Q: With all the news about BPA, I've been trying to eliminate it from my diet. This hasn't been a problem except for one thing: canned tomatoes. Is there another way I can prepare tomatoes for pasta sauces, etc., that would be a good substitute? Could I make my own? Or are there any brands of canned tomatoes that come in glass?
Thanks for any suggestions you have. I miss my favorite pasta sauce!
Sent by Lucy
Editor: Here are a couple of past posts to catch you up on the BPA (Bisphenol A), a chemical found in some plastics and other food packaging.
• Food News: The Latest on BPA
• Ways to Reduce Your Exposure to BPA
It is possible to find preserved tomatoes that are packaged free of BPA. Here's a roundup of BPA-free tomatoes at one blog:
• jarred preserved tomatoes.
Ultimately, the most reliable way to have tasty tomatoes for the winter and spring is to preserve them yourself. You can buy them in bulk at the farmers market and can them, or else blanch them and freeze them. You can also make big vats of sauce and freeze those. We also love Margaret Roach instructions for "tomato junk", which she freezes in bulk each fall.
Related: What Can I Do With the Juice from Canned Tomatoes?
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