First off, sorry about the lack of posting this week. Things got crazy all at once and I was just so overwhelmed by it all that honestly, even logging in to say I wouldn't be posting felt like a bit too much. But I'm back now, so let's not dwell on the past!
Instead, let's talk about delicious food.
I've discussed my concerns about tomato products here in the past--the quality control issues, and the issues with chemicals in canned tomatoes. So you can imagine how happy Mr. Scrimp and I were to find that our local Whole Foods and our local Italian/import grocery store both carry Pomi tomatoes.
Pomi tomato products are imported from Italy, are all natural, and come in boxes, rather than cans. They run cheaper than jarred tomato products, too, which is nice because the stuff in jars gets really expensive, really fast.
We have now bought and eaten both their tomato puree and their strained tomatoes. In both cases, I was blown away by the difference in flavor between these and tomatoes sold in metal cans. There was no plastic or metallic taste in these at all. In fact, if I hadn't been there to see the boxes being opened, I might have been able to believe that these were jarred at home or even prepared fresh. I also have noticed that they lack the intense acidity that so many canned tomato products have.
We had been in the process of switching to tomato products sold in glass jars, but these were less expensive and a better value anyway.
We are definitely sold on Pomi and no longer buy other tomato products at the grocery store. I still hope to can a lot of my own this summer, but if you don't feel like canning or didn't do it last year and have to wait until this summer, you really should see if you can find some place that carries these in your area, and make the switch.
(Note: If you can't find somewhere in your area that carries Pomi, you can also order them online, by the box at Amazon, or by the case at VitaCost)