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Apr 12, 2013 11:23 AM

Beefsteak tomatoes

I fell for the crate of beefsteak tomatoes at Costco yesterday. I know it's way early for tomatoes, but this is Arizona and they were grown on an Arizona farm...blah blah blah. Despite their beauty, these tomatoes are terrible! The one I cut into this morning had something resembling a toothpick running through the middle of it.

Assuming the rest of the tomatoes are the same, I'm looking for something to do with these guys. I love roasting tomatoes, but I always use Roma or plum tomatoes for this. Will these tomatoes roast well?

Any other suggestions appreciated.

Lesson learned........again

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  1. Honestly? I'd take them back. Costco is usually very good about returns of bad produce, especially since you haven't used most of them.

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    1. re: juliejulez

      but Costco isn't going to take them back just because they dont taste " vine-ripened" like home grown tomatoes do. That is an unrealistic expectation from a store tomato ( since tomatoes are shipped green to the stores).

      Try making a tomato pie (eg think "tomato casserole" made in a pie pan) made with crust on the bottom, sliced tomatoes with garlic and spices and then a topping of cheese/mayo on the top -- that should taste yummy even with store bought tomatoes (but even better with home grown). I have the recipe if you are interested.

      1. re: cookinglisa

        Yes they will. You just tell them they didn't taste to your liking, and they will take them back. Trust me, they have a VERY generous return policy.

          1. re: magiesmom

            X3. But keep in mind it's policy for them to throw them away. If that weighs on your conscience in the slightest...

      2. I've returned melons that tasted like cardboard to Costco for a full refund no questions asked. You absolutely can return them. But-if you're on board with making it work, try making homemade "sun" dried tomatoes in the oven and concentrate whatever flavor they do have or make crushed tomatoes for sauce or tomato juice to stew cabbage roles. Both purees can be doctored up with garlic, onions, peppers and spices for other dishes.

        But honestly, I'd return them for something else.

        1. If you bought a whole crate of them, I agree with the other posters to bring them back and get something else instead. If they are flavorless and have tough centers even roasting or drying them will not improve them.

          if you are hell bent on keeping them I would core them, cook them down and then pass them thru a food mill. Once that done add a couple of cans of good san marzano puree and use that for as basis for gravy.

          1. The beefsteak tomatoes are much overrated. We grew some in the garden they were awful.

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            1. re: Ruthie789

              I have grown wonderful beefsteaks, truly wonderful.

              1. re: magiesmom

                I have not been so lucky. We have had many varities and that was not the favorite but could be climate and growing season.

                1. re: Ruthie789

                  My ex-MIL in Oklahoma grew the best beefsteak and early girl tomatoes. I loved them so and even loved her when we were in her garden and canning all summer long.

                  Regardless, I have ended up with these tomatoes. I could certainly return them, but I know myself enough to know that I'd end up spending even more money at Costco (since I'm here, might as well look around). So, it wouldn't really save me the $7.59 to return them. I will try to roast them (maybe in quarters) the way I roast my roma toms. I will report back.

            2. Roasting will only concentrate the flavor (or lack of...) they have now.

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              1. re: weezieduzzit

                I just popped them in a 375 oven. They are sprinkled with dried basil, dried oregano, garlic granules, and S/P. We'll just see how they turn out. I have done this method with yucky winter roma/plum tomatoes with surprisingly awesome results.

                1. re: weezieduzzit

                  If you add flavor as the OP has done the tomatoes should respond favorably.