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

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Are sundried tomatoes regulated in the EU?

There are different methods for drying tomatoes, and I suppose that using a dehydrator is most convenient in an industrial setting. Still, many dried tomatoes are sold as "sundried tomatoes". I have ...
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Is the un-moldy part of tomato paste still safe to eat?

Today when I was making Bolognese sauce, I removed the moldy part of the tomato paste and use the non-moldy part in the sauce. After searching on the internet, I found out that I can get sick from it. ...
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Can I use tomato paste in dal?

My current method for making an Indian dal include using whole peeled tomatoes, almost always canned. Would substituting Tomato Paste, the thick stuff from cans, change the taste, and if so, how? I ...
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Are these tomatoes San Marzano knockoffs?

I buy these tomatoes at my local grocery and always assumed they were San Marzano brand. I was waiting for my soup to simmer and was reading the label when I noticed the initials on the label actually ...
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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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Why did the skin of my tomatoes fracture after a few days in a refrigerator?

I purchased a bunch of red tomatoes on a twig a few days ago, and put them in a plastic bag in my refrigerator. When I opened the plastic bag five–six days later, all the bottoms of the tomatoes ...
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How does (Goya) Sofrito sauce compare to salsa?

I was reading some rice recipes online. Some used sofrito sauce. I read the ingredients on the Goya label. It is similar to salsa. I think salsa is chunkier and uses fresh veggies whereas sofrito ...
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What methods make tomato chopping less messy?

Chopping tomato is real mess sometimes. I just want to know that what is the best chop tomatoes without any mess? One trick I did was to deep freeze tomatoes before cutting them and then used to ...
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Will I never be able to cook anything needing tomatoes in a seasoned cast iron Kadhai?

http://cooking.stackexchange.com/a/5863/6168 If you put any acid in cast-iron, you are harming your seasoning, and leeching iron into your food. This will affect the taste of your sauces, I find ...
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Why do tomatoes get so hot?

Ever noticed how certain foods seem to get a lot hotter than others? I almost never burn my tongue or mouth... except on tomatoes; Pizza sauce, tomatoes in panini sandwiches or spaghetti sauce. ...
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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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Which types of tomatoes are good for which dishes? [closed]

I am just beginning to realize the difference between the tastes and quality of different tomatoes for different dishes. I need help from a tomato expert. Which tomatoes are best for the following ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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In a tomato sauce recipe, how can I cut the acidity?

It seems that every time I make a tomato sauce for pasta, the sauce is a little bit too acid for my taste. I've tried using sugar or sodium bicarbonate, but I'm not satisfied with the results.
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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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What is the name of the middle eastern salad containing Tomato and Cucumber?

Not sure if there is an proper name, had it in Israel but have seen it (or similar variations) in Moroccan restaurants (in the US). Comprised of primarily diced cucumbers and tomatoes, that have been ...
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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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How does one soften sun dried tomatoes?

Some packs of sun dried tomatoes come a bit too hard to chew. How do I soften them for use in a salad? Should I toss them?
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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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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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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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How do I make homemade Salsa thicker?

I have been playing with homemade salsa for a few weeks now and I can't seem to figure out how to get that thicker tomato texture that a lot of southern Mexican restaurants have. Right now I play ...
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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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What is the alternative to a vine ripened tomato?

Having just had a lovely sandwich of Aberdeen Angus beef, vine ripened tomato and horseradish I was wondering if anyone could explain to me exactly what a vine ripened tomato is? Since all tomatoes ...
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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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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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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 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. ...