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Pomi boxed tomatoes - yyc

cellophane_star Mar 27, 2012 07:29 PM

Has anyone seen these boxed Italian chopped tomatoes in Calgary? They come in tetra packs, like juice.

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    Scary Bill RE: cellophane_star Mar 28, 2012 09:15 AM

    Just want to follow your thread cello. I'd be interested too, since I am increasingly freaked out whenever I open a can of tomatoes and see the BPA laced plastic lining, which Pomi doesn't have.

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      cellophane_star RE: Scary Bill Mar 28, 2012 11:42 AM

      Eden Organics brand, available at Community Natural Foods, Planet Organic, etc. sells many varieties of tomatoes in BPA free cans. They're my canned tomato of choice but Italian tomatoes are best for certain uses. I have a feeling Pomi might only be sold in the States. I haven't checked the usual places in Calgary yet though (Cookbooks Co, Lina's, etc).

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        Scary Bill RE: cellophane_star Mar 29, 2012 08:24 AM

        Pomi is sold in a number of Toronto based local chains like Longo's and Highland Farms, stores with Italian beginnings. As well I recall seeing it at Loblaws, so it is in Canada, and may be at Superstore, a Loblaws chain, thouh I haven't looked, but will next time.

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          cellophane_star RE: Scary Bill Mar 30, 2012 02:13 PM

          I visited both Cookbooks Co and Lina's today. neither had boxed tomatoes but Lina's does have organic tomato puree in glass jars.

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            Scary Bill RE: cellophane_star Apr 2, 2012 08:13 AM

            Went to The Italian Store (Scarpone's) , and none there, though they have a pretty broad selection of Italian tomatoes. Mrs Scary couldn't walk out without a case of San Marzano's in the BPA lined cans. Maybe I'm building up a resistance.
            Anyway, also went to Superstore (Loblaws of Calgary) and looked in the regular aisle as well as the organic aisle, and found no Pomi, only canned.

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              cellophane_star RE: Scary Bill Apr 2, 2012 05:59 PM

              I wonder if Pomi is even sold in Canada. Maybe I should email the company.

              Thanks for checking those stores!

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                Scary Bill RE: cellophane_star Apr 3, 2012 08:29 AM

                Cello as I mentioned in an earlier post, they are sold at a few supermarket chains in the Toronto area. One is Loblaws which owns Superstore., but they are not sold there, at least not in Calgary. Next place to try then would be the Real Canadian Wholesale Club, again another Loblaws company, with a focus on bulk food purchases. They may be there, but if so, available in bulk only.

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                  cellophane_star RE: Scary Bill Apr 3, 2012 09:55 AM

                  oh right... you DID say that! haha. I forgot ;)

                  Keep me posted.

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      mpad RE: cellophane_star Apr 3, 2012 08:49 AM

      Sorry, don't know about Calgary, but they are sold in the Italian Center supermarkets in Edmonton, so they may be available somewhere in Calgary.

      Should note that Pomi placed dead last in Cook's Illustrated ratings of diced tomatoes.

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        cellophane_star RE: mpad Apr 3, 2012 09:56 AM

        I saw them in Bon Appetit or Cooking Light as a recommended brand of boxed tomatoes. I don't read Cook's Illustrated... is it a more reliable source?

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          mpad RE: cellophane_star Apr 3, 2012 02:52 PM

          It will have been blind tasted by a panel along with a dozen or so other brands in a variety of applications.

          I can't at the moment, though, remember what their objection was to Pomi. I'd have to dig through my old magazines to try to find the review.

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            Scary Bill RE: mpad Apr 3, 2012 02:58 PM

            Different reviews:

            http://www.recipe4living.com/articles...

            I scanned several other reviews and all except Cooks Illustrated were very positive to over the top. Cooks maybe got a bad batch.

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