There Are Only Two Kinds Of Canned Tomatoes You Should Mess With

There Are Only Two Kinds Of Canned Tomatoes You Should Mess With

Shopping for anything in this day and age can be an overwhelming experience. Not only are there way too many types toothpaste, but even choosing something as simple as canned tomatoes for making sauce can befuddle a consumer. Luckily, there are only two varieties that really matter.

Photo by J. Kenji López-Alt.

There are whole tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and tomato puree, but according to Monsieur Kenji of Serious Eats, the only ones you need to worry about for sauce making purposes are whole, peeled tomatoes and tomato paste.

Click the link below for the complete explanation, but it boils down to this:

So diced tomatoes are too firm, crushed tomatoes are too inconsistent, and tomato purée is too cooked — which is why in my pantry, you’ll only see whole peeled tomatoes packed in juice (I prefer Muir Glen and Cento brands) and tomato paste.

And just like that, shopping got a whole lot simpler. (Well, shopping for canned tomatoes did; toothpaste is still way too complicated.)

What Type of Canned Tomatoes Should I Use? [Serious Eats]


  • I suppose that’s fine for the anal each cube of tomato has to be the same size and i have way too much time on my hands so i can prepare it the way i want it crowd.

    Personally, i generally always buy diced tomatoes and tomato paste as i rarely have a need to use whole canned tomatoes and i can still blend/mash the diced tomatoes if i need to.

  • These days it’s hard to find 100% tinned tomatoes. The vast majority have added sugar. Ardmona is the only brand at my local supermarket which doesn’t.

  • Ardmona & some Aldi (which is made by Ardmona SPC) tomatoes are Australian.
    Our market is used as a dumping ground for low quality Italian imports.

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