Ever stared at the wall of canned tomatoes in the grocery store and wondered what the real difference was between them all? Us too – and we’ve got the scoop!
Which canned tomatoes are the best has been a longtime internet debate among food blogs for years. There are tons of conflicting opinions (almost as many as there are canned tomatoes!) but when it comes down to it, there isn’t one end-all perfect canned tomato for all uses. Giada likes to use specific brands and varietals for different cooking purposes – and here’s why.
For Sweet Tomato Sauce:
For Multi-Purpose Use:
The style of tomatoes that gets the most buzz in the food community gets it for a reason: San Marzano whole tomatoes! These tomatoes have stood the test of time, and they’re the varietals that Giada’s family always used when she was young. If you love a chunkier tomato sauce, this is a great way to get it! Either lightly crush the tomatoes by hand before cooking, or use scissors for a less messy approach. Unlike pomodorini, this style of tomato has cropped up to mainstream status in most grocery stores, and they’re pretty easy to find.