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March 7, 2019

You Say Tomatoes. We Say Canned Tomatoes

By Kendra Bailey Morris

Tomato_soupWhy wait until summer for your guests to enjoy fresh-tasting, creative recipes featuring vine-ripened tomatoes when there’s a secret weapon you might already have in your kitchen—canned tomatoes.

When winter is at its peak, fresh picked tomatoes are not only difficult to find, but are often no match to the plump, juicy, acidic fruit harvested during the summer. As a result, many kitchens tend to relegate tomato-focused dishes to the back burner while impatiently waiting for the summer growing season to begin.

But you don’t need to give up on tomatoes just yet. Canned tomatoes can be an excellent substitute in many recipes (and even the star of the show in some cases). With a little imagination and a few tricks of the trade, you can create exciting dishes that showcase the versatility of canned tomatoes and go beyond the standard pasta sauces and chilis.

From hearty seafood stews to piquant tomato-based curries, canned tomatoes can be incorporated into your menu in a variety of ways that are both creative and crowd-pleasing. And the best part? Canned tomatoes are not only an economical option, but they also have a long shelf life so it’s easy to keep plenty of cans on hand.

When it comes to choosing canned tomatoes there are several types to pick from: whole peeled tomatoes, diced tomatoes, stewed tomatoes, crushed tomatoes in purée and puréed tomatoes. Whole tomatoes tend to be the most versatile as chefs can dice, crush or purée them in order to achieve a specific desired consistency based on their recipe requirements.

So, now that you’ve got your cans, what to do with all those tomatoes?

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