Originally Posted by Xerp
I would rather pay for those tomatoes fresh than buy them in a freaking can after they have already lost their flavor...
Actually, Xerp, often the fresh ones, especially in places that haven't got the wonderful volcanic earth and the long days of sun of san marzano, are probably less tasty and even the real ones will only be at their peak in a REALLY short period of the year. That's why they've been canned since canning existed.
It may surprise many people to know that italians, especially those who are really concerned with good eating and "genuine" foods (as they call them) and usually those living in the country and raising tomatoes and other stuff, will can their own. Actually they use beer bottles and do hundreds of bottles during the peak of the season when tomatoes are too good to be true. They have a camping stove burner outside with gigantic pots and put newspaper between the bottles, and the old system was to put corks in the bottles and tie the corks down with strings. But many have their own beer can top press (none of the beer cans here have screw on tops). My mother in law used to pay this family in the country that worked a farm to make their bottled tomatoes, and i can tell you they were amazing. Here's what the process looks like:
In a sauce, you'll be cooking the fresh tomatoes anyway, and so cooking them to can them is not going to lose their freaking flavor any more than will be lost when you pick them green enough to transport.
Originally Posted by IceMan
San Marzano tomatoes are what they are, a product of a specific region. They look different and have a superior flavor. For that, you pay what you pay. Simple business.
San Marzano tomatoes, a variety of plum tomatoes, are considered by many chefs to be the best sauce tomatoes in the world.
"Red Alert: Tomato Recipes"
Not sure about the others but the last ones are definitely not san marzanos. Not to be picky...
Koukouvagia, one more thing we have in common. My mother had done an extensive research of tomato brands and ended up choosing muir glen as a first choice and red pack as a second. Sometimes the best thing is to take the best of the local ingredients than the crappy stuff that is exported from countries that like to keep the best for themselves!