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Offline Mick.Chicago

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Re: Malnati's tomatoes now available at their stores
« Reply #25 on: June 14, 2010, 02:27:47 PM »

I had a really bad Lou's the other night, its always best to go when they aren't rushed, but the crust tasted like it had been deep fried, if it was a thin crust and was treated the same way it would have been transparent, you could see into it, really bad. I only went to compare my crust and there tomatoes anyway...

Side by side with Organic Del Monte, the taste was very similar but the Lou's were a deeper red and a touch sweeter.


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Re: Malnati's tomatoes now available at their stores
« Reply #26 on: June 23, 2010, 08:46:07 AM »
The tomatoes are wonderful!  My Mother came to visit me and the fam over the weekend and brought SIX cans.  I busted a can open the other night and immediately was satisfied just seeing that they're large chunk, deseeded in puree.  The 28 oz. can had two tomatoes that were still whole but I think I know how to handle those. 

The best part of this is the yield as really no portion of the can will go wasted like when I usually need to eliminate about a third of the can when removing cores from whole tomatoes.  I wasn't sure how far one can would go so I only made a 12" pie but the can could easily do one 14" or two 9" or 10" pizzas.  Excellent flavor and perhaps a touch sweeter than the Cento's that I regularly purchase.  I dressed them up with my standard inclusion of salt, pepper, evoo, and fresh garlic.

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« Reply #27 on: November 30, 2010, 03:22:43 PM »

(I still haven't picked up a can from Lou's, but next time I am in the vicinity of one, I will pick up a can or two and compare them to my favorite white label 'san marzano' brand tomatoes.)

OK, I finally picked up a few cans of Lou Malnati's tomatoes when I was out in the burbs a few weeks ago.

I made a test pizza and here's my first observations:

I opened the can, which says 'random cut tomatoes' on it, and they sure ain't lyin'! -
Some of the tomatoes in the can were nearly whole, and the rest was a combo of crushed, diced and heavy puree.
I did a little mashing with a fork in the can to break down the larger pieces, and then added the whole can to a 12" deep dish pie.
(p.s. - SaCo cultured buttermilk powder is an interesting addition to a dough recipe).
The taste right out of the can was close to what i recall from the last time I was at a Lou Malnati's for pizza, but not as sweet,
 but the surprising thing is... those 'san marzano' brand white label diced and crushed tomatoes actually taste better to me!

So, while I'm sure glad to have the Lou's tomatoes on hand (and they were a steal at about $3 a can after tax),
I think I'm going to stick with my 'San Marzano' for future pizzas.
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Re: Malnati's tomatoes now available at their stores
« Reply #28 on: December 01, 2010, 10:31:15 AM »
I guess I have to put my two cents in here, too, as I've raved about these tomatoes ever since I've recently tried them (http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,6480.msg118579.html#msg118579 and http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,6480.msg116669.html#msg116669).  I found the Lou Malnati's tomatoes to be outstanding and better than anything I've ever tried for deep dish pizza purposes -- and I've tried most everything on the market, including the various types of 'San Marzanos,' which are very good, but just not as good IMHO.  I still love my 6 in 1's and Pastines, tho, but the Malnati's brand is superb.  Interested members should email Marc Malnati and request separate mail orders of just their great cans of tomato products, and not the whole "kit," esp. not the bright shiny pan.  They are incredibly good.
 
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Re: Malnati's tomatoes now available at their stores
« Reply #29 on: December 01, 2010, 11:06:14 AM »
I guess I have to put my two cents in here, too, as I've raved about these tomatoes ever since I've recently tried them (http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,6480.msg118579.html#msg118579 and http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,6480.msg116669.html#msg116669).  I found the Lou Malnati's tomatoes to be outstanding and better than anything I've ever tried for deep dish pizza purposes -- and I've tried most everything on the market, including the various types of 'San Marzanos,' which are very good, but just not as good IMHO. 

To be clear, I've tried a few brands of tomatoes that are FROM San Marzano that I agree are not as good as the Lou's tomatoes.
The ones I prefer are actually grown in California and distributed by a company in New Jersey. The have a white label that says 'San Marzano'.
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Re: Malnati's tomatoes now available at their stores
« Reply #30 on: December 01, 2010, 01:01:03 PM »
Yes, those are one of the brands that I was referring to.  I tried both the purple and blue trimmed cans, but not the green one, and they were very good, but to me, just not as tasty as the Malnati brand . . . but just by slivers, I guess. 

BTW, I've come across some new type of Pastines tomato cans that I had not seen before and they are great also.  Not just the "Kitchen Ready" kind, but these cans say "Chunky Style" and they are excellent, too.  They are brand new to me, but may have previously been on the market in addition to their regular variety, and I just hadn't come across them till now. 

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Re: Malnati's tomatoes now available at their stores
« Reply #31 on: December 01, 2010, 02:58:30 PM »
Escalon doesn't sell their products in stores in the Northwest so I just ordered 3 cans of 6 in 1 from their website. $3.33 a can plus .75 cents shipping. Not bad compared to what I usually pay for a 28oz can. Look forward to giving them a spin.

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« Reply #32 on: December 01, 2010, 04:12:21 PM »
JB, Highly recommend the use of Muir Glen diced tomatoes to supplement the 6 in 1 product (as seen in the picture at http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,6480.msg83550.html#msg83550).  This to produce a deep dish pizza closer to the Malnati/Uno model.  I used to order those 3 and 6 packs of 6 in 1's all the time until I found a local source for them.  The shipping rate is incredibly reasonable.  I wish other product suppliers would get on the bandwagon and utilize cheaper shipping methods.  I understand Bob's Red Mill in the northwest is now shipping via the new USPS flat rate boxes . . . . "if it fits it ships" . . . which saves the consumer quite a bit of money.  Maybe we can even talk Malnati's into doing something like that.

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Re: Malnati's tomatoes now available at their stores
« Reply #33 on: December 09, 2010, 09:29:32 AM »
Mick.Chicago,

I'm not sure that Malnati's sells only the LouToGo dough by itself anymore. At one time they did but then it seemed that they stopped. When I looked at the Malnati's website today, all I saw was a kit, with the LouToGo dough, canned tomatoes, and a pizza pan, at.......

Peter

This is my first post, but what the heck.  Might as well make it an informative one.  Peter, you are correct that on the website, the kit is the only thing that is available in terms of obtaining dough and sauce from out of state.  I called up the number and the lady said they have what is called a "Refill Kit".  This is essentially the lou-to-go dough and a can of tomatoes.  Of course, the extremely expensive shipping, I asked if they just sell their tomatoes online and she said "no".

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Re: Malnati's tomatoes now available at their stores
« Reply #34 on: March 02, 2014, 11:23:23 PM »
Apologies if I'm running afoul an unspeakable forum faux-pas by reviving this thread (i.e. I don't know if this has already been answered), but I was just curious if anyone knows if this is still a thing (Lou Malnatti's canned tomatoes). I can't find any DIY type "kits" at the provided link, and Google searches didn't turn up anything either.


EDIT: Nevermind. I just found the reason I shouldn't have revived this thread here: http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php?topic=19950.0
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Re: Malnati's tomatoes now available at their stores
« Reply #35 on: March 02, 2014, 11:37:56 PM »
Apologies if I'm running afoul an unspeakable forum faux-pas by reviving this thread

Don't worry.  Nate does it all the time.   :D

J/k

I think these were hen's teeth to begin with.  You can find Escalon 6-n-1, though, online for cheap.

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Re: Malnati's tomatoes now available at their stores
« Reply #36 on: March 03, 2014, 12:17:26 AM »
Yeah, they don't sell the cans anymore.

As already mentioned, there was a followup thread to this thread from 7-9-2012 that got moved to the "Sauce Ingredients" section,
titled "Lou Malnatis is no longer selling their famous canned tomatoes"
http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php?topic=19950.0

I still have 2 cans of Lou's tomatoes in my pantry.
The "best by" date is 3-2012. They are still edible as long as the seal is good, but it's unknown whether the flavor has gone further south.
Haven't used them up yet because I like the Muir Glen Crushed w Basil better, and I was planning on saving at least one can as a collector's item.
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Re: Malnati's tomatoes now available at their stores
« Reply #37 on: March 03, 2014, 09:43:34 AM »
Yeah, they don't sell the cans anymore.

As already mentioned, there was a followup thread to this thread from 7-9-2012 that got moved to the "Sauce Ingredients" section,
titled "Lou Malnatis is no longer selling their famous canned tomatoes"
http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php?topic=19950.0

I still have 2 cans of Lou's tomatoes in my pantry.
The "best by" date is 3-2012. They are still edible as long as the seal is good, but it's unknown whether the flavor has gone further south.
Haven't used them up yet because I like the Muir Glen Crushed w Basil better, and I was planning on saving at least one can as a collector's item.

The flavor quality has most likely gone down.  I tried a can 3 months past it's date and it wasn't as good.  Try the Alta Cucina plum tomatoes if you can get them.  They blow the muir glens out of the water.  I can yhe huge cans from RD for only $4.24 each!

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Re: Malnati's tomatoes now available at their stores
« Reply #38 on: March 03, 2014, 09:44:06 AM »
Don't worry.  Nate does it all the time.   :D

J/k

I think these were hen's teeth to begin with.  You can find Escalon 6-n-1, though, online for cheap.

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I see what you did there.  Cute!
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Re: Malnati's tomatoes now available at their stores
« Reply #39 on: March 03, 2014, 11:14:34 AM »
lol.   :-D

I was hoping you'd see that.

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Re: Malnati's tomatoes now available at their stores
« Reply #40 on: March 03, 2014, 11:42:54 AM »
I once had a discussion about the Malnati's tomatoes with a Dallas food broker. I reported on that discussion at Reply 158 at http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php?topic=10161.msg94210#msg94210. There are a few places that sell the San Benito tomatoes at mail-order retail, such as at http://atsiravo.com/presta/category.php?id_category=10 and at some Sam's Clubs, at http://www.samsclub.com/sams/san-benito-mission-s-best-tomatoes-102-oz-can/157827.ip but they are generally hard to find. From what I have seen in Malnati videos, I would think that the San Benito whole peeled round or whole plum tomatoes would be good choices for a Malnati's style deep-dish pizza.

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« Reply #41 on: March 03, 2014, 03:31:59 PM »
I once had a discussion about the Malnati's tomatoes with a Dallas food broker. I reported on that discussion at Reply 158 at http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php?topic=10161.msg94210#msg94210. There are a few places that sell the San Benito tomatoes at mail-order retail, such as at http://atsiravo.com/presta/category.php?id_category=10 and at some Sam's Clubs, at http://www.samsclub.com/sams/san-benito-mission-s-best-tomatoes-102-oz-can/157827.ip but they are generally hard to find. From what I have seen in Malnati videos, I would think that the San Benito whole peeled round or whole plum tomatoes would be good choices for a Malnati's style deep-dish pizza.

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« Reply #42 on: March 03, 2014, 03:40:11 PM »
This is probably a dumb question, buy have you had Lou Malnati's deep dish before?

SFNoir,

It's not a dumb question at all. I spent a lot of time researching the Malnati's pizza before and, although I once lived for a brief time in the Chicago area, I do not recall having a Malnati's deep-dish pizza.

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Re: Malnati's tomatoes now available at their stores
« Reply #43 on: March 03, 2014, 04:35:01 PM »
SFNoir,

It's not a dumb question at all. I spent a lot of time researching the Malnati's pizza before and, although I once lived for a brief time in the Chicago area, I do not recall having a Malnati's deep-dish pizza.

Peter

I only ask because it strikes me that you might be at a disadvantage trying to match a distinct taste of tomatoes to something you hadn't tried before. Although, I appreciate the careful deductions of possible places he may have gone approach.

I've had Malnati's twice, and the second time was because the first time was so damn good. The three things that stood out the most for me were the crust, the sausage, and the tomatoes. Perhaps most distinctly different than anything else I'd tried were the tomatoes. They didn't taste canned. They tasted fresh, zesty, and a little sweet, like heirloom organic sweet. They were a tomato's tomato.

Everything I've tried since then hasn't really come close to matching them. As you know, he mentioned sending guys out to California to get fresh "vine-ripened plum tomatoes." Given the mounting list of distributors in California, I haven't had much luck getting my hands on them and certainly there's nothing saying that I ever will, as his partnership was likely proprietary.

One thing worth noting is that California is home to several disease vectors affecting tomatoes, specifically the beet leafhopper (I learned this the hard way trying to grow a variety of hot peppers, and some heirloom tomatoes organically in Northern California). Subsequently disease-resistant hybrid cultivars are preferred among local growers (although I'm not sure any hybridization has immunized any tomatoes from curly-top virus yet) That narrows the field some I think, but the search continues.
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Re: Malnati's tomatoes now available at their stores
« Reply #44 on: March 03, 2014, 05:26:21 PM »
I only ask because it strikes me that you might be at a disadvantage trying to match a distinct taste of tomatoes to something you hadn't tried before. Although, I appreciate the careful deductions of possible places he may have gone approach.
SFNoir,

You are correct, it is a disadvantage. I mentioned the two San Benito tomato products, both of which are fresh pack tomatoes, with the idea that they will require crushing and maybe draining to get them to the state where they are on the chunky side and can be used in the deep-dish pizzas without excessive liquid. It is also possible that Malnati's is using crushed tomatoes along with the other tomatoes to get the desired final texture of the sauce. Our other members who are fans of the Malnati's deep-dish pizza will have a better grasp of the matter than I.

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On a similar note, I was just in my local Roundy's Supermarket and they had Muir Glen canned tomatoes on sale for $1.75 per can.
I like the the "Crushed with Basil" straight out of the can for deep dish.
The bonus is that a lot of these cans have the "Save $1.00 when you buy two cans" coupon, so that makes each can $1.25!!!

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