The generous people at Red Pack recently sent me some items to reviews. I love trying new products and so I found myself excitedly opening a gigantic box late one Saturday night.
I know there are people out there who hate the idea of canned produce. I’m not one of them. Sure, I prefer to buy fresh, local, organic tomatoes in the summer when they are in season. However, come winter, I’m not inclined to love the mealy, weak-tasting tomatoes that are commonly found in grocery stores.
Canned vegetables can be just as nutritious as their fresh counterparts. Often, they are much cheaper than their fresh counterparts. When the price of tomatoes is $4 a lb, I like being able to buy a 28 oz can of tomatoes for $2.
In the Red Pack delivery, I found a gigantic replica of a Red Pack can stuffed with 2 large cans of Red Pack tomatoes (one can of crushed tomatoes and the other of whole peeled tomatoes), a pasta fork, a can opener, and a pizza wheel.
First I made a spicy homemade pasta sauce with the crushed tomatoes and some browned salami. Delicious. The tomatoes were acidic and tasted great. After dinner, I packed up the leftovers for my husband to take to work for lunch the following day. Trust me, I was not disappointed when he left without grabbing it and I was “forced” to eat it.
Then, I made beef stew with the can of whole tomatoes, Wacky Mac rotini, and a whole lot of vegetables. Again, I was impressed with the bright juicy taste of the tomatoes. It was by far one of the best stews I have ever eaten.
Would I buy Red Pack products again? Absolutely. Last time I was in the grocery store, I checked out their price and found it to be comparable to every other brand out there. The only thing I was disappointed about was that I only got to try two of the flavors. They also make tomato paste, tomato sauce, and a few varieties of diced tomatoes.
You won’t regret giving these tomatoes a try in stews, soups, salsas, sauces, and more.