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View Poll Results: Do you use fresh or canned tomatoes?
Mostly fresh 7 17.95%
Mostly canned 21 53.85%
About half times fresh and half times tomatoes 11 28.21%
Voters: 39. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 01-27-2012, 08:01 PM
 
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For recipes that call for tomatoes as an ingredients and either fresh or canned will be ok, which do you usually choose, and why?
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Old 01-27-2012, 09:04 PM
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Canned tomatoes are consistent from can to can. In many instances the taste is far superior to fresh. This applies even to farmers' market tomatoes.
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Old 01-27-2012, 09:11 PM
 
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In summer-fresh

Other times, canned as previous poster said...winter tomatoes are tasteless. But I do like cherry tomatoes...
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Old 01-27-2012, 09:21 PM
 
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I only use fresh if I'm going to eat the tomato as is. If it's going in a soup or sauce or something then canned is fine. It's just easier.
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Old 01-27-2012, 09:41 PM
 
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It depends - in the summer, I'll use fresh unless I don't have a lot of prep time. Otherwise, canned, and I prefer my home-canned tomatoes over store-bought. My favorite commercially canned tomatoes are Muir Glen.
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Old 01-27-2012, 09:50 PM
 
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Are there chemicals in the cans?
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Old 01-27-2012, 10:07 PM
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Are there chemicals in the cans?
Oodles and oodles; radioactivity too. People who eat canned tomatoes over a period of years develop gills and grow fins. They migrate to sewers where they capture the unwary.
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Old 01-27-2012, 10:12 PM
 
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It depends - in the summer, I'll use fresh unless I don't have a lot of prep time. Otherwise, canned, and I prefer my home-canned tomatoes over store-bought. My favorite commercially canned tomatoes are Muir Glen.
I'm a Muir Glen cook, too. More expensive than many brands, but totally worth it (and I'm pretty frugal). I especially like the MG canned ROASTED tomatoes. Raises the level of everything I use it in. I first heard of them from an Italian caterer and from the first can I bought, I was hooked. Muir Glen isn't in every supermarket but if you have a Sprouts or Sunflower Farm Market, they are carried there and are often special-priced.

Muir Glen Organic Tomatoes | Fire Roasted, Diced, Whole, Sauce, Soup, Paste, Ketchup, Salsa

Like Emeraldmaiden (hi friend!) I live in Southern Arizona and the fresh tomatoes here aren't great. It's too hot for them to grow right -- even the ones I tend myself. They basically get heat stroke before they can grow very big. My elderly mother says the thing she misses most about living back East is "a big slice of beefsteak tomato on my sandwiches."

If I can afford fresh cherry tomatoes, I use them with chicken pieces from a Costco rotisserie chicken over linguine with an aglio e olio sauce and fresh-grated grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. That's one of my family's favorite dinners.
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Old 01-27-2012, 10:23 PM
 
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Oodles and oodles; radioactivity too. People who eat canned tomatoes over a period of years develop gills and grow fins. They migrate to sewers where they capture the unwary.
LOL. I don't know about preservatives, but I read that the cans of Muir Glen (some of you's favorite) are line with a material that is harmful to health. I do agree canned ones are easier for cooking, and they are also cheaper than fresh ones.

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Old 01-28-2012, 12:42 AM
 
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I only use canned tomatoes. If I buy fresh tomatoes I'm committed to eating that particular recipe within a few days before they go bad. And that's just not how my cooking pattern operates. The only time I'll buy a fresh tomato is if I'm going to make a salad. And I don't eat salads.
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