Product Type: Napolina Spices & Seasoning
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Best everyday tinned tomatoes
Napolina Tinned Tomatoes
Member Name: Catamarca
Napolina Tinned Tomatoes
Advantages: Flavour, consistency
Having tried many different brands of tinned tomatoes, I can confidently say that these are the best that are readily available. You can certainly save some cash by buying cheaper alternatives, but they are cheaper for a good reason - they are far less flavoursome and far more watery.
The type I most often use is the Napolina tinned plum tomatoes. We normally have at least a couple of tins in store as they are used so often in our kitchen. They are great in everyday tomato-based sauces. Certainly don't think you have to use fresh tomatoes for these: for far less hassle, you'll get something at least equal to the fresh version and often better as the quality doesn't vary.
Why so good? The sauce is thick and rich, yet unflavoured by added ingredients, with plenty of plump tomatoes. I find ten minutes on a moderate flame is enough to reduce one tin to a consistency that can be used for a huge variety of sauces. I like to chop the tomatoes into fleshy pieces with a spatula, though blending with a stick blender is good for smoother sauces. If using the former method, you may like to remove the rather hard ends of the tomatoes.
(A suggestion - fry a tin with a little olive oil and chopped garlic for 10 minutes, then season and stir in mascarpone to taste. Serve with parmesan. Much, much better than the watery supermarket version!)
I have also used the cherry tomato tins and have found these of a similarly good quality. They aren't as versatile as they have a distinct, sweet flavour, but the Napolina version is perfectly good for recipes that call for this ingredient.
Napolina packs of 4 tins usually cost just under £2, but Tesco frequently sells them for half price. It's well worth stocking up if you use tinned tomatoes regularly and see this offer. Occasionally, the individual tins are priced more cheaply - always compare to be sure.
Summary: Stock up when they're on offer!
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