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Apr 20, 2013 09:31 PM

What Is Your Favorite Brand Of Canned Tomatoes?

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. re: emglow101

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

      1. re: reedux

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

        1. re: reedux

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

      2. Vantia, San Marzano or Muir Glen

            1. 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.