I am so happy to be reviewing and working with tomatoes that are not in cans! That alone impresses me about Pomi tomatoes. Cans make me nervous, I shy away from them whenever I can for health reasons. Also, there are no preservatives, the tomatoes are low in sodium and BPA free. The tomatoes are naturally grown in Italy without pesticides.
I made a lasagna with both the strained tomatoes and the chopped tomatoes and it was the best lasagna I have ever had! The sauce was absolutely delicious, rich and fabulous. It was my first time making a lasagna sauce from scratch and I was worried it was going to be boring but it was zesty and stunning.
Just last night I made my chili recipe with the chopped tomatoes. Sometimes canned tomatoes can be quite tough and hard to break down but these broke down perfectly. My only complaint is that the chili was a little dryer than usual but it was richer with an even deeper flavour thanks to these tomatoes.
I would have bought these solely based on the fact that I could get tomatoes not in cans but after tasting the results of these fantastic tomatoes in my lasagna and chili… if I come across these tomatoes I will buy them. In the U.S. you can find these tomatoes at Whole Foods, national supermarkets, Italian specialty stores and health food stores. Vitacost also sells them online. In Canada you can usually find them at Metro, Whole Foods and Fortinos locations.
Health benefits combined with high quality product and flavour inspire me to give these tomatoes five out of five wooden spoons.