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Old 05-24-2011, 10:11 AM   #1
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San Marzano Tomatoes worth a try?

I have been using hunts crushed tomatoes to make my pizza sauce. But I heard the imported San marzano tomatoes are supposed to be good. Does anyone have experience with it and has compared it with American tomatoes? Does it really make a difference?

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Old 05-24-2011, 10:20 AM   #2
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I use them and like them. They are quite expensive compared to other canned tomatoes.
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Old 05-24-2011, 10:21 AM   #3
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I use them and like them. They are quite expensive compared to other canned tomatoes.
thanks. do you order them online? which site is reliable?
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Old 05-24-2011, 10:24 AM   #4
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thanks. do you order them online? which site is reliable?
No I get them at Trader Joes or my grocery Like Andy says they are expensive but when you taste your pasta gravey you will be amazed.
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Old 05-24-2011, 10:28 AM   #5
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That's right. Supermarket shelves. You also have to be sure you get the real deal. They have to be certified SM tomatoes with the appropriate seals of approval.
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That's right. Supermarket shelves. You also have to be sure you get the real deal. They have to be certified SM tomatoes with the appropriate seals of approval.
I was going to mention that. I bought some tomatoes that said they were from San Marzano and had some things on the label that looked like seals, but on closer examination were not certification. I didn't notice anything special about the flavour.

I don't feel ripped off - I bought them at Costco because they were the cheapest canned tomatoes with no weird chemicals. I hadn't even heard of San Marzano at the time.
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Old 05-24-2011, 10:38 AM   #7
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Here's some more info on the certifications: Pastene, san marzano tomatoes, imported from italy
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For what it's worth, we grow San Marzano tomatoes in our garden and wouldn't plant anything else. They are wonderful. Great for canning and they make awesome sauce.
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For what it's worth, we grow San Marzano tomatoes in our garden and wouldn't plant anything else. They are wonderful. Great for canning and they make awesome sauce.
I agree! For plum/roma tomatoes, they are the BEST. They also make awesome tomato paste.
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Ive seen them at walmart, for just a little more than the regular tomatoes. I buy them all the time.
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