Many of us are concerned about BPA these days, and with the chemical lining most metal cans as well as jar lids, where to find BPA-free canned tomatoes is a frequent question. If you're not into putting up your own (with BPA-free canning lids), then Pomì might be the answer. Italian company Boschi started selling Pomì brand tomatoes in 1935, and they have been available in the US for about three decades. Grown in Italy without the use of GMO seeds or pesticides, the tomatoes are packaged in BPA-free aseptic cartons. The company says that no BPA is present in any of the raw materials used to manufacture its packaging, which also "consists of up to 75% renewable resources, such as wood which is only obtained from sustainably managed forests."
We recently sampled Pomì's two tomato products, Chopped Tomatoes and Strained Tomatoes. (The company also makes pasta sauces.) The first thing we noticed was the ingredient list: just tomatoes. No water, preservatives, citric acid, or other additions. Both the chopped and strained tomatoes have a fresh flavor, with a nice balance of sweetness and acidity. Fresher tasting than most commercially canned tomatoes, they're also free of that tinny flavor. The cartons can be stored without refrigeration and, once opened, up to 10 days in the refrigerator.
On the negative side, aseptic cartons are not widely recyclable (check with your city or recycling center), and the Italian origin certainly adds a lot of food miles. However, we never have enough local, home-canned tomatoes to last us the whole year, so we'd definitely consider keeping some of these in the pantry for pasta sauces, soups, pizzas, and more.
Do you use Pomì tomatoes or any other BPA-free brands?
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Emily Ho is a writer, recipe developer, and educator. She lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches classes on food preservation, wild food, and herbalism. Emily is a Master Food Preserver and founder of LA Food Swap and the international Food Swap Network.
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