After reading numerous glowing reviews on Stanilaus and Eschalon products I decided to order a bunch of stuff from PennMac (thanks for the tip Bill!). When ordering from them, shipping seems insane. $50 worth of product and about $50 in shipping. The more your order the more you save on shipping. So i ordered and then added some more to the order.
Pic 1 are 6# cans.
thought I would try one of each of the most popular ones.
I decided for tonight's pie, I would try the Stanilaus SuperDolce first. This is a heavy and sweet pizza sauce. When I first open the can, I notice the paste was a bright red color with glistening like gold in sunshine. Smell wasn't anything out of the ordinary. I took a spoon and tasted a bit and WHOA!! Really naturally sweet, very tomatoey taste. I was blown away by how sweet this was. I looked at the can and on the label and it says "packed from fresh tomatoes, not from concentrate". hmmmppp...
Next I noted how thick and pastey this stuff was. It's a pizza sauce so you can use it straight from the can as is. The ingredients list fresh vine riped tomatoes, salt, basil, and naturally derived citric acid. So the sauce is basically super thick tomato paste.
I like thick sauces but this was really thick, so I diluted it down a bit with bottled water and retasted. Wow! just as sweet as before. So immediately I'm thinking what a deal. A 6lb can would really make 8 or more lbs of sauce. The sauce was really great by itself. But I couldn't help but added some of my usual spices. A bit of oregano, basil, ground red pepper, OO, a bit of salt and WOW! still really really good.
Baked a pie with it and was blown away at how much better the pizza tasted over my usual pies. I have used Cento (SM DOP, italian whole tomatoes, crushed, puree), Ferarre (sp?), Glen Miurs (reg and organic), etc. Being a newbie, I haven't gotten a chance to try all the best out there, but these were seriously great.
Now onto what a potential value this product is. The can i got is 6lbs 13oz or 109 oz. I made 6 oz ziplock packages for storage. I figure I could add another 2 oz of water and get 8 oz of sauce, enough for 2 - 12" pies? That's about 18 packages or 36 pies. This can without shipping was about $6. Hard to calculate shipping since it was in with other things but I'm guessing about $5 per big can. So some simple math and you get around 30c for sauce per 12" pie. That's cheap.
How to store the extra sauce. Well I'm currently doing a test between jarring vs freezing. Will post results when ready. In the meantime here are some pics.
I can't wait to try the other Stanilaus products. I'm sure they are just as good.