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Offline Lydia

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Sure  ;D  The California Tomato Dept.  :-D


I'm expecting my pink slip any day now, since this company managed to form and grow without my knowledge  :-D :-D
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Hi


Just wanted to update on another option for these tomatoes. Amazon is carrying the organic Heavy concentrated crushed tomatoes. Should be great for the heavier sauces.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HYJRH9M/?tag=pmak-20
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In the continuing saga of CSI Tomato, I found the same tomatoes at Ralphs under a different label. The price was $1.27.
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Thanks for the update.

Over-all I'm finding the canned tomatoes that are in lined cans as tasting much better. Which of course makes obvious sense.  :)
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Now that Classico tomatoes are a thing of the past I'm on the hunt for good tomatoes for under $2 per can.

First Street tomatoes are a "fresh pack" California tomato.  They taste excellent. In fact, it was the first time I've made a sauce that impressed me.  Citric acid is listed as an ingredient, although it does not say whether it's naturally derived or not.  No calcium chloride.

The Sam's Club tomatoes are Wal Mart's upscale tomato with added dry organic basil.  The texture is more rustic than their "Great Value" tomatoes.o another?

Finally, I stocked up on the generic Wal Mart Great Value Tomatoes.  The last can I opened tasted incredible; among the best I've ever tasted.  However it didn't necessarily translate into my favorite sauce after I added my various spices and baking it on the pie.

Are you still using Walmart GV or have you moved on to another brand?  tks
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The above mentioned tomatoes are identical and that's what I use for the majority of my pizzas.  When I make several pizzas for friends and neighbors I'll break open the large can of Stanislaus Tomato Magic or 7-11.  The Stanislaus products are a little better, but it's not dramatically so.  My wife, my primary critic, can't tell them apart when they're on the pizza.
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The above mentioned tomatoes are identical and that's what I use for the majority of my pizzas.  When I make several pizzas for friends and neighbors I'll break open the large can of Stanislaus Tomato Magic or 7-11.  The Stanislaus products are a little better, but it's not dramatically so.  My wife, my primary critic, can't tell them apart when they're on the pizza.

tks. I just made a batch of your sauce recipe (extraction method) for tonight's pizza making. Anxious to try it out. Went to the Sam's site and it appears that they no longer carry their brand
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While I was in a local Kroger store yesterday, I saw that they had cans of a Kroger brand peeled crushed tomatoes. I checked the code on the bottom of the can and it read 5TPCG  OL. I thought that I would be able to find a large photo of the label on Google Images but the best I could find is the one shown below. The code suggests that the contents are fresh-pack tomatoes, along the lines of the former Classico crushed tomatoes that were quite close to the Escalon 6-in-1s. The price of the Kroger product is $1.29 for a 28-ounce can, or five cents more than the Wal-Mart Great Value crushed tomatoes.

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While I was in a local Kroger store yesterday, I saw that they had cans of a Kroger brand peeled crushed tomatoes. I checked the code on the bottom of the can and it read 5TPCG  OL. I thought that I would be able to find a large photo of the label on Google Images but the best I could find is the one shown below. The code suggest that the contents are fresh-pack tomatoes, along the lines of the former Classico crushed tomatoes that were quite close to the Escalon 6-in-1s. The price of the Kroger product is $1.29 for a 28-ounce can, or five cents more than the Wal-Mart Great Value crushed tomatoes.

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I've been using the Kroger brand crushed tomatoes exclusively for the past year or so on my NY style pizza. They are frequently on sale at my Kroger for $1.09, very good tomatoes IMO
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Jonas / others:

I was in Cash and Carry today (restaurants supplier division of Smart and Final).  They, as you would expect carry First Street.  Not remembering the reccomendation / discussion was about crushed tomatoes, I bought their whole peeled tomatoes ($1.57).  Any opinions or experience with these?  I figure if you say "not so good", then I can always put them in a sauce recipe and come out OK.

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Well, somebody's gotta be the first person to try them  ;D
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Seriously though, if there's no calcium chloride in the ingredients they're probably pretty darn good.
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oops, there is calcium chloride (tomatoes, tomato juice, calcium chloride and citric acid).............. :o
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You know what, I was at Smart & Final a few weeks ago and bought some First Street whole canned tomatoes. I was reluctant to but I thought I'd try them. They turned out to be very good.

I was too lazy maybe, or many it's not that, but I didn't put any spices in it. No salt, no sugar, no oregano, basil, nada, nothing. I think it's because I got lazy and just put it in the food processor and just crushed the check out of them and used that for sauce.  Actually, I think it was a combination of laziness and curiosity of how they would be without any added spices. The tomatoes when crushed up in the processor were bright red and vibrant.  On the pizza they tasted good. I can't say they were better than Alta Cucina but for under $2 for a big giant can you can't beat it.

I might get these tomatoes again since I can't find Alta Cucina anymore.


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I recently picked up a can of crushed tomatoes from Smart and Final.  Although the tomatoes are still "fresh pack", the can code has changed, 5TGPK OL. 

I made a sauce with it today and I noticed a slight flavor change that may fall within a standard deviation, or maybe not.  Adding a 1/2 tsp of sugar got the flavor to where I wanted it.  I just thought I would mention it to see if anyone else has come across these tomatoes to get more feedback.
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You guys are good!  Some expert pallets and detective work.   

I have inadvertently driven thru many miles of central San Joaquin valley tomato farms on the back roads.  I saw Escalon signs everywhere. California may be a land of fruits and nuts when it comes to some of the residents,  but it is also the land of plentiful fruits and veggies when it comes to food.  I have a love - hate for living in California.

LOL, born and raised in the Suburbs of LA and I still have a Love Love for living in California!!!

I've driven thru central and northern CA many a times and never saw any tomatoes and had no idea we are known for tomatoes.  I've seen plenty of cotton and grapes. Seen a bunch other but never tomatoes. 


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I know few around here are interested in puree, but these have an identical code to the Cento puree, as of about a week ago. They even sit right next to them on the shelf.

Unfortunately my Wal-Mart does not carry a Great Value crushed.

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