Trader Joe's Unsalted, Whole & Peeled Canned Plum Tomatoes are a great value and choice for making homemade tomato sauce.
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.
When I can't get my own tomatoes from my garden, I turn to canned. Like the ones from Trader Joe's!
? Why Buy?
Here is why I like Trader Joe's Unsalted, Whole & Peeled Canned Plum Tomatoes.
- Good value
- Plum shaped
- No added salted
- Already peeled
There are a good value. 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.
I used two cans of the tomatoes to 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.
? Replacement for San Marzano Tomatoes
Do you have a recipe that calls for San Marzano tomatoes? These tomatoes would be a nice substitute. I don't think they are as good but these are easy to find.
If you want to find the real San Marzano tomatoes, read this post.
? Do They Contain GMO Ingredients?
There aren't any 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. I think with the rise of green house grown tomatoes you may not seen another attempt at producing a GMO tomato any time soon.
So if you can't get the real, fresh deal, you can get these cans of tomatoes at your local Trader Joe's.