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

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I'm making tomato sauce which never thickens

I tried the following recipe. http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/5211/amatriciana-pasta The result is tasty, but the sauce looks nowhere near the image. It is some red paste, yes, but with onions ...
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Canning tomato sauce

I am asking for advice on canning a tomato pasta sauce. It consists of canned tomatoes, butter, and some onions. I already did a Google search, but the results are contradicting. Some people claim ...
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What is the difference between tomato puree, paste and sauce?

I was looking for a recipe for an Italian tomato sauce when I came across an old cookbook from an American Creole Chef I like, but I'm really confused about the terminology he uses for some of the ...
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Can tomato paste be substituted for tomato purée?

A recipe for meat loaf from an Australian book (apparently terminology differs from country to country) calls for 1 cup (250 mL/8 fl oz) of tomato purée, and 2 tablespoons of tomato sauce. ...
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How to create thick, hearty garlic marinara sauce?

I've been searching online for a recipe for a robust garlic marinara sauce to no avail. Does anyone have any tips on how to make this kind of thick, hearty sauce from scratch? This is what I've tried ...
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Can pressure canning be replaced water bath canning?

I wanted to make and can, my Grandma's tomato soup. However I don't have a pressure canner. I made the soup in a 15 PSI pressure cooker and then poured it into sterilized jars and then canned it in a ...
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What does it mean when a recipe calls for coring a tomato?

When I was making gazpacho, I looked up a video, and found this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDt0L1-SaRg In this video, almost the entire interior of the tomato is removed. I followed this video, ...
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Make tomato sauce from fresh tomatoes? [closed]

I'm quite new to cooking, but nonetheless I have been experimenting in the kitchen for a while to try and make some sauce from tomatoes. But all my attempts failed: I usually get just a bunch of fried ...
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Cored tomatoes measured before or after coring?

If a recipe calls for 3 pounds of tomatoes, cored, should you start with three pounds of tomatoes and core them, or should you have 3 pounds after coring? I would have thought that you start with 3 ...
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Why does oil change the color of salmorejo?

We did a few experiments last year with salmorejo, a cold soup made of very ripe tomatoes and bread, very similar to gazpacho. We noticed that while blending, the salmorejo would turn pink. This is ...
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What can I use to replace the tomato juice in gazpacho?

I'm trying to find cold alternatives to hot soup. A friend pointed me to gazpacho. I tried that, and we really liked it. However, I will be cooking for someone who does not eat cooked tomatoes ...
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How can I use these new findings on tomatoes to my advantage?

A new study appears to suggest that the characteristics that make a tomato most appealing when choosing one at the store also make it the least appealing when biting into it. Apparently, it is the ...
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Thinning Tomato paste

I have been experimenting with making my own condiments over the paste few weeks and there is one thing I cannot get correct. The tomato paste has a thicker grainy texture that is really not ...
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Tomato pasta sauce splits. Why?

I use fresh tomato puree to make my pasta sauce, other things in my sauce are olive oil, garlic, some herbs and salt, i don't let it boil but during the simmering & thickening process the sauce ...
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How do I prevent tomatoes from falling in a green salad?

When making a green salad, I have taken to grating carrots instead of dicing them so they will mix better with the leaves. I can't grate tomatoes. No matter how small I dice them (short of pureeing) ...
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What's the source of the sweetness in tomato sauce that's simmered for at least four hours?

I was reading up on tomato sauce, and it seems important to simmer the sauce for at least a few hours. The “Frankies Spuntino” recipe is about as simple as it can get, it doesn't even contain onions. ...
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How do tomatillos differ in taste from under-ripe tomatoes?

I can't get access to tomatillos, but I would like to know what they taste like. This helped me a bit, but it's not entirely clear to me what would be different between tomatillos and under-ripe ...
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Will tomatoes keep for longer if you keep the stalk in?

I know that avocados are supposed to keep longer with the stalks; I would like to know if it is also true for tomatoes?
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How do I get rid of that calcium chloride taste in my tomato sauce?

When making high-heat, quick tomato sauces using economical brands of tomatoes packed using calcium chloride (and citric acid typically), the metallic taste and fake-fresh texture are disturbing. ...
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How Long Does Tomato Juice Last?

We've been buying tomato juice in smaller containers and now decided to buy bigger ones. But, when we went to the store the tomato juice says that it only lasts two weeks in the fridge. Expiration ...
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How can I make Shepherd's Pie without tomatoes?

Shepherd's pie recipes usually involve cooking the lamb mince with tomato paste or chopped tomatoes from a can, for example in this BBC recipe, or this Good Food recipe. How can I best approximate ...
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What is the difference between grape and cherry tomatoes?

What is the flavor difference between grape and cherry tomatoes? The store had both and they looked rather similar.
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Looks curdled, but it wasn't - my bad alfredo

I made some alfredo sauce (evoo, heavy cream, homemade pesto, Parmesan cheese) and decided to throw in some chopped tomato. Instantly, it separated. Was it the acidity of the tomato or the extra water ...
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Preparing Salsa with a Magic Bullet

I'm trying to make some salsa with a magic bullet using the given recipe from the cookbook that comes with it. Here's the recipe with a picture of how it turns out at best. The final product comes ...
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Is it necessary to skim the scum off of fermenting pickles?

The sour (fermented) pickle recipe that I am following states: Check the crock every day. Skim any mold from the surface, but don’t worry if you can’t get it all. If there’s mold, be sure to ...
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What is the correct onion to tomato ratio for North Indian masala sauce?

What's the optimum — or, at least, the most widely used — tomato to onion ratio for making the tomato masala (sauce)? Masala is used as the base for a number of north Indian dishes. Onions are fried ...
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Looking to add some texture to my tomato soup recipe

I have been working on perfecting a tomato soup recipe for the past month or so and I've reached the point where the soup itself is to my liking. I am now trying to figure out the garnish and so far ...
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Did tomato paste come in only one size of can in the 1950s?

I found an old cookery book while on holiday at the german coast, it was published by Peter Pauper press, Mt. Vernon, New York in 1959. All recipes that use tomato paste just say "1/2 can tomato ...
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What is the “standard” salsa tomato?

I make a lot of fresh salsa (pico de gallo style) in the summer, but I don't usually think much about the type of tomatoes I'm usuing. Usually I just buy whatever looks best (fresh & ripe) at the ...
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Tomato skin in roasted tomato soup?

In preparing roasted tomato soup, which includes tomatoes that I roast in the oven at 200 °C (392 °F) for 30 minutes, and then simmer for a long time, I am having an issue with tomato skins. I find ...
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Red tomato sauce recipe [closed]

As of late, I have found myself incredibly interested in perfecting a red sauce recipe. While I don't have the recipe in front of me, I know most of what I put in it off the top of my head. I would ...
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Freezing Tomatoes for Winter?

Local farmers are currently dumping tomatoes with about 0.5EUR per kg. It is a very low price. I know how to branch small things but tomatoes are large. The video here mentioned to use C-vitamin ...
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What vegetable for sauteed zucchini could I use instead of tomatoes?

I like to fry or sautee onions, garlic, chilis, spices (for flavor) and zucchini (the main ingredient); then stir them in a can of chopped tomatoes and simmer for a few minutes. The tomatoes are a way ...
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Why do gazpacho recipes have you put garlic and salt together, then mash with an egg?

Why do gazpacho recipes have you put garlic and salt together, then mash with an egg? What is the purpose?
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American recipe using 'a can of tomato sauce'

I have an American recipe which lists a 'can of tomato sauce' as an ingredient. Does anyone know if this just means chopped tomatoes or is an actual sauce maybe onion, garlic, tomato, seasoning? Do ...
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What causes a tomato sauce to have a bitterness and getting rid of it?

My tomato sauce is coming out great, lots of flavor, especially after I was able to reduce it following the tips here However, it is still slightly bitter. What causes a tomato sauce to have a (in ...
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My tomato sauce is very watery

It has flavor, but its consistency is too thin. Will letting sit over medium low heat evaporate enough to increase its density or is this useless? Would bringing it to a boil help more. I don't want ...
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How can I cut lots of cherry tomatoes in half quickly and evenly?

Is there a tool to cut cherry tomatoes in half? Since they are so regular it should be possible to build such a machine. Alternately, what can I do to improve my speed and accuracy when halving them ...
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What is the conversion rate between plum tomatoes and “regular” tomatoes?

I have a recipe that calls for 12 plum tomatoes (seeded, skinned, and pureed). Can I substitute regular tomatoes, and if so, in what ratio should I substitute them? Here is a picture of what I mean ...
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Thicker tomato sauce on the pizza makes the cheese more slippery

After reading the advice about tomato sauce in this answer, I decided to try straining the sauce to remove water and see what it did to the crust. I let the water drain out of a jar of tomato sauce ...
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Why did my tomato soup turn thick and brownish?

I tried to improvise a tomato soup following these steps: Slice tomatoes, briefly stir-fry for aroma, together with some onions, garlic pepper, salt, and a bit of sugar. While still hot, purée all ...
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How do I use up my canned tomato paste? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What do you do with left over tomato paste? I have many cans of tomato paste, and I just want to get some ideas about how to use them up.
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How can I add meat into a completed tomato sauce?

Yesterday I was cooking for someone and was planning on making a bolognese sauce, but when it came to start cooking (ie. after doing my mise en place), she asked if I could leave the meat out of it, ...
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Making Tomato Sauce from Tomato Paste

I've been trying, on-and-off when I have time, to make tomato sauce from a 5 1/2 oz can of tomato paste, but haven't figured out the right proportions of ingredients. I've been combining a can of ...
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Does ketchup belong in the fridge, or the cupboard?

I'm hoping this will solve a biiig long-running debate I have with my friends. Heinz Tomato Ketchup (The UK version contains sugar from beets, rather than HFCS like the US version) I tend to think ...
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How do you make tomato paste?

I have a garden every year and would prefer to use my own tomatoes for all my cooking. I can them and make sauces, but haven't found a good recipe that describes the technique for tomato paste. I ...
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How to get a thicker soup from watery tomatoes?

I want to make a tomato soup, but my girlfriend tells me that, from the tomato we have, the soup will be too watery. Now I've read that one could use tomato paste/puree as a thickener, and still keep ...
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What kind of knife should I use to slice tomatoes?

Is it better to use a serrated knife, or a regular chef's knife that is really sharp?
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Fruit salad with tomatoes

In a recent trip to my local supermarket with the intention of purchasing items for a fruit salad, I picked up some oranges, bananas, lemons, grapefruit, and a few other select fruits. This got me ...
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If tomatoes are fruit

isn't ketchup (catsup) technically a smoothie?