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Non-canned tomato options for pantry

beachmum Nov 30, 2011 06:58 AM

I'm looking for an alternative to canned tomatoes for the pantry. yes, I can buy fresh tomatoes, but i'm looking for places that sell tetra boxes of tomatos and sauce, or jarred tomato sauce (not pre-made spaghetti sauce, just raw tomatoes)? Thanks!

  1. greygarious Dec 26, 2011 06:26 PM

    Considering the reverence for Pomi, I was surprised to see it reviled in an America's Test Kitchen taste test just a couple of months ago.

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    1. re: greygarious
      smtucker Dec 26, 2011 07:01 PM

      But they admitted that the reason was the lack of salt. To me, that is one of the great attributes of Pomi.

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        jmcarthur8 Dec 27, 2011 11:21 AM

        Oh! Lack of salt is a benefit, as far as I'm concerned, too. I'd just as soon control that myself. Even more reason to hustle over to Big Lots!

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      beachmum Nov 30, 2011 06:23 PM

      Hey, thanks all. My local Tjoes doesn't carry it, but i'll be looking. will get the amazon Pomi--i had searched on amazon yesterday and didn't find that link, only something that included shipping. I want boxes b/c of the bpa problem with cans, tomatoes really leach the bpa out of those things. If anyone in the Boston area knows of any stores that carry Pomi for reasonable prices, I'm all ears. thanks all!

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      1. re: beachmum
        andieb Dec 1, 2011 05:39 AM

        Russo's would be your best bet. $3.00 a carton, so a little more expensive than Amazon.

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          zigzag Dec 26, 2011 11:27 AM

          As usual, Market Basket beats all. $1.99 for a 26.46 ounce Pomi box in Somerville for chopped or strained.

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            jmcarthur8 Dec 26, 2011 02:43 PM

            Got you beat. I picked up eight last week, of the strained and the chopped Pomi, and four today, at Big Lots for $1 each.
            I am going to go clean them out tomorrow, as I have already used up all the tomatoes that hubby canned for us this summer.
            This isn't the first time Big Lots has had Pomi, but it's not consistent. I usually pick up a few, but to tell you the truth, I had no idea that it was such a deal!

            1. re: jmcarthur8
              Barbara76137 Dec 26, 2011 02:56 PM

              I've been striking out lately at Big Lots, but you've now inspired me to check them out more regularly.

        2. re: beachmum
          smtucker Dec 26, 2011 02:55 PM

          I buy my Pomi at the Somerville Market Basket. When they are on sale, they border on dirt cheap.

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          jjjrfoodie Nov 30, 2011 09:58 AM

          For me I usually see Pomi brands in the septic box and Cento brand sells both tomato puree and plain tomato sauce in tall glass jars ( 28oz. jars).

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            GH1618 Nov 30, 2011 07:54 AM

            Is this what you want?


            Why would you prefer a box?

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            1. re: GH1618
              Gio Nov 30, 2011 10:20 AM

              Passata is a cooked tomato concentrate liquid. Pomi tomatoes are different. The tetra box is aseptic and for those of us who do not want to use BPA laden cans the tetra packaging is a godsend. So having a package of uncooked tomatoes with a shelf life of one year with no artificial anything added... only pure tomatoes... is super great.

              Here's a description of the Trader Joe's tomatoes - "Like Pomi."

            2. ChristinaMason Nov 30, 2011 07:22 AM

              Do you have a Trader Joe's nearby? They sell tomatoes in Tetra Pack.

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                GilaB Nov 30, 2011 07:15 AM

                I don't know where you're located and what brands are available there, but I've had good luck with the Pomi brand of tetra-pack chopped tomatoes. I think they also sell a tomato puree. It's the only tetra-packed brand in my small New York City supermarket.

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                1. re: GilaB
                  Gio Nov 30, 2011 07:21 AM

                  I concur. Since I can't search for Pomi in my area I buy the six pack of strained tomatoes from Amazon, of all places. They also sell the chopped tomato pack... They're very tasty. All natural Italian tomatoes,


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                    andieb Nov 30, 2011 07:57 AM

                    This is great! I usually buy them at Russo's, but this is cheaper through Amazon.

                    1. re: andieb
                      greygarious Dec 26, 2011 06:24 PM

                      Ocean State Job Lots has Pomi for $1.00.

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