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The temps are rising, and summer cooking is on the menu. And, whether it’s simple, on-the-go meals or elegant alfresco entertaining ideas you seek, you’ll find adding crushed tomatoes to your go-to ingredient list might just take your culinary satisfaction to new heights. While tomatoes are certainly in season during the sultry months of summer, there are many key advantages to having crushed tomatoes as part of your pantry’s foundation all year round. Like almost any ingredient that you use to cook with, there are a few general “rules of thumb” to note, some fun back story and lingo to learn and creative recipes to explore. Don’t worry, we’re serving all that up in a nice little crushed tomato guide that we’re sure you are going to love. Let’s start crushing on crushed tomatoes, shall we?
Secret Ingredient Alert: Crushed Tomatoes Make Meals Better
Fresh versus canned crushed tomatoes. Fresh tomatoes are delicious this time of year. They offer a world of flavor to your roasted dishes and fresh salads, but the canned crushed counterpart also has much to offer. The advantages of having crushed tomatoes around are many, such as:
Storage and ingredient best practices. Of course, not all crushed tomatoes are created equal. Be sure to read the ingredients, check out expiration dates before using and ensure the cans are dent-free. There will be a few ingredients, such as citric acid, to maintain proper pH levels and firmness. You may opt for a salt-free option and add salt to taste for your recipes, but beware of a laundry list of unwanted/unneeded ingredients when shopping for crushed tomatoes.
The healthy addition to your summer recipes. Low in calories and overflowing with fiber, iron, and vitamins B6 and C, crushed tomatoes can be a healthy addition to your meals. They bring lycopene, the trending antioxidant that has been shown to lower the risk of heart disease, cancer and even certain degenerative eye diseases such as macular degeneration.
Creative recipes equal happy families. Now that we’ve built the case for crushed tomatoes, let’s get to the good stuff – recipes! Check out some fun summer recipes to get your mouth watering and your creative cooking wheels turning. There’s no time like the present to start planning your summer menu.
Everyday flavor hacks – summers can get busy, but flavor doesn’t have to wane.
Crushed tomatoes can also be the featured ingredient in many of your dinner party favorites. Here are some ideas for your summer entertaining menu.
Crushed tomatoes can be a powerhouse ingredient to add the perfect amount of savory tomato-infused goodness to any dish you’ve got on the menu this summer. Now that you know the ins and outs of cooking with them, your summer line up has so much more potential. Be sure to stock a shelf in your kitchen with Flora Foods crushed tomatoes for the best in quality and flavor. Flora Fine Foods has a complete line of authentically-Italian tomatoes and tomato sauces to add flair to your recipes. Our tomatoes hail from the San Marzano, region known for its quality and flavor. You’ll find all our tomato options from peeled to diced and, of course, crushed in your local market.