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Nov 30, 2011 06:58 AM

Non-canned tomato options for pantry

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!

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  1. 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

      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,

      1. re: Gio

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

        1. re: andieb

          Ocean State Job Lots has Pomi for $1.00.

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

        1. re: GH1618

          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. 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).

          1. 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

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

              1. re: andieb

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

                1. re: zigzag

                  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

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

              2. re: beachmum

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