By Erin Huffstetler | 03/16/2020 | 2 Comments
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Making a soup, stew, chili or sauce recipe that requires one or more cans of whole peeled tomatoes? If you don’t have any in your pantry, here are a few things you can substitute.
Have some tomatoes on hand? If so, consider making your own whole peeled tomatoes. They’re nothing more than tomatoes that have had their skins and cores removed. Plum tomatoes, like Roma and San Marzano, work best. You’ll need one pound (approx. 5-6 tomatoes) to make the equivalent of one 14.5 oz. can, or two pounds (approx. 10-12 tomatoes) to make the equivalent of one 28 oz. can. Here’s how to peel tomatoes, and here’s how to core them. The whole process should take you 15 minutes or less.
Crushed or Diced Tomatoes
If you only have canned tomato products on hand, your best best is to replace the whole peeled tomatoes called for with an equal amount of crushed or diced tomatoes. Go with crushed tomatoes, if you’re preparing a slow-cooked dish, or a soup or sauce that’s supposed to have a smooth finished texture. Go with diced tomatoes, if you’re preparing something that will only cook for a short time, or that’s intended to have a chunkier finished texture. Since both crushed tomatoes and diced tomatoes have already undergone a round of cooking, you may find that this substitution speeds up the cooking time of your recipe, and/or allows you to skip a few steps.
Stock Up on Homemade Whole Peeled Tomatoes
Whole peeled tomatoes are the most versatile of all canned tomato products. Consider making a bunch when tomatoes are in season, so you can enjoy them year-round. It’s an easy beginner’s canning project. Here are step-by-step instructions to take you through the process of canning whole peeled tomatoes:Print
- Fresh tomatoes, crushed tomatoes or diced tomatoes
- From Fresh Tomatoes: Peel and core plum tomatoes to create your own whole peeled tomatoes. Use one pound (approx. 5-6 tomatoes) to replace one 14.5 oz. can. Use two pounds (approx. 10-12 tomatoes) to replace one 28 oz. can.
- From Crushed or Diced Tomatoes: Replace can for can. Use crushed, if you’re making a slow-cooked dish, or a soup or sauce with a smooth texture. Use diced, if you’re making a dish with a short cook time, or chunkier texture. Since crushed and diced tomatoes have already undergone some cooking, you may find that your recipe doesn’t require as much cook time. You may also find that you’re able to skip a couple steps in your recipe.
*Nutrition Facts based on substituting with plum tomatoes.