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Re: What brand of San Marzano tomatoes do you use?
« Reply #40 on: June 03, 2013, 11:19:00 AM »
Glad you enjoyed the Sclafani tomatoes! I'm looking forward to seeing the pics. Does the family like cento or Sclafani better?

I didn't get the sense that they really cared either way.

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Re: What brand of San Marzano tomatoes do you use?
« Reply #41 on: June 03, 2013, 02:06:47 PM »
I'll probably stick with the Cento Italian for NP - mainly because of the skin thing, but as far as crushed tomatoes go, the Sclafani are the best I've tasted.

It's funny, I'm really sensitive to the texture of tomato skin, and avoided crushed tomatoes for the longest time because of it.  I can't taste any skin whatsoever in the Sclafanis.

If the skin bothers you but you like the taste, you can always food mill them. Food milling is majorly labor intensive, but, considering all the prep you do, I think your middle name is 'labor intensive.' Compare to the copious other amount of prep you typically perform, tomato milling should be a drop in the bucket.
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Re: What brand of San Marzano tomatoes do you use?
« Reply #42 on: June 03, 2013, 02:43:44 PM »
The KitchenAid food mill/veggie strainer can really help streamline that step... Plus I use it for fresh tomatoes and dried chiles..

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Re: What brand of San Marzano tomatoes do you use?
« Reply #43 on: June 03, 2013, 03:17:50 PM »
It's funny, I'm really sensitive to the texture of tomato skin, and avoided crushed tomatoes for the longest time because of it.  I can't taste any skin whatsoever in the Sclafanis.

If the skin bothers you but you like the taste, you can always food mill them. Food milling is majorly labor intensive, but, considering all the prep you do, I think your middle name is 'labor intensive.' Compare to the copious other amount of prep you typically perform, tomato milling should be a drop in the bucket.

Actually lately I've been trying to make pies that are less labor intensive.  :)
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Re: What brand of San Marzano tomatoes do you use?
« Reply #44 on: June 03, 2013, 03:25:16 PM »
Actually lately I've been trying to make pies that are less labor intensive.  :)

That's good. I get tired just reading about all the work you do  ;D

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Re: What brand of San Marzano tomatoes do you use?
« Reply #45 on: June 03, 2013, 03:31:05 PM »
The KitchenAid food mill/veggie strainer can really help streamline that step... Plus I use it for fresh tomatoes and dried chiles..

http://amzn.com/B00004SGFK
Yes, but a food mill also eliminates any(good) chunkyness in the tomato; no?
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« Reply #46 on: June 03, 2013, 03:31:54 PM »
Yes, but a food mill also eliminates any(good) chunkyness in the tomato; no?

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« Reply #47 on: June 03, 2013, 03:34:55 PM »
Yes, but a food mill also eliminates any(good) chunkyness in the tomato; no?

We're getting into a somewhat subjective area here, but the Neapolitan sauces that I've had were generally not that chunky.  Also, I'm not sure about this, but I believe that a food mill might allow you some control over the final texture.

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Re: What brand of San Marzano tomatoes do you use?
« Reply #48 on: June 03, 2013, 04:02:37 PM »
I'll have to look a little more closely, but I've never had an issue with skins in Sclafani crushed tomatoes. If there's any in there it's gone unnoticed by me. Now 6 in 1's are another story, the ones you get from them by mail order are ground tomatoes with skin still on.

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« Reply #49 on: June 03, 2013, 04:04:29 PM »
Now 6 in 1's are another story, the ones you get from them by mail order are ground tomatoes with skin still on.
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Re: What brand of San Marzano tomatoes do you use?
« Reply #50 on: June 03, 2013, 04:54:28 PM »
I tried them tonight on NP (pics will be up tomorrow hopefully). They are without a doubt one of the finest tomatoes I've ever tasted. Deep tomato flavor and color and sweet as candy. I added about 1/2 cup of water to the can (it was too thick for my taste) and you couldn't even tell a difference in the flavor or sweetness. I thought it would be too rich and not acid enough for NP, but it was really good. The whole family liked them. The main comment was "you could taste it more - more tomato flavor." The one thing I don't like at all is the skin bits.

I'll probably stick with the Cento Italian for NP - mainly because of the skin thing, but as far as crushed tomatoes go, the Sclafani are the best I've tasted.
Sounds like they would be a good candidate for your beautiful looking Detroit Style pies; no?
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Re: What brand of San Marzano tomatoes do you use?
« Reply #51 on: June 03, 2013, 05:22:30 PM »
Sounds like they would be a good candidate for your beautiful looking Detroit Style pies; no?

You're right. They probably would be excellent on DS.
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Re: What brand of San Marzano tomatoes do you use?
« Reply #52 on: June 03, 2013, 05:58:28 PM »
I'll have to look a little more closely, but I've never had an issue with skins in Sclafani crushed tomatoes. If there's any in there it's gone unnoticed by me.

 ^^^ I guess Im not that sensitive about the skins to notice.
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Re: What brand of San Marzano tomatoes do you use?
« Reply #53 on: June 03, 2013, 06:01:06 PM »
I'll have to look a little more closely, but I've never had an issue with skins in Sclafani crushed tomatoes. If there's any in there it's gone unnoticed by me.

Not so much on the finished pie, but big-time rough mouthfeel straight out of the can.
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« Reply #54 on: June 03, 2013, 06:01:42 PM »
^^^ I guess Im not that sensitive about the skins to notice.
I like 'em...and sometimes you an your friends can get a good laugh out of your "pizza fool" smiling grin.  ;D
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Re: What brand of San Marzano tomatoes do you use?
« Reply #55 on: June 03, 2013, 06:29:45 PM »
I keep meaning to search for the Scalfani's. 

If you go to search be sure to find the right ones,  I tried the CT ones when I first moved here and I did not like them at all.

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Re: What brand of San Marzano tomatoes do you use?
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Re: What brand of San Marzano tomatoes do you use?
« Reply #57 on: August 12, 2013, 06:52:17 PM »
I use the Cento brand San Marzano whole peeled tomatoes for my pizza.  I add a few things and then I use my immersion blender to purée the tomatoes.  Makes a great pizza sauce.  I use different tomatoes when I make gravy and meatballs :)
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Re: What brand of San Marzano tomatoes do you use?
« Reply #58 on: August 12, 2013, 07:31:03 PM »
I use the Cento brand San Marzano whole peeled tomatoes for my pizza.  I add a few things and then I use my immersion blender to purée the tomatoes.  Makes a great pizza sauce.  I use different tomatoes when I make gravy and meatballs :)

Try the Cento "Italian" in the 35 oz can - as good if not better and at less than 1/2 the price.
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Re: What brand of San Marzano tomatoes do you use?
« Reply #59 on: March 06, 2014, 08:30:15 PM »
I know this is an old topic, but I just found the Scalfani crushed tomatoes on amazon for $24.74/case plus free shipping. I just bought some and plan to compare them to 6-in-1 brand.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00F9TCIQG/?tag=pizzamaking-20
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