Diced tomatoes: did you know?

by | Jun 5, 2023 | Blog, Cooking Tips and Tricks | 0 comments

Did you know that canned, diced tomatoes are treated so they actually hold their shape longer? I know this might seem obvious, but diced tomatoes aren’t just….well…diced tomatoes. They’re actually diced tomatoes with calcium chloride and citric acid added to them to help them keep their shape. So when you buy a can of diced tomatoes and try to cook a smooth marinara sauce with it? Well, it just doesn’t work.

On another note, I am not crazy about running diced (or whole for that matter) tomatoes through a blender to make them into “crushed” tomatoes. When you puree them in a blender you’re whipping in a lot of air and changing the texture. Same applies to a stick blender. If I were to ever break down tomatoes for a sauce I’d use an old school ricer, or be really rustic and use my hands to break them apart. 

Photo by Anda Ambrosini on Unsplash

Written by David Salerno

Originally from the Northeast, David (he/him) has been in Seattle since 2016. He studied classic culinary arts at the French Culinary Institute in NYC and currently works as the Senior Meal Program Coordinator at HIP. He can completely nerd out over culinary anthropology and can talk about food and food science for hours with anyone who is willing to listen. When not in the kitchen, you can find him playing hockey or running in different neighborhoods of Seattle.

June 5, 2023

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