Knowing I'd be gone for a few days, I wanted to find a way to make sure the fresh tomatoes that a friend gave me didn't go to waste. When I saw this Mad Genius Tip from Food & Wine, I had to give it a try.

I grabbed the bowl of various-sized tomatoes, including some grape tomatoes, and gave this method a try. The only thing I changed was the bowl I put my box grater in. I tried a mixing bowl first, but I found the sides got in the way of the grating. So I switched to the shallower bowl you see in the photo below.

fresh-tomato-sauce-skinsThis fresh tomato sauce took about 5 minutes to make using a box grater. The grater juices the meat of the tomato while leaving the skins perfect intact. (Photo: Robin Shreeves)

As you can see from the picture, my test was a success. I ended up with about a cup of fresh tomato sauce that could be used to sauce pasta as shown in the video. I put my sauce in a glass container and put it in the freezer to preserve it for another time.

In most parts of the country, tomato season is starting to wind down, and it would be a shame to waste even one ripe, flavorful seasonal tomato. This tip for making tomato sauce using a box grater really is mad genius and allows you to have a container full of sauce in just minutes to enjoy now or later.

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.