Best Canned Tomato Brand


#1

Going through a heavy Audrey Hepburn nostalgia phase here, gonna try her pasta sauce recipe. You can use either fresh or canned tomatoes. I can’t stand the thought of going to the trouble of peeling not great store bought tomatoes (garden fresh is a different issue), so what do people here like? I usually buy whatever’s cheapest at Fairway. I’m thinking that TJ’s has good stuff.


#2

Consistently Redpack (sometimes sold as Red Gold) has been voted #1 by Consumer Reports, Epicurious, and several other groups for decades. I use them more than most other brands and I tend to agree. I think I may put Cento as my #2. I also like Tuttorosso. I don’t like Muir Glenn. Totally inconsistent, and metallic tasting.


#3

Cento or Tuttarosso at my house. Publix almost always has a special on one or the other.

I do love the fire roasted ones, though… Hunts makes one that’s much cheaper than Muir Glen.


#4

Agree w/you about Muir Glen. I bought them on the recommendation of some food writer, forget who, and was underwhelmed.


(Lamb Owner) #5

A friend who is an obsessive pizza baker once did an expansive taste test and named Sclafani the best. I haven’t found it in Houston but it is available on Amazon for a price.


(Lamb Owner) #6

Uh, like all my life. She has recipes???


#7

Yes, tons of them.

It seems like her two sons are in competition on the internet to give mum’s recipes.

The younger son, Andrea Dotti, came out with a very nice book called Audrey at Home, which is a combination of memoir and recipes.

The pasta sauce in Andrea’s book calls for garden fresh tomatoes, but I don’t have that so I will use canned.


#8

My favorite, when I can find it, is LaValle. But make sure to get the green DOP can and not the yellow…which isn’t all that bad really, if that’s all you can find.


#9

The La Valle DOP are excellent. Very sweet and tender. Any DOP tomatoes from the San Nocerino region are wonderful. Cento certified are also very good. Avoid any that have a lot of calcium chloride, such as the San Marzano brand in the white, red and green can. They can be tough and don’t soften in cooking.


(John) #10

I like Redpack. It’s a very good product and a very green & progressive company. I mostly use Sclafani which, although made by B&G Foods, I think is mostly a local brand. Sclafani labeled tomatoes are 100% New Jersey tomatoes.


#11

I forgot to add Alessi DOP. They are also excellent. And, if you are near a Wegman’s, their house DOP are also excellent.


#12

What is a DOP tomato?


(Doo B. Wah) #13

Just what are DOP tomatoes? Good question. The short answer? DOP stands for the Italian phrase Denominazione d’ Origine Protetta (roughly, “protected designation of origin”).


#14

It’s a certification from the Italian government that the tomatoes are San Marzano variety, grown in the San Marzano region of Italy and canned according to a particular process. Lots of people don’t find them any better than other tomatoes. I happen to find them consistently tender and sweet so I use them for my pasta sauce. For soups and other dishes where tomatoes aren’t front and center, I’m not as particular.


(Gwenn) #15

Me too. Sometimes they have it in a local Italian market here.


#16

I used to get it at Fairway most of the time, but I do spot the yellow label cans in regular supermarkets occasionally too.

I also wanted to send some to my sister in Calif, and discovered Amazon has it for sale…good for special occasions anyway, they’re not cheap with the shipping costs added.


(Gwenn) #17

Another good one is Vantia. And they make a wonderful plain tomato sauce, if you can find it.


#18

I use crushed/ground tomatoes. I like Stanislaus Tomato Magic the best but they are sold mostly in #10 institutional cans to restaurants. I get them @ Restaurant Depot. If I don’t have those I use Tuttorosso crushed in the blue can, not the cheaper green can. If you prefer to use whole peeled Nina are pretty good but I’m still looking for a great San Marzano brand of whole peeled. I’ve tried at least fifty over the years. The best tomato product I ever had was San Marzano Cento Passata but it’s hard to find. Be careful they also make a non- San Marzano variety.


#19

In my experience, crushed is almost like tomato sauce.


#20

What about Trader Joe’s? They seem to have a few different brands - any favorites?