertaste. But there are a few cooking tips that will help you improve the taste of your tomato sauce. Simply add sugar, and always use a pan that reacts well to the acidity in tomatoes. While making your fresh batch of tomato sauce, you can make slight changes to reduce the bitter aftertaste.

Add sugar to give your sauce a sweet taste. Start with a pinch and keep adding it to suit your taste. Sugar will counteract the acidity of your tomatoes.

Add Splenda instead of sugar if you want a low-calorie tomato sauce. Start with a pinch and then sample the sauce because Splenda has a different aftertaste than sugar. There are other non-calorie sweeteners you can use, and some are organic.

Use a nonreactive pan, such as one made of stainless steel. Cooking with aluminum pans can leave a bitter taste. Even though some stainless steel pans are pricey, plenty exist that are affordable as well.

Add shredded carrots to your sauce. Compliment the onions and garlic that you cook with the taste of carrots. Plus, remember to only cook your garlic until it is light brown because overcooked garlic creates a bitter aftertaste.

Add herbs, such as basil, in the last few minutes the sauce is on the stove top. Herbs can react with the sauce negatively over a long period of time which creates a bitter taste. If done right, though, a delicious zesty aftertaste can be created by adding the herbs at the very end of cooking.


Experiment with cooking suggestions until your batch is to your liking.


Never eat calorie-free sweeteners if your doctor doesn't recommend it. For instance, typically refrain from eating zero calorie sweeteners if you are pregnant or nursing

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Ryan Pickett

Ryan Allen Pickett (born June 13, 1979) is an American filmmaker. Pickett has created award-winning movies, such as Look, which received an important 4-star review from Film Threat. Pickett has appeared in television shows, including an appearance on Fox series Arrested Development (TV series) where he played the Young Oscar Bluth. Ryan was a top 5 finalist in the showcase event in the United States for Global Entrepreneurship Week film entrepreneurship competition The Race to BE hosted by media mogul Russell Simmons at Sony Picture Studios in Los Angeles in 2008. Pickett is profiled in 2012 Vol. 7 No. 1 Student Filmmakers magazine on page 46–47.