When it comes to canned goods, I typically won’t even consider them. The only exception I make is tomatoes. Canned tomatoes are canned at their peak. The tomatoes you find in the grocery store are often picked early, and then treated to turn them red, so their sweetness and flavor aren’t as developed. So when I can’t get my own tomatoes from my garden, I turn to canned. I have tried many different types of canned tomatoes. I recently tried some from Trader Joe’s. They were selling for $1.49 for a 28 oz can, which is a very good deal. When I bought them I was thinking if I like this, these are going to be my new standard as they are such a value. Another thing I like about them is that they were plum shaped tomatoes. These make for a better sauce, due to their meaty interior. I also like that they were unsalted, which means I have full control over salting, which is always something I want.
These tomatoes made a great tomato sauce. I used two cans and it made enough sauce for 8 ounces of bucatini pasta as well as some leftover which I froze to make a pizza at another date. Even thought the cans contained some basil already, I still add some fresh basil to the sauce, as I wanted that fresh taste.
Are Trader Joe’s Plum Tomatoes GMOs?
All Trader Joe labeled product are GMO free. There also isn’t genetically modified tomatoes currently in mass production. It was attempted in the 1990s with the Flavr Savr variety but it ended up being a miserable failure – thankfully!
So if you can’t get the real, fresh deal, you can get these cans of tomatoes at your local Trader Joe’s.