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Jul 13, 2012 12:13 PM

Kosher PBA-free plain tomato sauce? does it exist?

I am looking for kosher PBA-FREE cans, bottles, cartons of plain tomato sauce (no basil or other crazy spices or marinara added, plain plain tomato sauce, like Huntz would be OK). The only one I found so far is Pomi', which is OK but don't go crazy for, but I was wondering if there were any (kosher) brands that had them in glass bottles (like they have them in Italy) or at least in PBA-FREE cans - I bought TUTTOROSSO tomato sauce from ShopRite last year and was pleasantly surprised to noticed that the cans were lined white, which I believe might help leaching? Not sure though, so my search continues ....
Hope someone can help.

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  1. Sorry I can't answer your question. Do you mean BPA free?

    1. Marinara is a style of tomato sauce, it is not something added

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      1. re: bagelman01

        Barilla Traditional Marinara may fill the bill. It's packaged in glass jars, and I found several websites that say Barilla sauces are kosher (but you should check the jar just in case).

        Bagelman is right -- Marinara is the plainest tomato sauce you'll find, other than Hunt's, Heinz, or making your own with plain canned/jarred tomatoes or tomato puree.

        Isn't BPA only found in plastic and metal, not glass? Could someone enlighten me?

        1. re: Chowbird

          You, Chowbird, may consider Barilla's Marinara plain, but their own website describes it thusly:

          "To create this classic and versatile Marinara sauce, Barilla starts with fresh tomatoes, onions, and a unique combination of spices - basil, oregano and garlic. Our special cooking technique allows each of the sauce's ingredients to simmer down until all the flavors are perfectly balanced."

          Don't know if it will be plain enough for the OP.

          1. re: queenscook

            I am so confused. OP wants BPA free canned sauce (yes BPA not PBA lol), but doesn't like Pomi sauce OR anything with spices?
            Although anything in a glass bottle would be ok, the only tomato sauce i am aware of, that does not come in cans, is Pomi.
            OP- i recommend making your own tomato sauce if you cannot find anything to suit.

            1. re: marissaj

              I think the OP is looking for tomato paste, not tomato sauce.

              1. re: avitrek

                "PBA-FREE cans, bottles, cartons of plain tomato sauce (no basil or other crazy spices or marinara added, plain plain tomato sauce, like Huntz would be OK)"

                Maybe OP can clarify since right now we are all shooting in the dark?

          2. re: Chowbird

            I think you meant to reply to the OP. I'm not looking for commercial tomato sauce.

        2. I did a search and besides POMI it looks like the tomato products from Muir Glen are in BPA free cans. They do make a tomato sauce. I did see a letter posted that was from them saying that all their tomato products from the 2011 harvest are BPA free, but there is nothing on their website.

          Hunt's apparently has their plain tomatoes in a BPA free can but not their other products. Also could not find this information on their website.

          FYI BPA can be found in the lids of glass jars, some are free of it but not all lids.

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          1. re: kosherGlutenFree

            Thanks kosherGrutenfree - that's what I wanted to know.
            I really hate all the spices they put in the tomato sauces in the glass jars, I love the plain tomato sauces like Huntz (NOT tomato paste) - I also found that the only tomato sauce that doesn't come in cans is Pomi. Italy sells its fresh tomato sauces only in glass bottles, I dont understand why it is so difficult for Americans to do the same .....
            I hate Marinara sauce, and I specified I don't want marinara because that's the first thing people usually recommend, I am looking for Plain plain tomato sauce, nothing added (I know huntz has onion powder, and garlic added, I would prefer without).

          2. Not sure why a white interior of a can is a positive finding. Isn't the supposed danger of BPA in cans due to epoxy resins that can be used to coat the inside of metal products, such as food cans?

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              1. re: koshergourmetmart

                Cirio is kosher? I would love this product (close to enough to what I need) but I dont think it's kosher:

                  1. re: MIKA80

                    have their glass jar at home with an ou called passata rustics. In photo of derisa imports you can see ou on so Dee

                    1. re: koshergourmetmart

                      OMG, you are right!! IT IS KOSHER!!!
                      I can see the OU in the picture!! This is awesome!! Thanks!

                      1. re: koshergourmetmart

                        Thank you so much koshergourmetmart!! Your help is so much appreciated.

                          1. re: koshergourmetmart

                            May I ask you where you found it? Do you buy it on line or in a store? I called the importer and they werent sure about the product being on the market yet ... ugh ...

                    2. re: koshergourmetmart

                      Cirio passata or strained is not kosher, I just asked :( at least, because it's produced in Italy it doesnt really have a kosher certificate, but it "might" be kosher.

                  2. Would tomato puree or passata do? Unfortunately, when I type in "kosher passata" in a Google search, I get every recipe on the Internet that includes tomato sauce and kosher salt!

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                    1. re: Chowbird

                      Welcome to a major source of frustration for kosher-keepers!

                      1. re: GilaB

                        Putting the phrase in quotation marks often helps.

                      2. re: Chowbird

                        Plain Passata would actually be ideal! Puree might work as well. Tomato paste would not be my first choice.