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  1. #1
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Favorite tomatoes for sauce?

    MIL is Italian/American and she swears by the Red Pack brand. We can not
    get those here. Not sure if I could get them in NY or MA. Groceries were
    cheaper in PA where she is so I would always buy them there and take them
    back with me. She is right. They are very good.

    I read somewhere recently that Hunts products are not very good. That they
    have an odd aftertaste. I do buy that brand sometimes because it is cheap.
    But it is certainly not my favorite. On that episode of Cake Boss where
    they gave all the contestants the Hunts sauce to make the Italian dinner, I
    felt bad. Because I knew they weren't going to have the best sauce. I do
    think it is okay to add into a soup or something with other ingredients.
    But not for a pasta sauce.

    I like the Contadina products and also the Pomi. Sometimes I can get some
    good Italian brands at places like Big Lots. But if I get it there, I may
    never get it again.

    Our favorite sauce though is pre-made, Amy's Organic. I keep trying a
    variety of things, including homemade and I think Amy's just tastes the
    best. It is so good we can eat it without cheese and we don't even notice
    it is missing.

    The other night I made pizza using gluten free Schar's brand crust. The
    crust was very good. Must buy that again. Also used Lucia's pizza sauce.
    It was expensive, even on sale. Comes in a can. Daughter isn't normally a
    fan of sauce so I only put a wee bit on her pizza. But I offered her some
    extra in a bowl for dipping. At first she turned up her nose. But then she
    tried the sauce. We both had extra. I was packing it on top of my pizza.
    I was eating it with a spoon. That's how good it was! Must get some more
    of that!



  2. #2
    Paul M. Cook Guest

    Default Re: Favorite tomatoes for sauce?


    "Julie Bove" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:iivlu7$as6$[email protected]..
    > MIL is Italian/American and she swears by the Red Pack brand. We can not
    > get those here. Not sure if I could get them in NY or MA. Groceries were
    > cheaper in PA where she is so I would always buy them there and take them
    > back with me. She is right. They are very good.
    >
    > I read somewhere recently that Hunts products are not very good. That
    > they have an odd aftertaste. I do buy that brand sometimes because it is
    > cheap. But it is certainly not my favorite. On that episode of Cake Boss
    > where they gave all the contestants the Hunts sauce to make the Italian
    > dinner, I felt bad. Because I knew they weren't going to have the best
    > sauce. I do think it is okay to add into a soup or something with other
    > ingredients. But not for a pasta sauce.
    >
    > I like the Contadina products and also the Pomi. Sometimes I can get some
    > good Italian brands at places like Big Lots. But if I get it there, I may
    > never get it again.
    >
    > Our favorite sauce though is pre-made, Amy's Organic. I keep trying a
    > variety of things, including homemade and I think Amy's just tastes the
    > best. It is so good we can eat it without cheese and we don't even notice
    > it is missing.
    >
    > The other night I made pizza using gluten free Schar's brand crust. The
    > crust was very good. Must buy that again. Also used Lucia's pizza sauce.
    > It was expensive, even on sale. Comes in a can. Daughter isn't normally
    > a fan of sauce so I only put a wee bit on her pizza. But I offered her
    > some extra in a bowl for dipping. At first she turned up her nose. But
    > then she tried the sauce. We both had extra. I was packing it on top of
    > my pizza. I was eating it with a spoon. That's how good it was! Must get
    > some more of that!


    These are considered the best canned tomatoes by many:

    Cento Italian Peeled Tomatoes with Basil Leaf
    Muir Glen Organic Fire Roasted Whole Tomatoes
    Muir Glen Organic Whole Peeled Tomatoes
    Pastene Italian Peeled Tomatoes with Basil Leaf
    Progresso Italian-Style Whole Peeled Tomatoes with Basil
    Redpack Whole Peeled Tomatoes in Thick Puree
    Rienzi Peeled Tomatoes
    Sclafani Italian Peeled Tomatoes
    Tuttorosso Italian-Style Peeled Plum Tomatoes with Natural Basil Flavor


    The Progresso brand is pretty good. It's easy to find. The rest you pretty
    much need to shop at a well stocked Italian deli to find them.

    Paul


    >




  3. #3
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: Favorite tomatoes for sauce?


    "Paul M. Cook" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:ij07hj$no1$[email protected]..
    >
    > "Julie Bove" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:iivlu7$as6$[email protected]..
    >> MIL is Italian/American and she swears by the Red Pack brand. We can not
    >> get those here. Not sure if I could get them in NY or MA. Groceries
    >> were cheaper in PA where she is so I would always buy them there and take
    >> them back with me. She is right. They are very good.
    >>
    >> I read somewhere recently that Hunts products are not very good. That
    >> they have an odd aftertaste. I do buy that brand sometimes because it is
    >> cheap. But it is certainly not my favorite. On that episode of Cake Boss
    >> where they gave all the contestants the Hunts sauce to make the Italian
    >> dinner, I felt bad. Because I knew they weren't going to have the best
    >> sauce. I do think it is okay to add into a soup or something with other
    >> ingredients. But not for a pasta sauce.
    >>
    >> I like the Contadina products and also the Pomi. Sometimes I can get
    >> some good Italian brands at places like Big Lots. But if I get it there,
    >> I may never get it again.
    >>
    >> Our favorite sauce though is pre-made, Amy's Organic. I keep trying a
    >> variety of things, including homemade and I think Amy's just tastes the
    >> best. It is so good we can eat it without cheese and we don't even
    >> notice it is missing.
    >>
    >> The other night I made pizza using gluten free Schar's brand crust. The
    >> crust was very good. Must buy that again. Also used Lucia's pizza
    >> sauce. It was expensive, even on sale. Comes in a can. Daughter isn't
    >> normally a fan of sauce so I only put a wee bit on her pizza. But I
    >> offered her some extra in a bowl for dipping. At first she turned up her
    >> nose. But then she tried the sauce. We both had extra. I was packing
    >> it on top of my pizza. I was eating it with a spoon. That's how good it
    >> was! Must get some more of that!

    >
    > These are considered the best canned tomatoes by many:
    >
    > Cento Italian Peeled Tomatoes with Basil Leaf
    > Muir Glen Organic Fire Roasted Whole Tomatoes
    > Muir Glen Organic Whole Peeled Tomatoes
    > Pastene Italian Peeled Tomatoes with Basil Leaf
    > Progresso Italian-Style Whole Peeled Tomatoes with Basil
    > Redpack Whole Peeled Tomatoes in Thick Puree
    > Rienzi Peeled Tomatoes
    > Sclafani Italian Peeled Tomatoes
    > Tuttorosso Italian-Style Peeled Plum Tomatoes with Natural Basil Flavor
    >
    >
    > The Progresso brand is pretty good. It's easy to find. The rest you
    > pretty much need to shop at a well stocked Italian deli to find them.
    >
    > Paul


    I have not tried the Muir Glen tomatoes. Their salsa is fine but their
    pasta sauce is plain evil! Has the worst taste ever, IMO. I think I have
    bought the Pastene and Tuttorosso and liked them. Also maybe Cento.
    Central Market does carry some of those brands.



  4. #4
    Nad R Guest

    Default Re: Favorite tomatoes for sauce?

    "Julie Bove" <[email protected]> wrote:
    > "Paul M. Cook" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:ij07hj$no1$[email protected]..
    >>
    >> "Julie Bove" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news:iivlu7$as6$[email protected]..
    >>> MIL is Italian/American and she swears by the Red Pack brand. We can not
    >>> get those here. Not sure if I could get them in NY or MA. Groceries
    >>> were cheaper in PA where she is so I would always buy them there and take
    >>> them back with me. She is right. They are very good.
    >>>
    >>> I read somewhere recently that Hunts products are not very good. That
    >>> they have an odd aftertaste. I do buy that brand sometimes because it is
    >>> cheap. But it is certainly not my favorite. On that episode of Cake Boss
    >>> where they gave all the contestants the Hunts sauce to make the Italian
    >>> dinner, I felt bad. Because I knew they weren't going to have the best
    >>> sauce. I do think it is okay to add into a soup or something with other
    >>> ingredients. But not for a pasta sauce.
    >>>
    >>> I like the Contadina products and also the Pomi. Sometimes I can get
    >>> some good Italian brands at places like Big Lots. But if I get it there,
    >>> I may never get it again.
    >>>
    >>> Our favorite sauce though is pre-made, Amy's Organic. I keep trying a
    >>> variety of things, including homemade and I think Amy's just tastes the
    >>> best. It is so good we can eat it without cheese and we don't even
    >>> notice it is missing.
    >>>
    >>> The other night I made pizza using gluten free Schar's brand crust. The
    >>> crust was very good. Must buy that again. Also used Lucia's pizza
    >>> sauce. It was expensive, even on sale. Comes in a can. Daughter isn't
    >>> normally a fan of sauce so I only put a wee bit on her pizza. But I
    >>> offered her some extra in a bowl for dipping. At first she turned up her
    >>> nose. But then she tried the sauce. We both had extra. I was packing
    >>> it on top of my pizza. I was eating it with a spoon. That's how good it
    >>> was! Must get some more of that!

    >>
    >> These are considered the best canned tomatoes by many:
    >>
    >> Cento Italian Peeled Tomatoes with Basil Leaf
    >> Muir Glen Organic Fire Roasted Whole Tomatoes
    >> Muir Glen Organic Whole Peeled Tomatoes
    >> Pastene Italian Peeled Tomatoes with Basil Leaf
    >> Progresso Italian-Style Whole Peeled Tomatoes with Basil
    >> Redpack Whole Peeled Tomatoes in Thick Puree
    >> Rienzi Peeled Tomatoes
    >> Sclafani Italian Peeled Tomatoes
    >> Tuttorosso Italian-Style Peeled Plum Tomatoes with Natural Basil Flavor
    >>
    >>
    >> The Progresso brand is pretty good. It's easy to find. The rest you
    >> pretty much need to shop at a well stocked Italian deli to find them.
    >>
    >> Paul

    >
    > I have not tried the Muir Glen tomatoes. Their salsa is fine but their
    > pasta sauce is plain evil! Has the worst taste ever, IMO. I think I have
    > bought the Pastene and Tuttorosso and liked them. Also maybe Cento.
    > Central Market does carry some of those brands.


    I Can my own sauce from Roma Tomatoes. My own sauce tends to very sweet and
    that is why I like it. I use a Roma Food Strainer that removes the skin and
    seeds. The reason most store bought sauce has a bitter taste, is the mass
    manufacture tends to blend in the skin and seeds with the sauce.

    http://www.amazon.com/Victorio-Model...7337211&sr=8-1

    --
    Enjoy Life... Nad R (Garden in zone 5a Michigan)

  5. #5
    Kalmia Guest

    Default Re: Favorite tomatoes for sauce?

    On Feb 10, 6:33*am, Nad R <n...@positivegogetter.cooldude> wrote:

    > http://www.amazon.com/Victorio-Model...er/dp/B001I7FP...
    >
    > --
    > Enjoy Life... Nad R *(Garden in zone 5a Michigan)


    Curious: how many pounds of skin and sees are separated from, say, 5
    lb. of tomatoes? I'm just trying to figure on the yield before I
    invest in one of these strainers.

    I'll bet your sauce is hev-en-lee. : )).

  6. #6
    Jim Elbrecht Guest

    Default Re: Favorite tomatoes for sauce?

    Kalmia <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On Feb 10, 6:33*am, Nad R <n...@positivegogetter.cooldude> wrote:
    >
    >> http://www.amazon.com/Victorio-Model...er/dp/B001I7FP...
    >>
    >> --
    >> Enjoy Life... Nad R *(Garden in zone 5a Michigan)

    >
    >Curious: how many pounds of skin and sees are separated from, say, 5
    >lb. of tomatoes? I'm just trying to figure on the yield before I
    >invest in one of these strainers.
    >


    N.B. - Nad mentioned Roma Tomatoes. You can grow them or get them at
    some farmers markets. The 'roma style' tomatoes I've seem in my
    grocery store would produce a worse product than canned sauce.

    Tomatoes for market are picked many days before ripe and suffer from
    not ripening in the sun. [or maybe from being refrigerated-- but they
    suffer]

    >I'll bet your sauce is hev-en-lee. : )).


    Garden fresh Romas turned into a sauce are a whole nother animal from
    any canned sauce I've eaten. I just got a strainer this winter-
    so I'm looking forward to seeing how well it works in August.

    Nad-- What's your process? Cook for some time, then strain?

    Jim

  7. #7
    Nad R Guest

    Default Re: Favorite tomatoes for sauce?

    Kalmia <[email protected]> wrote:
    > On Feb 10, 6:33 am, Nad R <n...@positivegogetter.cooldude> wrote:
    >
    >> http://www.amazon.com/Victorio-Model...er/dp/B001I7FP...
    >>
    >> --
    >> Enjoy Life... Nad R (Garden in zone 5a Michigan)

    >
    > Curious: how many pounds of skin and sees are separated from, say, 5
    > lb. of tomatoes? I'm just trying to figure on the yield before I
    > invest in one of these strainers.
    >
    > I'll bet your sauce is hev-en-lee. : )).


    Depending on your tomatoes, I never ever measured the extra before, I would
    estimate less than ten percent is pulp and seeds. I do not consider the
    skins and seed as waste, i consider it great for the compost. One can use a
    hand food strainer for making small amounts of sauce. For home canning my
    own homegrown tomatoes. I use the Holy Book of canning as a guide: Ball
    Complete Book of Home Preserving: 400 Delicious and Creative Recipes for
    Today [Hardcover]. I usually grow about fifty tomato plants each year, just
    for me, myself and I.

    http://www.amazon.com/Ball-Complete-...mm_hrd_title_0

    Nothing on the market selves compare, nothing better, my own homemade
    tomato juice is so sweet compared to the bitter stuff one finds on grocery
    shelves. From tomatoes, From my tomatoes I make: Sauce, pizza sauce,
    tomato juice, salsa, whole tomatoes and diced tomatoes. Someday I would
    like to get a champion juicer if I can find some spare change for other
    canning purposes as well.

    http://www.harvestessentials.com/chamhousjuic.html

    --
    Enjoy Life... Nad R (Garden in zone 5a Michigan)

  8. #8
    Nad R Guest

    Default Re: Favorite tomatoes for sauce?

    Jim Elbrecht <[email protected]> wrote:
    > Kalmia <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> On Feb 10, 6:33 am, Nad R <n...@positivegogetter.cooldude> wrote:
    >>
    >>> http://www.amazon.com/Victorio-Model...er/dp/B001I7FP...
    >>>
    >>> --
    >>> Enjoy Life... Nad R (Garden in zone 5a Michigan)

    >>
    >> Curious: how many pounds of skin and sees are separated from, say, 5
    >> lb. of tomatoes? I'm just trying to figure on the yield before I
    >> invest in one of these strainers.
    >>

    >
    > N.B. - Nad mentioned Roma Tomatoes. You can grow them or get them at
    > some farmers markets. The 'roma style' tomatoes I've seem in my
    > grocery store would produce a worse product than canned sauce.
    >
    > Tomatoes for market are picked many days before ripe and suffer from
    > not ripening in the sun. [or maybe from being refrigerated-- but they
    > suffer]
    >
    >> I'll bet your sauce is hev-en-lee. : )).

    >
    > Garden fresh Romas turned into a sauce are a whole nother animal from
    > any canned sauce I've eaten. I just got a strainer this winter-
    > so I'm looking forward to seeing how well it works in August.
    >
    > Nad-- What's your process? Cook for some time, then strain?
    >
    > Jim


    Oh GOD! Super market hot house tomatoes are awful!
    I would agree that a mass market canned tomatoes are better than a super
    market hot house tomatoes. Garden fresh is the only way to go!

    Yes to garden fresh Romas ( any plum tomato will work ) because it the
    tomato is not that juicy to begin with. I go by the Ball Home preserving
    book. Cook, Strain and cook more until at least half has evaporated for a
    thick sauce. It takes a very very long time, several hours, to can ones own
    sauce. But i find it worth it. I believe tomato sauces is the most time
    consuming of all tomato canning processes.

    --
    Enjoy Life... Nad R (Garden in zone 5a Michigan)

  9. #9
    Michel Boucher Guest

    Default Re: Favorite tomatoes for sauce?

    "Julie Bove" <[email protected]> wrote in news:iivlu7$as6$1
    @news.eternal-september.org:

    > Our favorite sauce though is pre-made, Amy's Organic.


    I have to avoid things with onions, so right now it's ItalFoods Tomato
    Basil sauce. I used to buy an Italian imported sauce that was only
    tomatoes but the store stopped carrying it. I can buy the ItalFoods one in
    a number of local stores.

    It's a sauce with small chunks of tomatoes so not entirely smooth which
    suits me.

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    and created sunburn. On the second day God created sex. In
    response the Devil created marriage. On the third day God created
    an economist. This was a tough one for the Devil, but in the end
    and after a lot of thought he created a second economist!

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  10. #10
    Kate Connally Guest

    Default Re: Favorite tomatoes for sauce?

    On 2/9/2011 10:27 PM, Julie Bove wrote:
    > MIL is Italian/American and she swears by the Red Pack brand. We can not
    > get those here. Not sure if I could get them in NY or MA. Groceries were
    > cheaper in PA where she is so I would always buy them there and take them
    > back with me. She is right. They are very good.


    I mostly buy Delmonte canned veggies, including tomatoes. Once
    in a while I buy Red Pack if they have the particular variety called
    for in a recipe. I recently made Lidia's Chicken Cacciatore and it
    called for crushed tomatoes. I didn't see any with the Delmonte
    stuff but found them in Red Pack. They were very good.

    I mostly use Delmonte diced. I love the fact that they are diced.
    I lived in ancient times when there were no diced canned tomatoes
    so you had to get canned whole tomatoes and chop them up. What a
    nuisance. And there were seeds and hard bits from the stem end that
    needed to be removed.

    Anyway, I like Delmonte but Red Pack is also excellent.

    > I read somewhere recently that Hunts products are not very good. That they
    > have an odd aftertaste. I do buy that brand sometimes because it is cheap.
    > But it is certainly not my favorite. On that episode of Cake Boss where
    > they gave all the contestants the Hunts sauce to make the Italian dinner, I
    > felt bad. Because I knew they weren't going to have the best sauce. I do
    > think it is okay to add into a soup or something with other ingredients.
    > But not for a pasta sauce.


    I've never cared for Hunt's.

    > I like the Contadina products and also the Pomi. Sometimes I can get some
    > good Italian brands at places like Big Lots. But if I get it there, I may
    > never get it again.


    Almost the only thing I see by Contadina is tomato paste. And I don't
    think I've seen Pomi. Anyway, I tend to go by price a lot and Delmonte
    is often on sale and I think it's cheaper in general. I could be wrong.
    though.

    Kate

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  11. #11
    spamtrap1888 Guest

    Default Re: Favorite tomatoes for sauce?

    On Feb 9, 7:27*pm, "Julie Bove" <julieb...@frontier.com> wrote:
    > MIL is Italian/American and she swears by the Red Pack brand. *We can not
    > get those here. *Not sure if I could get them in NY or MA. *Grocerieswere
    > cheaper in PA where she is so I would always buy them there and take them
    > back with me. *She is right. *They are very good.
    >


    Six In One: the pride of Escalon, CA. Available in Italian groceries
    across America

  12. #12
    spamtrap1888 Guest

    Default Re: Favorite tomatoes for sauce?

    On Feb 10, 12:27*am, "Paul M. Cook" <pmc...@gte.net> wrote:
    > "Julie Bove" <julieb...@frontier.com> wrote in message
    >
    > news:iivlu7$as6$[email protected]..
    >
    >
    >
    > > MIL is Italian/American and she swears by the Red Pack brand. *We cannot
    > > get those here. *Not sure if I could get them in NY or MA. *Groceries were
    > > cheaper in PA where she is so I would always buy them there and take them
    > > back with me. *She is right. *They are very good.

    >


    > > I like the Contadina products and also the Pomi. *Sometimes I can getsome
    > > good Italian brands at places like Big Lots. *But if I get it there, I may
    > > never get it again.

    >


    > These are considered the best canned tomatoes by many:
    >
    > Cento Italian Peeled Tomatoes with Basil Leaf


    Meh

    > Muir Glen Organic Fire Roasted Whole Tomatoes


    Meh

    > Muir Glen Organic Whole Peeled Tomatoes


    Meh

    > Progresso Italian-Style Whole Peeled Tomatoes with Basil


    Not bad

    > Redpack Whole Peeled Tomatoes in Thick Puree


    I'm going to have to try to find these.

    While I wouldn't make these the foundation of my sauce, if you need
    some chopped tomatoes for a recipe this time of year, I like S&W
    canned chopped tomatoes. Here Costco carries them.

  13. #13
    Paul M. Cook Guest

    Default Re: Favorite tomatoes for sauce?


    "spamtrap1888" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    On Feb 10, 12:27 am, "Paul M. Cook" <pmc...@gte.net> wrote:
    > "Julie Bove" <julieb...@frontier.com> wrote in message
    >
    > news:iivlu7$as6$[email protected]..
    >
    >
    >
    > > MIL is Italian/American and she swears by the Red Pack brand. We can not
    > > get those here. Not sure if I could get them in NY or MA. Groceries were
    > > cheaper in PA where she is so I would always buy them there and take
    > > them
    > > back with me. She is right. They are very good.

    >


    > > I like the Contadina products and also the Pomi. Sometimes I can get
    > > some
    > > good Italian brands at places like Big Lots. But if I get it there, I
    > > may
    > > never get it again.

    >


    > These are considered the best canned tomatoes by many:
    >
    > Cento Italian Peeled Tomatoes with Basil Leaf


    Meh

    > Muir Glen Organic Fire Roasted Whole Tomatoes


    Meh

    > Muir Glen Organic Whole Peeled Tomatoes


    Meh

    > Progresso Italian-Style Whole Peeled Tomatoes with Basil


    Not bad

    > Redpack Whole Peeled Tomatoes in Thick Puree


    I'm going to have to try to find these.

    While I wouldn't make these the foundation of my sauce, if you need
    some chopped tomatoes for a recipe this time of year, I like S&W
    canned chopped tomatoes. Here Costco carries them.


    S&W is ok. After reading some reviews I think Pomi is the brand I want to
    try the most. They come in BPA packaging which means no tinny taste, which
    I can't stand.

    Paul



  14. #14
    Brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: Favorite tomatoes for sauce?

    On Thu, 10 Feb 2011 06:14:19 -0800 (PST), Kalmia
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On Feb 10, 6:33*am, Nad R <n...@positivegogetter.cooldude> wrote:
    >
    >> http://www.amazon.com/Victorio-Model...er/dp/B001I7FP...
    >>
    >> --
    >> Enjoy Life... Nad R *(Garden in zone 5a Michigan)

    >
    >Curious: how many pounds of skin and sees are separated from, say, 5
    >lb. of tomatoes? I'm just trying to figure on the yield before I
    >invest in one of these strainers.



    You don't want to bother if all you're thinking is say five pounds of
    tomatoes... buy your sauce.

  15. #15
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: Favorite tomatoes for sauce?


    "Nad R" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:ij0v84$3kd$[email protected]..
    > Jim Elbrecht <[email protected]> wrote:
    >> Kalmia <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>
    >>> On Feb 10, 6:33 am, Nad R <n...@positivegogetter.cooldude> wrote:
    >>>
    >>>> http://www.amazon.com/Victorio-Model...er/dp/B001I7FP...
    >>>>
    >>>> --
    >>>> Enjoy Life... Nad R (Garden in zone 5a Michigan)
    >>>
    >>> Curious: how many pounds of skin and sees are separated from, say, 5
    >>> lb. of tomatoes? I'm just trying to figure on the yield before I
    >>> invest in one of these strainers.
    >>>

    >>
    >> N.B. - Nad mentioned Roma Tomatoes. You can grow them or get them at
    >> some farmers markets. The 'roma style' tomatoes I've seem in my
    >> grocery store would produce a worse product than canned sauce.
    >>
    >> Tomatoes for market are picked many days before ripe and suffer from
    >> not ripening in the sun. [or maybe from being refrigerated-- but they
    >> suffer]
    >>
    >>> I'll bet your sauce is hev-en-lee. : )).

    >>
    >> Garden fresh Romas turned into a sauce are a whole nother animal from
    >> any canned sauce I've eaten. I just got a strainer this winter-
    >> so I'm looking forward to seeing how well it works in August.
    >>
    >> Nad-- What's your process? Cook for some time, then strain?
    >>
    >> Jim

    >
    > Oh GOD! Super market hot house tomatoes are awful!
    > I would agree that a mass market canned tomatoes are better than a super
    > market hot house tomatoes. Garden fresh is the only way to go!
    >
    > Yes to garden fresh Romas ( any plum tomato will work ) because it the
    > tomato is not that juicy to begin with. I go by the Ball Home preserving
    > book. Cook, Strain and cook more until at least half has evaporated for a
    > thick sauce. It takes a very very long time, several hours, to can ones
    > own
    > sauce. But i find it worth it. I believe tomato sauces is the most time
    > consuming of all tomato canning processes.


    Sadly, tomatoes don't always grow well here. It usually doesn't get hot
    enough. One year I got a bumper crop. But most years I am lucky to get one
    or two that actually get ripe before fall. Or we get so much rain that they
    split open.



  16. #16
    Julie Bove Guest

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    "Michel Boucher" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected] ...
    > "Julie Bove" <juli[email protected]> wrote in news:iivlu7$as6$1
    > @news.eternal-september.org:
    >
    >> Our favorite sauce though is pre-made, Amy's Organic.

    >
    > I have to avoid things with onions, so right now it's ItalFoods Tomato
    > Basil sauce. I used to buy an Italian imported sauce that was only
    > tomatoes but the store stopped carrying it. I can buy the ItalFoods one
    > in
    > a number of local stores.
    >
    > It's a sauce with small chunks of tomatoes so not entirely smooth which
    > suits me.


    Thanks! I didn't know they made one with no onions.



  17. #17
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: Favorite tomatoes for sauce?


    "Kate Connally" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:ij13tm$512$[email protected]..
    > On 2/9/2011 10:27 PM, Julie Bove wrote:
    >> MIL is Italian/American and she swears by the Red Pack brand. We can not
    >> get those here. Not sure if I could get them in NY or MA. Groceries
    >> were
    >> cheaper in PA where she is so I would always buy them there and take them
    >> back with me. She is right. They are very good.

    >
    > I mostly buy Delmonte canned veggies, including tomatoes. Once
    > in a while I buy Red Pack if they have the particular variety called
    > for in a recipe. I recently made Lidia's Chicken Cacciatore and it called
    > for crushed tomatoes. I didn't see any with the Delmonte
    > stuff but found them in Red Pack. They were very good.
    >
    > I mostly use Delmonte diced. I love the fact that they are diced.
    > I lived in ancient times when there were no diced canned tomatoes
    > so you had to get canned whole tomatoes and chop them up. What a
    > nuisance. And there were seeds and hard bits from the stem end that
    > needed to be removed.
    >
    > Anyway, I like Delmonte but Red Pack is also excellent.
    >
    >> I read somewhere recently that Hunts products are not very good. That
    >> they
    >> have an odd aftertaste. I do buy that brand sometimes because it is
    >> cheap.
    >> But it is certainly not my favorite. On that episode of Cake Boss where
    >> they gave all the contestants the Hunts sauce to make the Italian dinner,
    >> I
    >> felt bad. Because I knew they weren't going to have the best sauce. I
    >> do
    >> think it is okay to add into a soup or something with other ingredients.
    >> But not for a pasta sauce.

    >
    > I've never cared for Hunt's.
    >
    >> I like the Contadina products and also the Pomi. Sometimes I can get
    >> some
    >> good Italian brands at places like Big Lots. But if I get it there, I
    >> may
    >> never get it again.

    >
    > Almost the only thing I see by Contadina is tomato paste. And I don't
    > think I've seen Pomi. Anyway, I tend to go by price a lot and Delmonte
    > is often on sale and I think it's cheaper in general. I could be wrong.
    > though.


    I buy Del Monte once in a while too.



  18. #18
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: Favorite tomatoes for sauce?


    "spamtrap1888" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    On Feb 9, 7:27 pm, "Julie Bove" <julieb...@frontier.com> wrote:
    > MIL is Italian/American and she swears by the Red Pack brand. We can not
    > get those here. Not sure if I could get them in NY or MA. Groceries were
    > cheaper in PA where she is so I would always buy them there and take them
    > back with me. She is right. They are very good.
    >


    Six In One: the pride of Escalon, CA. Available in Italian groceries
    across America

    Thanks! Haven't seen that one.



  19. #19
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: Favorite tomatoes for sauce?


    "Paul M. Cook" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:ij1cj0$3fg$[email protected]..
    >
    > "spamtrap1888" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    > On Feb 10, 12:27 am, "Paul M. Cook" <pmc...@gte.net> wrote:
    >> "Julie Bove" <julieb...@frontier.com> wrote in message
    >>
    >> news:iivlu7$as6$[email protected]..
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> > MIL is Italian/American and she swears by the Red Pack brand. We can
    >> > not
    >> > get those here. Not sure if I could get them in NY or MA. Groceries
    >> > were
    >> > cheaper in PA where she is so I would always buy them there and take
    >> > them
    >> > back with me. She is right. They are very good.

    >>

    >
    >> > I like the Contadina products and also the Pomi. Sometimes I can get
    >> > some
    >> > good Italian brands at places like Big Lots. But if I get it there, I
    >> > may
    >> > never get it again.

    >>

    >
    >> These are considered the best canned tomatoes by many:
    >>
    >> Cento Italian Peeled Tomatoes with Basil Leaf

    >
    > Meh
    >
    >> Muir Glen Organic Fire Roasted Whole Tomatoes

    >
    > Meh
    >
    >> Muir Glen Organic Whole Peeled Tomatoes

    >
    > Meh
    >
    >> Progresso Italian-Style Whole Peeled Tomatoes with Basil

    >
    > Not bad
    >
    >> Redpack Whole Peeled Tomatoes in Thick Puree

    >
    > I'm going to have to try to find these.
    >
    > While I wouldn't make these the foundation of my sauce, if you need
    > some chopped tomatoes for a recipe this time of year, I like S&W
    > canned chopped tomatoes. Here Costco carries them.
    >
    >
    > S&W is ok. After reading some reviews I think Pomi is the brand I want to
    > try the most. They come in BPA packaging which means no tinny taste,
    > which I can't stand.


    I love the Pomi packaging. Once in a while I go on a polenta kick for
    breakfast. I put a little tomato sauce on it and nuke it. I can just stick
    the opened box in the fridge and not worry about it.



  20. #20
    Dan Abel Guest

    Default Re: Favorite tomatoes for sauce?

    In article <ij1p4a$8a2$[email protected]>,
    "Julie Bove" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > "Nad R" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:ij0v84$3kd$[email protected]..


    > > Yes to garden fresh Romas ( any plum tomato will work ) because it the
    > > tomato is not that juicy to begin with. I go by the Ball Home preserving
    > > book. Cook, Strain and cook more until at least half has evaporated for a
    > > thick sauce. It takes a very very long time, several hours, to can ones
    > > own
    > > sauce. But i find it worth it. I believe tomato sauces is the most time
    > > consuming of all tomato canning processes.


    I take it you haven't tried catsup yet? We made tomato sauce twice. It
    was a lot of work for something that is cheap at the store. I doubt
    we'll do it again.

    > Sadly, tomatoes don't always grow well here. It usually doesn't get hot
    > enough. One year I got a bumper crop. But most years I am lucky to get one
    > or two that actually get ripe before fall. Or we get so much rain that they
    > split open.


    It doesn't seem well advertised, but it seems the secret to getting
    tomatoes in your case might be early tomatoes. Look for the ones with
    fewer days to maturity. Everybody wants those huge tomatoes that fill
    an entire sandwich, edge to edge, with one slice. However, those
    tomatoes require a long season of hot days and not cold nights. We have
    cold nights where I live, and some tomatoes just don't set fruit
    reliably.

    --
    Dan Abel
    Petaluma, California USA
    [email protected]

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