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It's exactly what you suspect: blemishes indicate the possibility of contaminants, or provide an avenue for invasion, inside the tomato flesh. And while pressure canning kills a lot of organisms that would cause contamination, the higher the bacterial/fungal load, the more likely a few spores or cysts are to survive(PDF, large) and eventually germinate in ...


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Yes, if tomatoes have been picked unripe (e.g. for supermarket distribution), they may go from hard to rotten without going through ripe! The black seeds are a sign of ageing. It can happen on nice local tomates too but the flesh will go quite soft first. As myklbykl suggests, just get rid of the seeds. No problem if you are going to cube them for a salsa ...


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Generally speaking, blemished tomatoes could have suffered from various diseases or frost. Frost is generally not good for the tomato skin and can be more easily be penetrated by various things you don't want to can. This is especially true for tomatoes where the skin is clearly cracked, like in the pictures. Furthermore, tomatoes from plants that have ...


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This is mere theory/guesswork, but I wonder if they might do it like a tadka [tarka] you add to dall [lentil] recipes? Fry garlic & other spices in oil, then pour over right at the end. Stirring in is optional, for presentation effect. Here's a link to a rather elaborate tadka method, including smoking charcoal which sounds fabulous, though I've never ...


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