Questions around preparing or cooking with tomatoes, along with selecting appropriate varieties

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Does adding sugar to tomato type sauces affect acidity?

Many(most?) tomato based pasta sauces have added sugar, it is generally a very small amount. I have always heard this was done to reduce the acidity. My main question: Does this little bit of sugar ...
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What should I look for when choosing tomatoes for pasta sauces?

What factors should I take into account when selecting tomatoes for sauces? Background: I'm growing my own tomatoes, and I need to start germinating soon. Taste and production are my 2 first ...
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How do I measure the ripeness of my tomatoes?

In my quest for a perfect shakeshouka (eggs in poultry) I figured out I need less acidity in the dish, and have read that acidity in tomatoes varies widely. I have read that very ripe tomatoes have ...
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Stewing Tomatoes for a Purée(sauce)

Aside from water, are there any other liquids I can use to stew tomatoes to make a purée? I was thinking maybe chicken stock or vegetable but don't know how that would taste or if it would even be ...
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I accidentally dropped the lid from a can of diced tomatos in my crockpot of cabbage roll soup! [duplicate]

I went to stir the cabbage roll soup and found the metal lid to the diced tomatoes in the soup. It's been in there for at least an hour with all the food in the crockpot cooking on high. I got it out ...
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How to measure tomatoes for making sauce?

In the ingredient list my recipe calls for 10 lbs of tomatoes. I'm not sure if this means before or after they are cored and peeled. What is the best way to measure tomatoes for canning sauce?
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Should I peel my tomatoes before making a sauce?

What are the pros and cons of peeling my tomatoes before making a sauce? I basically make two different sauces a classical red sauce and a "pink" sauce that is a light alfredo infused with white wine ...
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What effect have bay leaves in a meat/tomato sauce?

A bolognese-type sauce recipe I usually do uses ground beef, canned tomatoes, onions, carrots, chilli, garlic and bay leaf. The bay leaf gets cooked with the rest for a while and the sauce tastes ...
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How can I get weak-tasting tomatoes?

I love the weak tomatoes that you get at fast food restaurants like Subway. Whenever I buy tomatoes from the grocery store or the farmer's market, they're too strong and I end up throwing them out. ...
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Bubbles in canned tomato sauce

I put up two quarts of fresh tomatoes for sauce yesterday. They were in the hot water bath for 45 minutes. This morning they are cold & I thought ready for the cupboard. I notice many air bubbles ...
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Cooking down tomatoes

I grow sauce tomatoes, roma and others. When they come in I blanch them, then run the thru a food mill. I then freeze the sauce in plastic freezer bags or cook it down into paste. I recently tried ...
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What device to use to chop/dice tomatoes?

I make chunky salsa in 2 quart batches. I have terrible knife skills, it takes me way too long to dice the amount of tomatoes needed for a batch. I am looking for a piece of equipment that will chop ...
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Using Canned San Marzano Tomatoes Vs. Regular Canned Tomatoes

I have never used San Marzano tomatoes yet. I recently bought a cookbook and most of the recipes call for San Marzano Tomatoes. They are more expensive. Is it really worth paying the extra money for ...
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Can I refreeze sauce made from frozen tomatoes

Hi I have some frozen tomatoes and I would like to blend them in my Vita mix and make sauce. My question is can I re-freeze the sauce once it's been cooked.
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Turn Passata Into Tomato Paste?

I have an American recipe that calls for 12oz Hunts Tomato paste and 1.5 cups of water. The nearest thing I have is Passata. I don't know much about cooking, but they both seem to be made from ...
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Is it advisable to freeze tomatoes?

I have some tomatoes that might go bad soon. Do they freeze well? (E.g. taste, texture)
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What is a device used to slice tomatoes with in one motion called?

I worked at a restaurant for a month once and they had a device there. It was a rectangular box: you'd put a tomato in it, and there was a handle at the one end you could use to push the tomato ...
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Why does tomato not dissolve when I make curry

when I am cooking curry, I add chopped tomatoes. I cook the tomatoes for 30+ minutes. In spite of this the tomatoes do not fully dissolve by the end of cooking. There are still whole pieces of tomato ...
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How do you quickly prepare tomatoes for pizza?

Whether is be homemade pizza or adding topping to the self-rising frozen pizza we love adding meats and veggies. We often have tomatoes at hand. I slice them thin and lay them on a paper towel and ...
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What can I substitute for tomato juice?

I have a daughter who is allergic to tomatoes, but there are so many recipes calling for tomato juice. What can I use to substitute for tomato juice?
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What is a mealy tomato, and how would one use one?

When people say a tomato is or isn't mealy, what does that really mean? I've never had a tomato that was grainy, as it's sometimes described. Is that even possible? That sounds like a tomato with sand ...
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Why do sun-dried tomatoes taste different than fresh tomatoes?

I thought that dehydrated produce only differs from fresh produce in containing less water, so why do sun-dried tomatoes taste so different from their fresh counterparts?
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Why remove the skin and seeds of a tomato?

Many recipes ask for peeled and seeded tomatoes, which I find both wasteful and too hard work. What is the point of removing seeds and skin of tomatoes? Just texture and presentation? Or can it ...
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How do I preserve a tomato's freshness after it is cut?

I've seen and read online, and experienced firsthand, that refrigerating a tomato is an awful idea. Not only does it lose freshness, it does little to prevent wilting and leads to flavorless tomato. ...
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How to write the so called wooden tomato / wooden potato in Chinese (and where to find it)?

I once went to a Chinese restaurant with a Chinese friend, and there was this sort of yam which was white colored and covered with a whole bunch of red/pink dots resembling freckles and these dots ...
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Tomato Sauce Turns Dark/Sweet

I tried to make my own tomato sauce from fresh tomatoes using a slow-cooker (for quite a long time). I gather this may not have been a good idea because the result is very dark red and it's super ...
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What are the options for sweetening?

This question relates to a tomato based sauce, but I imagine it applies to all dishes. I recently made meatballs in a tomato sauce; typically, I find that any tomato sauce is too bitter. I found a ...
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What can I substitute for tomato paste to thicken a marinade?

This recipe calls for 2 TB tomato paste in the marinade. I assume it is to thicken it so more stays on the meat and veggies. I don't want to open an entire can of tomato paste just to use 2 TB. Can I ...
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Why to remove skin and seeds of tomatoes when we puree them?

I tried a couple of recipes which demanded tomato puree which was eventually cooked as part of the gravy. The gravy turned sour even after cooking it covered for more than 15 minutes. Is that because ...
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How do I sautee tomatoes without them being juicy?

I sautee them in olive oil and salt and they turn out great except for the fact that they are too juicy. If I could just get the juice out, they would be perfect. I had some tomato basil pasta the ...
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Air bubbles in canned tomatoes

I've always been told that if you see air bubbles in canned food, you should treat it like toxic waste. Today I opened a can of tomatoes and saw a few air bubbles form along the edges of the can. Is ...
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What size are small, medium and large tomatoes?

Many recipes call for a tomato of a certain size. How do you know the difference between small, medium and large tomatoes?
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Fresh vs Canned tomatoes in Indian cooking

How does fresh and canned tomatoes compare in indian cooking? I usually see recipes call for pureed or finely chopped tomatoes, which are added after the initial stage of frying the spices and ...
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Is it safe to store unopened metal cans in the refrigerator?

A co-worker and I are having a disagreement on whether or not it's okay to put unopened cans of pizza sauce in a refrigerator. I say it's not, because the acidity in the tomatoes in the can will make ...
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What to do with too-dry sun dried tomatoes?

I bought a huge bunch of sun-dried tomatoes with the intent of pickling them in olive oil. So I started with a small batch, but still after weeks in the oil, they are still hard. So I guess they are ...
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Salty Chili and too spicy [closed]

I cooked chili with lime/chili pepper seasonings. It's too salty and too spicy. How do I fix it? The seasonings were packaged by Whole Foods, called Tequila Lime Seasonings
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How to store blanched tomatoes?

So I like to cook food in advance so its quicker to make dishes when I come back from work. After blanching a few tomatoes, how can I store them so I can use them days after? Should i refrigerate them ...
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need to convert US recipe calling for tomato sauce to equivilant in UK

I have a wonderful chili recipe that calls for 16 oz. of tomato sauce and need help finding an equivilant for my dear friend in the UK who wants to make this recipe. Is there a way she could delute a ...
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Substituting Diced Canned Tomatoes for Fresh

The recipe calls for 1.25Lbs of fresh plum tomatoes. They are to be simmered with hydrated whole dried chiles and other seasonings for 20 minutes, then pureed and strained. This time of year it's ...
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Canned cubed tomatoes vs crushed

I have a recipe (for pumpkin turkey chili) which calls for 14 oz can of cubed tomatoes. All I have is either 10 oz cube canned tomatoes or 14 oz crushed tomatoes. Which should I use? Does it make a ...
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Non-alcoholic substitution for dry white wine in bolognese sauce and other tomato sauces?

What is the purpose of dry white wine in a recipe like bolognese sauce? I need to substitute something non-alcoholic for the wine and while I've found many great lists of possible substitutions, the ...
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Differences between canned and fresh tomatoes

I read on the web (including here) that canned tomatoes are usually more suitable for tomato sauces (in particular pizza sauce) than fresh tomatoes. It is unquestionable that both are really ...
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Reduce the watering from tomatoes in a dish or sauce

There are many questions asking on how to reduce the watering from (fresh) tomatoes in a dish or a sauce (most likely baked): How do I prevent tomato making quiche soggy (mentioned in comments by ...
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Fresh tomatoes for home-made pizzas, is it worth it?

I figured fresh tomatoes would be the best choice for making a tasty pizza sauce, so I bought like 8 kg of fresh Roma tomatoes as I found a good price opportunity, to make jars. I already made a try ...
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Furman's Italian Style Tomatoes

My question is of a scientific nature in regards to the above product. My boyfriend has been given cans of this and every time he has used it, he has said that it tastes literally like nothing. ...
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Keeping scrambled eggs with tomatoes from being too watery

When cooking scrambled eggs with tomatoes, I find that the longer the tomatoes cook with the eggs, the a. more they decompose, b. the more water the put into the pan. My ideal would be scrambled eggs ...
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How long does it take to ripen tomatoes in a bag with bananas?

I read a tip about putting unripe tomatoes in a bag with a few bananas, and keeping them in a dark part of the house at room temperature. How long, more or less, does it take for the tomatoes to ...
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Safe to make liqueur from tomato vines?

I was thinking about all my favorite tomato dishes and wondering if there were a way to infuse more tomato flavor into my chili, spagbol, and bloody mary. I've heard that the tomato vine contains a ...
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Can I add tomato paste afterwards, instead of during cooking, for a tomato sauce?

So I have a pizza tomato sauce recipe that called for adding 6 tablespoons of tomato paste during the cooking. Unfortunately, due to being very disorganized, I only realized half way through cooking ...
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Do tomatoes lose their nutritional value when they are made into tomato sauce? [closed]

Do tomatoes lose their nutritional value when they are made into tomato sauce? What about canned tomato sauce?