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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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Re: Malnati's tomatoes now available at their stores
« 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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Re: Malnati's tomatoes now available at their stores
« 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.

Peter

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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!!!

SCORE!
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