Best Canned Tomatoes

by The Mennella's
(Marlboro, NJ)

Hi, I am on the search for the best canned tomatoes to use in our Sunday sauce... as I began testing and searching the web it's amazing what a difference there is on both opinion and taste.

Anyway, these are the brands I'm interested in further input on..

1. Pomi

2. Jersey Fresh

3. Progresso Italian Style WHOLE peeled tomatoes with basil - I know you rated one up top, but these kind rated number one on some sites.

4. Pastosa - we live in NJ, but they are originally from New York although I believe are canned in California.

5. Coluccio & Sons in Brooklyn, New York cans their own tomatoes and is also supposed to be really good.

6. Trader Joe's Organic canned tomatoes.

These were some of the brands that were raved about on other sites and would like your opinion (if you would be so kind) and are able to get them.

I want to find a brand that doesn't give that bitter after taste, especially that can taste which is why I was leaning toward Pomi and Muir Glen which seem to be packed differently.

We tried Pastosa's own brand last night and thought it was excellent. We also tried Sclafani, not sure if it was the same as you rated above and thought it was awful - bitter tasting. We've always used Tutto rosa crushed in the past, but haven't been happy with the taste in a while.

Just thought you might want to know.


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Feb 10, 2014
by: Anonymous

Pastosa! I've been using them for years and have found that they're the lowest in acid. Sweet and fresh tasting. Always consistent. Frank

Feb 01, 2013
Patosas tomatoes
by: Geri

Pastosa's crushed or ground far make the best sauce ever!!!

May 10, 2012
Never too old.........
by: Anonymous

Try "Tuttorosso Crushed Tomatoes in Thick Puree with Basil", blue label.

Cook's Illustrated (America's Test Kitchen TV show) rated these #1 & used them in their Sunday Sauce recipie. They are quite good.

They also make a "New York Style", green label that are cheaper but not nearly as good. They can be used alone but I like to use these & some good whole peeled to make my marinara sauce.

I was always a whole peeled San Marzano kind of guy but this old dog has learned a new trick!

Mar 07, 2012
My favorite canned tomatoe
by: Cathy

Hello! Not sure if your from "the neighborhood" but you mention all my stores in your post. Anyone, and I mean little Italian Grandmas, use Sclafani crushed tomatoes. They are found in key foods and are sweet and delicious!

It was a little old Italian couple who pointed them out to me a few years ago, and I've been hooked ever since!

Feb 01, 2012
canned tomatoes for Sunday sauce
by: Anonymous

I agree that most tomatoes either have a bitter or sour taste. I come from a long line of authentic Italian cooks. My family either cans our own tomatoes or we use Redpack crushed. I haven't had good results with most of the Italian brands except for Pastosa. Redpack is consistent.

Mar 01, 2011
This is a foodie posting about Canned tomatoes
by: Kira from Pasta Recipes by Italians

It's so great to hear from you and your opinion of canned tomatoes. I can tell you are a real foodie to put that much thought into your tomato sauce recipe.

I don't have a Trader Joe's here on the East coast so I can't rate this brand of canned tomato right away but the next time I get out to California I promise to buy a can and rate them.

Same goes for the Pastosa, the Coluccio & Sons and the Jersey fresh brands of canned tomatoes. But if I run into them I will buy them. I always look for brands I haven't rated when I travel so I can try new brands.

This canned tomato comparison is also a guide to know what to look for. As you know, there are differences.

I have to tell you that I am not a fan, at all, of Progresso canned tomato.

When you do make your sauce please fill me in and post it on the easy pasta recipes page. I love to see and hear how it comes out!


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