Buying canned tomatoes seems like a rather simple thing to do, right? I mean, after all, it's just tomatoes in a can. It IS simple to buy canned tomatoes, but I've learned that it's not 'just' tomatoes. There are a few things to know that can enhance the flavors of the dishes you are cooking.
I used to buy diced and pureed tomatoes, but decided that I could just as easily dice or puree them myself. I had been doing that for a few weeks when I read about the process the manufacturer uses to choose which tomatoes get canned whole, and which are diced or pureed. And here it is: the flawless, unscarred, firm, and perfect tomatoes are canned whole, whereas the blemished or scarred tomatoes are diced or pureed. Hmmm …. which tomatoes would YOU rather have in your dish?
The ultimate in quality and taste is in San Marzano tomatoes from the prime growing region for plum tomatoes in Italy! This is the one in my pantry right now …
I buy tomatoes with no other seasoning added … if I want basil or green chilies in them, I add fresh. I still have a need for tomato sauce and tomato paste on occasion. I like to buy tomato paste in a tube since I rarely use as much as a whole 6 ounce can. (The link is to Amazon, but I just buy it at the grocery store.)
There ya go … buying canned tomatoes: DEMYSTIFIED!