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The success of a recipe will largely depend on the quality of tomatoes that go in them.
Cook’s Illustrated Magazine conducted a taste test and recommends Muir Glen Organic Crushed Tomatoes with Basil. I agree that they are one of the best tasting! I use them because I think the flavor is rich with an ideal balance of acid and sweet without a harsh metallic taste. Here is where to purchase them on Amazon. I also appreciate that the tomatoes are organic. In studies done by the Environmental Working Group, tomatoes were found to contain high levels of toxic organophosphate insecticides.
I also feel better buying canned food that has a BPA-Free lining to limit my family’s exposure. And Muir Glen only uses BPA-free liners. I am concerned about BPA because according to the Environmental Working Group, “BPA is a synthetic estrogen that can disrupt the endocrine system, even in small amounts. It has been linked to a wide variety of ills, including weight gain, infertility, breast and reproductive system cancer, obesity, diabetes, early puberty, behavioral changes in children and resistance to chemotherapy treatments.” (To see if your cans have a BPA –free liner, look for a goldish type liner inside).
I had a difficult time finding these tomatoes as they are not readily available in stores. I did find them at my local QFC and on Amazon. I was surprised to find that they are actually less expensive on Amazon Click here to purchase. http://amzn.to/202Pg0Q