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What Is Your Favorite Brand Of Canned Tomatoes?

Atomic76 Apr 20, 2013 09:31 PM

For years now I would only buy the San Marzano brand crushed tomatoes (the one in the white label, with the red tomato printed on it), however they can be a bit pricey at $4+ per can in my area.

I've never really been a fan of the more common name brands like Contadina, Red Pack, and others (though I would sometimes use Hunt's when in a jam). They all tasted too bland to me, and lacked the tartness and sweetness of the San Marzano ones.

Recently, I tried out another brand called "Diane's Garden" from a local discount grocery store called Save-A-Lot. I was really surprised at how good they were, and to make things even better they are only 99 cents per 28oz can.

Apparently this is their store brand, so I'm not sure if these are available anywhere else, or who actually manufactures them. But I've been using these exclusively the past several weeks, and saving a lot of $$$ at the same time.

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  1. emglow101 RE: Atomic76 Apr 20, 2013 09:50 PM

    Strianese ,14 oz @ $1.49

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      reedux RE: emglow101 Apr 21, 2013 02:12 AM

      Muir glen and pomi will get alot of votes here, as they should. cleanest tasting in my opinion.

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        Delucacheesemonger RE: reedux Apr 21, 2013 04:31 AM

        Ever read the Pomi label, ' tomatoes ', that's it, no salt, no basil, no nothing.

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          jpr54_1 RE: Delucacheesemonger May 3, 2013 02:18 PM

          that is why I buy them

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          Pzz RE: reedux May 6, 2013 12:08 AM

          +1 for Pomi. If I can find it where I live.

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        wincountrygirl RE: Atomic76 Apr 21, 2013 07:07 AM

        Vantia, San Marzano or Muir Glen

        1. eLizard RE: Atomic76 Apr 22, 2013 07:05 AM


          1. Nunzio RE: Atomic76 Apr 23, 2013 04:09 AM

            La Valle San Marzano

            1. NonnieMuss RE: Atomic76 Apr 23, 2013 06:51 AM

              My preferred brand is Dei Fratelli, since they pack in juice only - not in puree. The consistancy/thickness/flavor is always good, and it's not that pricey. I will use another, cheaper brand in a pinch or if I need great quantities, but that's my fave. I've tried San Marzano and Cento, but found them a little watery, even while the flavor was good. Pomi is very hard to find around here, and I won't pay for Muir Glen.

              1. biondanonima RE: Atomic76 Apr 23, 2013 06:56 AM

                For whole tomatoes, I use the Nina brand of San Marzanos that I find at Costco. They are an incredible value, too - around $4 for a 6lb can, I believe.

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                  Dee S RE: biondanonima Apr 23, 2013 08:13 AM

                  I like Nina brand as well. Costco in Memphis sells the institutional size can as well as a three pack of 28 oz cans for about $5.

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                    biondanonima RE: Dee S Apr 23, 2013 09:31 AM

                    Lucky you - I wish we had that 3 pack! I usually freeze whatever I can't use right away - they hold up quite well to freezing and thawing, I find.

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                  calumin RE: Atomic76 Apr 23, 2013 09:51 AM

                  I like Muir Glen, Pomi, and Strianese.

                  This may not matter to you, but the San Marzano brand crushed tomatoes don't actually come from San Marzano. They use the same cultivars, but are grown in America. It wouldn't matter to me much, except that I think their marketing is somewhat deceptive.

                  1. monkeyrotica RE: Atomic76 Apr 23, 2013 09:57 AM

                    Cento San Marzanos. I get them when they go on sale for $2.99 a can.


                    When I can't get those, I go with Sun of Italy because I like buying local.


                    I always keep a box of Pomi tomatoes as an emergency backup supply in the event of unexpected pizza.


                    1. sal_acid RE: Atomic76 Apr 23, 2013 10:06 AM

                      redpack or cento

                      muir glen tastes odd to me

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                        eLizard RE: sal_acid Apr 23, 2013 10:57 AM

                        i just buy the redpak cuz that's what grandma always used.

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                        MichJeep RE: Atomic76 Apr 25, 2013 05:40 PM

                        Check with your favorite restaurant, see if they use Stanislaus tomato products, get them to sell you a can, although they only come in #10 size. The tomatoes are only packed once a year, they must be picked and in the plant within 5 hours of being picked or they don’t buy them. Some companies will can in big batches, during the season, then after the season repack the tomatoes into the different products they sell.

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                          sisterfunkhaus RE: Atomic76 Apr 28, 2013 08:11 PM

                          Muir Glen, hands down.

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                            westsidegal RE: sisterfunkhaus May 2, 2013 11:51 AM

                            dunno why,
                            but after General Mills bought Muir Glen in 1999, the taste started to change.
                            to my palate, it's not as good now as it used to be.
                            not bad, but not nearly AS good as it used to be.

                          2. SeaSide Tomato RE: Atomic76 May 2, 2013 11:46 AM

                            Pastene Ground peeled (especally "chunky style").

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                              mcel215 RE: SeaSide Tomato May 6, 2013 02:18 AM

                              Same here...


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                              sisterfunkhaus RE: Atomic76 May 5, 2013 05:18 PM

                              Muir Glen is always my pick. I love the roasted ones too.

                              Oops, I already posted this same suggestion last week.

                              1. mudcat RE: Atomic76 May 7, 2013 04:20 AM

                                For a long time I favored Progresso Peeled Italilan Plum Tomatoes with Basil and suddenly I could not find them in the storel. I have read that Progresso has discontinued all their canned tomato products. They did the same thing with their Copanata some years back and now produce mostly canned soups which are all too bland for my taste. I no longer purchase any Progresso product. I have tried a couple of the brands mentioned in this thread that I can find locally but am still looking for the "canned tomato". Will advise.

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