Superior canned goods


#1

What do you keep on hand or splurge on?

This is what brought the subject to mind:

We don’t go through them fast but to me it’s nice to have when you’re making arroz con pollo or insalata russa.

https://www.nytimes.com/1990/05/16/garden/de-gustibus-the-sweetest-peas-smaller-is-better.html

Years ago a girlfriend’s uncle who was in the food industry told me that a company he’d worked for had done a series of tests and found that blindfolded consumers preferred peas from small cans over frozen and peas from large cans, though without the blindfolds they’d pick the greener frozen peas.


#2

Some other staples:


#3

#4

That’s funny. Those are the peas we ate growing up. I’ll keep some on hand. Thanks.

I really like that stock also.


#5

Add capers, minced red onion, cilantro (or parsley if your prefer). Add a tad more ‘good’ oo and ‘good’ champagne or the like vinegar and s&p.


#6

That’s pretty interesting re: canned peas.
I definitely enjoy the Pomi line of products.
You may want to try the DiNapoli tomatoes. They are quite good, too.


#7

Question please. I’ve never bought these super expensive canned tomatoes. Do you use them for anything calling for ‘canned tomatoes’? Or something more focused on the fruit? TIA


#8

I use them for anything that would cook down into a sauce. I have other applications, too, but nothing “focused on the fruit.”
They are also not super expensive to me. More expensive, yes. But not super expensive.


#9

Yes, the Ortiz tuna is great, as is the Portuguese brand As do Mar. Those are our standard tunas. My daughter served me Costco’s Wild Planet Albacore a while back, and compared to those, the Wild Planet tasted like cat food.


#10

But maybe not with a ‘sauce’ with meat?

Isn’t the price at least double?


#11

LOL. I know. There’s another brand that Costco used to sell of that ilk. I loved it til I ‘graduated.’


#12

Absolutely a sauce with meat.
The cost for this tomatoes may be double, but they are still fairly cheap.


#13

Thanks. You’re converting me :slight_smile:


#14

Make a double batch of the Hazan sauce, half with your usual and half with the Bianca DiNapoli or Pomi. See if it’s worth it for you.
An additional $5 to run the experiment.


#15

Or just trust you!


#16

I also like the Matiz brand and Jose Gourmet for tinned fish.
They are pricier than most tinned fish, so if I’m splurging then it will be for something other than a standard tuna or sardine.
Jose Gourmet has really good mackerel, octopus, and other interesting fish.


#17

I would have tried one of the Bianco DiNapoli pies at Pizzeria Mozza, but none of them included pork products.

I prefer Pomi’s box packaging, more efficient use of shelf space and if I don’t use a whole box I just fold over the top and clip it down. The 750s are $3.29 at Berkeley Bowl, which sometimes has them on sale for 30-40 cents off.


#18

Can you freeze them?


#19

We were in Fred Meyer in Seattle this afternoon and I planned on getting a couple of cans. But they didn’t have it! Will look in Reno when we get back.


#20

Freeze what?