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October 11th, 2009
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Canned tomatoes, a justification
The reason I used canned tomatoes in that soup is that there's been scarcely a tomato that I've checked in the farmer's markets which smelled like anything. I'm guessing it's a result of a rather cool, damp summer in and near Philadelphia

I've also guessed without checking that if a tomato doesn't smell like much, it isn't going to taste like much. dcseain tells me that there's actually no correlation between flavor and smell for tomatoes, and I admit that I hadn't considered the possibility. I will say that insisting on tomatoes that smell good is a way of getting tomatoes that taste good.

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From:xiphias
Date:October 11th, 2009 11:57 pm (UTC)
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Canned tomatoes, in my opinion, are perfectly fine for soups and sauces. If it's a good fresh tomato, it'd be a shame to cook it, anyway.
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From:redbird
Date:October 12th, 2009 12:04 am (UTC)
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I can't think of a reason not to use canned tomatoes in soup or stew.
From:bruce9999
Date:October 12th, 2009 01:36 am (UTC)

Horse Manure tomatoes?

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I read somewhere the only way to get tasty tomatoes was to grow them in horse apples.

It must be true, it was in a John Sandford novel.
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From:thnidu
Date:October 12th, 2009 02:09 am (UTC)
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I agree with xiphias and redbird. But the heritage tomatoes at the Farmer's Market are nearly scentless till cut, ugly to the eye, and heavenly in the mouth.
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From:nancylebov
Date:October 12th, 2009 02:46 am (UTC)
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All of the heritage (heirloom?) tomatoes at that market, or a particular type?
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From:thnidu
Date:October 12th, 2009 11:18 am (UTC)
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I'm thinking of Fahnestock Farm, Landisdale Farm, Keystone Farm, and the Christophel Bros. Farm, at the regular markets in Clark Park. These are the produce farmers I normally buy from. We have a summer CSA with Landisdale and a winter one with Keystone. Basically, any produce from any of them is reliably good. I don't remember offhand which one has the heritage toms.; Landisdale, I think. I'm getting thirsty & mouthwatery just thinking about them. (And Fahnestocks peaches, OMG!...)
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From:bugsybanana
Date:October 12th, 2009 03:00 am (UTC)
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There was a widespread blight problem in the Northeast US this year, so the tomato crop is iffy in any case.
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From:lysystratae
Date:October 12th, 2009 04:04 am (UTC)
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I do the same thing, if they don't smell like a tomato they won't taste like a tomato.
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From:cathyr19355
Date:October 12th, 2009 04:38 am (UTC)
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A friend of mine who lives in southern New Jersey and who grows tomatoes in her back yard says she didn't get any tomatoes this year; they all rotted on the vine. :-{
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