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      23.01.2014 10:39
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      A versatile product that can be used in a variety of meals

      I buy this tomato purée from Tesco and it costs 48p for 200g. I think the price is pretty good, I don't really see the point of paying more if I can help it. There are other brands of tomato puree that are more expensive but tomato purée is always quite a cheap item, I have found.


      I use this tomato purée for so many different things! It's great in pasta sauces, I make a quick pasta sauce sometimes by frying an onion, maybe some garlic and sometimes some mushrooms too and then adding fresh or tinned tomatoes, a generous squeeze of this tomato purée, some water and then I either add basil or if I'm using dried mixed herbs I add them before I put the tomatoes and tomato purée in. It's simple and quick to prepare and the tomato purée is so convenient for thickening sauces like this.


      I also use it in curries and chillies, it cools them down a bit and adds colour and flavour. It can also be used on pizzas and I think it's very versatile. I find it really useful to keep some of this in the cupboards at all times, it has so many different uses.


      The tomato purée just tastes like highly concentrated tomatoes (which is it!) It adds a tomato-ey taste to any dish. I keep it in the cupboard before I open it and then I put it into the fridge when it's been opened.


      I would recommend this because it's simple to use, it's convenient and useful and I think it's great value for money. It has many different uses and I find it really handy, I always make sure I have it in the house.

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        12.01.2014 19:31
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        Have always bought this brand

        I use loads of Tesco own brand products and their food items are perhaps the thing s I use the most. I have always bought Tesco's own brand of tomato puree. I am never without a tube of this in the fridge and always have a spare unopened one in the kitchen cupboard. I am one of those people who like to 'stock pile' things, just in case I ever happen to run out.

        Tesco Tomato puree comes in a soft metal 200g tube and this is inside a cardboard outer wrapper. The first time you use a tube of this, you'll find that the end is sealed for freshness and you have to remove the top and pierce with the back of the screw off lid. This is simple and easy to do and as soon as you've done this, you're able to use the tube and simply squirt out as much (or as little) as you like.

        I use this tomato puree for lots of different home made dishes. I like to make my own pizza (including the bases) from scratch and I use this double concentrate puree as a tomato base for the pizza. I fry onion, garlic, chopped fresh tomatoes, mixed fresh herbs and a good squirt of Tesco tomato puree and leave to simmer on the hob until it thickens. When it's cooled slightly, I use this to spread on the base of each pizza.

        It also makes fantastic spaghetti Bolognese and home made chilli and indeed any tomato based dish benefits from a generous helping of Tesco Tomato Puree.

        It is really cheap at only just over 50p for a large 200g tube and as it's double concentrate, it goes a long way. It keeps fresh for a few weeks after opening though I always make sure to pop mine into the fridge. It tastes really nice, very rich and very much of tomatoes (obviously). It tastes fresh and natural and there is nothing artificial or nasty about this product - it is concentrated tomatoes only and it's actually quite good for you, from a health point of view as tomatoes have received a lot of good press lately.

        Overall, I cannot fault it. It makes a meal taste so much better and doesn't cost the earth. It's a brand I trust and a taste I love and I really recommend it.

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          23.09.2013 20:21
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          Tesco tomato purée

          I think everyone should have tube of tomato puree in their cupboard it's such a handy food product to own and you can make so many different recipes and meals with it, quickly and easily so it's always a good back up to have in the cupboard.

          So, what is tomato puree? Well, according to an article I read, "Tomato purée is a thick, red paste or concentrate made from crushed tomato pulp that has been cooked and reduced. It is widely produced and used in Mediterranean countries, where it is added to dishes to give them a bright colour and a pronounced tomato flavour."

          I really like adding tomato puree to my dishes as I find it adds a really nice flavour to them and thickens up my sauces that I make and really brings out the nice tomato flavour in them. I find this puree really thick and it smoothes out well onto my dishes and I can work well with it too.

          I have used various different brands and types of purées and I find that the supermarket own brand ones are just as good as the name branded ones and so why would you pay more when you don't have to.

          This tomato puree comes in a tube which is made of bendy metal so it's very easy to squeeze the puree out of the tube although when you get to the end you really need to fold up the end of the tube to push the ingredients out. There is a little screw cap at the end which keeps the puree nice and fresh when you are not using it. We often make our own pizzas at home or a puff pastry type dinner and I use this tomato puree as a really nice sauce base on which to build the rest of the dish. I find it coats the pasty or pizza dough really well and softens it up just a little bit without making it go soggy.

          The ingredients listed on the tube of Tesco tomato purée are just Tomato Purée,Acidity Regulator (Citric Acid) so you know it is a very well made product. The tube contains 200g of tomato puree which does last quite a long while as I find a couple of squeezes on each dish is sufficient to get a nice taste. A 200g tube only costs £0.49 which I think is a real bargain as I have to say this puree is just as good as a name brand puree and this can cost a pound or two more.

          Per 100g of Tesco tomato puree there are only 97 calories and I never use as much as that per dinner so this is actually a really nice low calorie way to make a sauce as well. It's suitable for vegetarians as there are no meat ingredients in it. All in all, a nice ingredient with which to cook to make really tomatoey dishes.

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            06.06.2010 15:39
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            good quality

            Tesco Tomato Puree Tube

            I like to make my own pizza's and also spaggetti bolognaise and the best thing to use is Tesco Tomato Puree Tube to get a good full flavour of tomatoes into your recipes.

            The tubes of tomatoe purree can be bought for 45p and they will last you quite a while as you only need a small amount to add flavouring to your spaggetti bolognaise or on your pizza topping before adding grated cheese and your prefered meat, either pepparroni, spiced chicken or whatever you fancy on your pizza.

            Energy 59kJ (14kcal) 390kJ (95kcal)
            Protein 0.7g 4.8g
            Carbohydrate 2.7g 18.1g
            sugars 2.7g 18.1g
            Fat trace trace
            saturates trace trace
            Fibre 0.4g 2.5g
            Sodium* trace 0.1g
            Salt Equivalent trace 0.3g

            This is quite a healthy option to tinned tomatoes as it isn't high in fat or salt content and it thickens up and adds zest to the gravy if your making a stew.

            You get a 200g tube for your money which is reasonable and cheaper than some other brands at other supermarkets, I can't see why anyone would want to pay more as the taste is good and the quality is just as good as if you had bought a more expensive brand.

            I keep my tomato puree in the fridge once it has been opened then it doesn't dry up but it's alright to keep in the cupboard as long as the twist off lid is securely tightened and it will keep for about a month before it loses it's freshness.
            Here are a couple of quick easy recipies using tomatoe puree.

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            Spaghetti Sauce
            500 g plum tomatoes, peeled
            2 tbsp olive oil
            1 clove(s) garlic, crushed
            1 medium onion, finely chopped
            1 tbsp tomato puree
            1 tsp dried basil
            salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

            Gently fry the onion and garlic with a bit of oil until softened.

            Add the tomatoes and the tomato puree. Simmer for about 15 minutes until thickened. Stir occasionally.

            Add basil and season to taste.

            Try adding tuna, prawns, mixed seafood or beef. Even just other fresh vegetables to make it a vegetarian option.

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            Tomato Sauce for Meatballs

            400 g tomatoes, chopped
            200 ml tomato puree
            150 ml tomato paste
            oregano, chopped
            basil, chopped

            Combine first 3 ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Pour into saucepan and add basil and oregano. Add meatballs and simmer for about 30 minutes.

            have fun x

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              03.06.2010 12:56
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              A great product

              ==Tesco Tomato Puree==


              Having a tube of this tomato puree in the cupboard is a complete must for me as it really is so very useful. I have recently found out that it is a wonderful thing to spread on to a crackerbread in place of cheese spread and therefore I probably have been using it more than I normally would.

              The Tesco Tomato Puree comes in a tube which contains 200 grams of the product. It costs nearly 50 pence and is cheaper than buying a branded version of the puree.

              The product itself is basically a double concentrated tomato like paste. The tube is made from a bendy type of metal and has a screw cap which is easily removed and on first use the metal seal over the hold needs piercing which is done with the point inside the plastic lid. The puree flows out easily from the tube and the tube design works well at getting all the puree out when it is coming to the end of use.

              The puree, I find very delicious and as I have said before I can eve eat it spread on cracker bread or toast. The thick tomato taste reminds me slightly of a pizza as this is also a product that can be used when creating your own pizza. I use it for putting in meals such as spaghetti bolognaise and chilli con carne and the like. It is a very versatile product that I make sure I never run out of.

              The taste of the tomato puree is really as you would expect, and that is exceptionally tomato tasting. The puree is smooth and contains no seeds, lumps or anything other than a smooth paste of thick tomato. The deep red colour of the paste is lovely to look at and it is all natural as there is nothing other than tomatoes and a slight bit of added salt to flavour. The smell that comes from the paste is again really what you would expect as there is a very strong aroma of tomatoes and for me this is very appealing as I am a big tomato fan!

              Not only is the tomato puree extremely tasty, very versatile and affordable, it is also low in calories as for 100 grams of the paste, (half a tube) you are looking at having 82 calories, and a trace of saturated fat. There is however 18.6grams of sugar which is not so good. However on the whole when spreading some on cracker bread I only tend to use about a tablespoon or so (which is only ½ a syn on the slimming world diet).

              Overall, I really cannot rate this product highly enough. I cannot find a single thing that would put me off buying it. The quality is good and the price is reasonable for what you are actually getting so all in all I would have to say a 5 out of 5 star rating and an exceptionally high recommendation.



              Many thanks for taking the time to read.


              I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.

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                19.02.2010 22:05
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                A sure buy

                Tomato purees are used in many different way in our house. My boyfriend does most of the cooking and he uses a lot of it in nearly all kind of pasta sauces and casseroles.

                The Tesco tomato puree comes in a 200 grams tube which is in a card box. personally i find it is a bit of a waste, but I suspect it is the only way to transport the tube without smashing it. Think about toothpaste, just a bit bigger. The tube is sealed and you need to unscrew the lid and then turn it and pierce it.

                The shelf life of this product when not pierced or opened is long, but once we open it we do not leave it for more than one week in the fridge. Upon squeezing the tube a nice red sauce comes out. It smells nice, and it also tastes nice. I am not sure how many people like tomato puree sauce on its own, out of the tube, but I do. I like the taste of it, which I find quite addictive and I also like to play with it.

                If my boyfriend is cooking, I some time take the tube, squeeze a small pea of sauce and then smear it on his face. I do not want to divert too much, but I think it can be also a bit erotic to play in the kitchen with this product (any kind of tomato puree, not only the Tesco one, as long as they are thick enough) :) . Anyway.

                The sauces really tastes of tomato and is very thick. It goes well as a base for pizza and in casseroles and pasta sauces. We normally add some spices to it, but this does not mean that it does not have a good taste on his own.

                In the preparation of casseroles it is where I think it really makes a difference, since many products are these days altered with water, whether they are vegetables or meat, and the fact that this puree is quite concentrated helps reduce the amount of water which otherwise would go into the casserole.

                For pasta sauces, the puree is thick enough to add flavour to any sauce, however, if your sauce requires a long cooking time, I suggest you stick to peeled tomatoes.

                We also use this to prepare bruschettas. Bruschettas are very easy to prepare. You need some good bread, possibly baguettes or good sliced bread, you toast it, you them smear garlic and spread the tomato and add good virgil olive oil.

                I recommend this sauce as a good product for your kitchen.

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                  09.02.2010 23:00
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                  The Best Tomato Puree Going

                  At the weekend me and my 2 little sisters made our own pizzas using some bases I got in the supermarket and a selection of toppings and cheese. I knew we'd got tomato puree in the fridge but wasn't sure what brand it was, so when I got home I was mega pleased to see it was Tesco Tomato Puree because I think this one has got the best flavour out of all of the supermarket tubes.

                  It comes in a metal tube with a lid, like a massive toothpaste tube really! lol You can keep it in the cupboard when you first buy it but as soon as it's opened you have to put it in the fridge.

                  It's mega easy to spread onto the pizza bases and the puree is also very easy to squeeze out of the tube. It's got a plain tomato flavour and isn't seasoned with herbs or anything like that. The flavour is lovely and strong though and goes proper nice with anything I add it to, the pizzas on Saturday night come out wicked and the fresh tomato taste of the puree went yummy with the cheese.

                  This tomato puree is very thick and I reckon that gives it a very rich texture that you don't get with some other supermarket versions. The only one richer than this Tesco one is Napolina but that's nearly double the price and it's got a funny after taste that this one hasn't.

                  The flavour of this is mega tomatoey and I love it. Like I said I used it for the pizzas the other night but I also put it in stew and use it for some recipes that ask for chopped tomatoes, I know that sounds mad but using this gives the same results but means you haven't got chunks of actual tomatoes in the meal which puts some people including my 2 sisters off.

                  Recommended.... about 40p a tube and worth every penny of it!!!

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                    02.02.2010 15:59
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                    Tesco Tomato Puree - A must for the store cupboard

                    Tesco Tomato Puree Tube is one of the basic ingredients, I always keep in my store cupboard. I have tried more expensive brands in the past, but found that this one does the job perfectly. It has a really rich tomatoey flavour and is nice and thick, which makes it easy to work with.

                    I use this tomato puree for two specific tasks. It does a great job of adding extra flavour to a meal and it makes an excellent base for my homemade pizza. I love to add it in with gravy, when I am making a casserole. Some tomato puree and a few mixed herbs make all the difference to gravy. I do not add it all the time, but just when I fancy a change. I also like to mix it with mayonnaise, to make a creamy tomato mayo, which I stir into my pasta dishes. Finally, I always use it as a base ingredient on my homemade pizza. I have to admit that I do not make my own pizza dough, I buy a readymade pizza base. I spread a generous amount of Tesco Tomato Puree over the base, add fried onions, tomatoes, diced chicken style Quorn, peppers, cheese and herbs. It tastes absolutely delicious. As I said earlier, I have tried more expensive brands, but this one tastes just as good, for a far lower price.

                    Tesco Tomato Puree comes in a metal tube, but no longer has an outer cardboard box, which makes it more environmently friendly. A 200g tube will cost you a very affordable 33p, which is great value for such a versatile ingredient.

                    If you do use tomato puree, but buy a more expensive brand, give this one a go. The most you could lose is 33p!

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                    19.01.2010 17:57
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                    A great tasting, tangy, rich red puree, one of the best

                    This tomato puree is good value for money. Its has a thick consistancy unlike the cheaper ones and has a rich taste.

                    It comes in a in a metal tube, which is then put into a box, why I dont know. As other brands just give you the tube.

                    On opening the box and taking out the tube it has a screw cap and in the end of the cap is a pointer for piecing the metal. Which means the puree is airtight and will sit on the shelf for ages.
                    I usually have one on the go and one in the cupboard.

                    On opening the puree the smell is good and the consistency is rich, thick and red. I open mine and keep it in the fridge, it lasts ages and I have had mine in about a month.

                    My son doesnt like bits in his tomato sauce for his pasta, so I just squirt a bit into the pasta and stir, and it covers well.

                    I also use it in sandwiches, because having a real tomato makes them soggy but a little dab of this with ham is excellent. I`ve also used it in spag bol, chillies and with a tin of tomatoes and herbs to make a cheap sauce for pasta.

                    Its very versatile and I could use it for 101 things easily.

                    It has no bitter or tangy after taste and for 200ml for 50p, it has to be good value, as well as being good quality

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                    19.01.2010 17:37
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                    Pureeeeee

                    I am a big fan of cooking and love making pasta for my lunch box. I find that using tomato puree is certianly a cheap and sometimes quite a different way of making your pasta sauces. Usually when you cook a pasta sauce using a already made and flavoured jar, it isnt what I would call cooking!


                    I found this Tesco tomato puree for around 57p at my local Tesco store and thought Id give it a go. The tube is packaged in a box, which is probably unneccessary packaging in my eyes. In each tube you get 200gs, which is plenty for the price.

                    The tube is made of metal and has a screw top. It is one where you pierce with the lid to ´break the seal'. Until then you can keep it in your store cupboard for ages, which means it has a really good shelf life! Once opened, this puree will last in your fridge for about a week and a half. After that I propably wouldnt want it in my sauces.

                    When I was using this sauce I found it very easy to squeeze out of its tube and the colour was a rich kind of red, just what you would expect from a tomato puree. The smell - ditto.

                    I added this sauce into a pan with some butter and other essential pasta sauce ingredients and within a few minutes my sauce was ready. I found the puree easy to blend in and made a sauce rather quickly. Some purees can be too thick and can take ages to dissolve.

                    The taste of the sauce was nothing out of the ordinary and was just as you would expect from a tomato puree. For 57p or there abouts, I would definitely buy this product again. I didnt find anything wrong with it and it is indeed a staple item to have in your cupboards. Highly recommended for any tomato-ey dish you have coming up next.


                    It certainly does make, making tomato based dishes easy and its cheap too. You simple unscrew and squeeze... how much easier could it get!

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                      02.12.2009 20:31
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                      wouldn't want to be without it in the kitchen!

                      This very versatile basic ingredient actually brings back a lot of memories for me - it was always a staple ingredient in my Mum's fridge, and she'd use it in all sorts of ways, from bologneses to bizarre concoctions with garlic to ward off colds. We tend to use it in sandwiches, although on the rare occasions that I make bolognese completely from scratch I'd use a whole tube. Our nine-year old has recently got quite hooked on it when she's making her own sarnies, mainly ham ones, which is great as she doesn't like to eat a lot of fresh fruit & veg, and, strangely, definitely NOT actual tomatos, so it's a great way of getting the vitamin C in! I prefer it with cheese in sandwiches, or as a base for cheese on toast, which takes it nicely to our eldest who will only eat it if it's on a pizza base obscured suitably by cheese and pepperoni! It can also be used in tomato sauces, curries, even to make a tomato soup a little richer.

                      There are several brands now combining tomato puree with other flavours, such as garlic, herbs or chilli, but I always prefer to use the basic plain tomato, and Tesco's is quite good enough - it has a great rich flavour, and packaging-wise they've recently cut down on waste by doing away with the cardboard box that the tube used to be packed in. The sole ingredient is double-concentrated tomato, nice & simple - and it's stored in the cupboard until opened, when it should then always be stored in the fridge.

                      To sum up - it's something I always make sure that I have a spare of in the kitchen cupboard, as I know I'll always be needing it for something!

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                      30.11.2009 13:44
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                      My stock cupboard essential!

                      My 'stock cupboard' would make any seasoned cook cringe - I barely have any essentials, though I'm much better than I used to be. One day I'll be a proper person and have my own spice collection and random things like chickpeas! But until then, my stock cupboard consists of mainly lots of different kinds of pasta - giant (and I mean like 2 per meal) penne, bows with different coloured designs on, and of course the old favourite, spaghetti. As I love Italian food, I supplement this with another old favourite, tomato puree, which is in my cupboard until opened, when it's transferred to the fridge.

                      As I'm pretty lazy about cooking, I have to admit that I generally only use tomato puree for a few things, including supplementing tomato-based pasta dishes and for pizzas. I find that often supermarket pizzas come with minimal toppings, and so I like to top them up by spreading some tomato puree around the edges and adding cheese (Weight Watchers pizzas in particular are notorious for only adding toppings where they're visible through the transparent part of the box). Most of the time, however, I make a quick pizza by buying some garlic naan (just over 30p each), then spreading tomato puree on top and adding cheese and fresh veg. 10-15 minutes in the oven, add a salad or chips, and you've got a great meal that works out at pennies.

                      Personally, I feel that tomato puree is pretty identical between manufacturers. As it's a supplement rather than a main component of the food I make, then they taste pretty much the same, and can easily be masked. Tesco's tomato puree claims to be 'double strength', though I find it pretty average, which means it's ideal for pizza.

                      It comes in a black and red tube, with a screw on lid for freshness. It's like toothpaste, and rolling it up as you squeeze from the end means you get the most out of it. I assume it's some kind of thick foil/plastic combination as it seems sturdy and the puree keeps fresh for a long time.

                      I'd prefer to buy an organic version if possible, but as it stands Tesco's is good enough for my needs, and the tubes tend to last a long time. Sometimes they have 2 for 1 offers, and the use by date is so long that it's worth stocking up. It can be a bit difficult to get out and spread properly when it's been in the fridge a while, but it's not too bad, so five stars from me. If there's a cheaper version around I can't see it would make much difference in taste, though it's only a few pennies and I don't buy enough for a little cost discrepancy to be a worry.

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                      03.08.2009 21:21
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                      greeat to have a few tubes in the fridge

                      Tomato puree is an essential- anyone who has ever had a period of low income or been a student, is fully aware all you ever need is about 5kg of pasta twists and a few cans of chopped tomatoes and some tubes of tomato puree and you can at least eat tomato pasta!

                      Tesco Tomato Puree boast of being double concentrated so you need to use less to get the same tomatoey effect in your cooking. It is versatile- you can spread it on bread for bruchetta, spread it on a pizza base to make your own pizza, add it to cooking/ recepies, add it to meat for bolognese style meals - anything along the lines of Mediterranean cookery. You can really get creative.

                      One tube of tesco Tomato puree will give you 200g of tomato puree for 39p. The nutritional information is 14 calories per 15g tablespoon and only a trace of fat. So it is quite a "healthy" ingredient- plus tomatoes have all sorts of health benefits which seem to be in every magazine I see at the moment, so for a cheap, versatile ingredient I would recommend the tubed puree over the canned puree and Tesco's version is really good.

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                      02.07.2009 22:53
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                      Tesco Tomato Puree Tube is a relatively inexpensive product at 39p per 200g tube. It's not been the most reliable product over the course of the last few months though, as the price has jumped about the place from around 20p per tube up to nearly 50p per tube. It's been in and out of stock quite a bit in our local store too which is a real pain. There's nothing worse than picking out all of your ingredients for a dish, only to then not be able to get the last thing you need!

                      Using this product is easy enough. There's a sharp point in the lid of the tube which can be turned inwards to pierce the seal of the tube on first use. Beware that often the puree seeps out a little when you do this, so be ready to squeeze it over your dish or pizza base the second you open the seal.

                      It keeps well in the fridge and says it can be kept for up to a month after opening. I can't recall if we'd ever had reason to store a tube for that long, but I do know we've had open tubes in the fridge for a matter of weeks without there being any change in the flavour or consistency.

                      It's relatively thick usually, and it's got a good full tomatoey flavour as well. But I have to admit to jumping ship when a cheaper brand became available in Tesco recently. I find it's every bit as nice, and 10p a tube cheaper. So yes I do recommend this product, but there's nothing about it that's any better than the cheaper alternative available. So I have to go with three stars due to the stock issues and price changes.

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                        26.06.2009 23:12
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                        Tomato Puree

                        Cooking is an important part of my life as I love good food, which must be cooked well and seasoned properly, and I like to use fresh ingredients, local if possible, but here I find problems as in Scotland the tomato season is very short, and although we do get local Lanark tomatoes they are always expensive. This leads on to why I purchase tubes of Tomato purée, the Double concentrated purée adds a depth of flavour to my cooking that no fresh tomato can do.

                        Fortunately there is a reasonable shelf life so it is possible to have spare tubes in the cupboard, but once opened store in the refrigerator and it should be used within a month of opening. My tube has to be used by October 2010. The box and tube are similar to look at brightly red coloured tomatoes with the stalks attached, the Tesco name in white letters and a black square with white lettering showing the words "Tomato purée, Double Concentrated 28% -30%". The tube contains 200grams and on both box and tube on the front it gives details of calories etc.

                        The tube is made from strong metal, so doesn't split easily and the red plastic top unscrews and when turned upside down has a point that will pierce the metal seal on the tube, allowing the purée to be squeezed out. I like to roll up the tube from the base as I use it like with a tube of toothpaste.

                        Suitable for vegetarians this product does not list ingredients, so I presume it only contains tomato purée which has been double concentrated. The nutrition does say that there is a trace of salt in 1 tablespoon of purée, and 14 calories. Because it is concentrated only a little is needed in recipes to give a good flavour.

                        The purée is a deep red colour, and I have to admit I can't smell tomatoes when I sniff the open tube. It is made in Italy for Tesco.

                        I use the purée to give extra flavour to Tomato sauce and soups, to stews and casseroles, most Italian dishes, when making topping to go on Pizza etc. Another favourite use is putting in a good squirt with crème fraiche to make a sauce for pasta and adding smoked salmon, a little spinach wilted on top is nice too and gives a pretty dish. This meal can be cooked in minutes depending on timing for pasta and cooked in one pan, tasty, not too expensive and delicious!

                        A simple Spicy tomato Tagliatelle recipe I like is as follows, melt 3 tblsp Butter or Olive oil in a pan and add a chopped onion and a clove of crushed garlic, cook slowly until soft. Add 2 small red chillies, deseeded and diced , cook for 2 minutes then add 1lb. skinned, de-seeded and diced fresh tomatoes (if not available a tin of tomatoes is OK!) Add about 7fluid oz of vegetable stock less if using tinned tomatoes and bring to boil and then simmer stirring occasionally for 10 minutes. Blend sauce in a food processor and return to the pan and add 2tblsp purée, 1 tsp sugar and some salt and pepper to taste. Gently re -heat until hot and serve with cooked tagliatelle. Some fried pancetta or diced bacon can be added on top and some freshly grated parmesan if liked. There is enough sauce for 4 people, it can be kept in the fridge if you only need a little sauce.

                        The cost of a 200gram tube is only 39pence - really cheap compared with other brands and well worth buying to add some extra flavour to your cooking. A little goes along way so take care and it does stain if you get it on your clothes!

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