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Mealy tomatoes are good candidates for sauce. They tend to be of the meatier, less juicy varieties like Roma and pear tomatoes. Beafsteak and brandywine varieties and hybrids generally don't get mealy, they just started getting leaky, and making a mess. Bunch tomatoes like Grape and Cherry tomatoes usually just get moldy and shrivel up.
Yup, tomatoes can most definitely be a bit grainy. It's not a hard graininess like sand, but a softer graininess. The best comparisons that come to mind are hydrated but uncooked cornmeal or slightly wet breadcrumbs. Instead of being juicy and smooth (whether firm or soft), you'll notice a bit of small texture. It'll probably also be less juicy, and the ...
There are a number of reasons why the flavor of tomatoes changes during both the cooking and drying processes. The first is that when drying the tomatoes, farmers and processors will dust the tomatoes in fairly high levels of salt, which helps to keep harmful microbes and insects from eating into the fruit and causing rot and infections. The second is that ...
The flavor is usually more intense. If the tomatoes are picked at their perfect peak ripeness and put out to be sun dried, the flavor is indeed more intense. Also what can happen is that they are packed in olive oil that may have some herbs or seasonings like garlic or basil or just the oil, what kind of olive oil and where is it from may cause it to taste ...
Texture is the main reason, but if you're going to be blending the sauce, there can be off-flavors from cracking open the seeds. Even if you don't blend it, they can be these slippery little things that I never much liked growing up. To reduce the amount of waste, you can : cook the sauce, then put it through a food mill to strip out the seeds and skins, ...
Presentation and texture...Imagine a reduced tomato sauce with all the seeds of all the tomatoes you started with swimming around in there. It'd be some very strange spaghetti sauce. Additionally the goop around the seeds is mostly water and no flavor.
My Dad has a tomato storage container. It reminds me of chicken shaped roll baskets, or toaster covers that look like a forest cottage. It's a red plastic tomato that you twist apart and you put the cut tomato inside and place it in the fridge. Tomatoes placed in it actually stay fresh longer.
I peel and seed the leftovers, freeze them, and use them the next time I make tomato sauce or marinara.
I think your best option may be to vacuum seal the leftover tomato and refrigerate it. I think everyone has run across the dilemma of what to do with the leftover piece and, while it doesn't happen often, it does happen. (For me, it usually happens when I make a sandwich for lunch and only use a slice or two.) Being frustrated so many times at having saved ...
Doing a bit of Googling, it seems that there are a couple of different methods but I think the one that will please you best is to: put a piece of plastic wrap on the cut side only place it cut side down on a plate or plastic container leave it on the counter Some recommend putting it in the fridge regardless, as the cut side is prone to bacterial ...
In my experience, the seedier the tomato, the more juice it produces, so I agree with "horticulture guy". What I do is simply cut away the seed portion of the tomato and use the rest, adding it as late as possible in the recipe. When using tomatoes in my omelets I frequently sprinkle the diced tomato on the very top just prior to removing it from the pan. ...
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