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Spicemode + Tomatoes

December 20, 2015 2 Comments


/təˈmādō/, n.

A glossy red, or occasionally yellow, pulpy edible fruit that is typically eaten as a vegetable or in salad.

Just kidding! We all know this.

The Many Faces of The Packaged Tomato

  • Whole tomatoes are generally sold peeled, in either juice or puree. This is usually the highest quality tomato product. 
  • Diced tomatoes are tomato chunks packed in tomato juice.
  • Stewed tomatoes are cooked and then canned - typically with other seasonings and sugar added.
  • Fire-roasted tomatoes add a smoky flavor to dishes.
  • Tomato paste is a thick paste that is made by cooking tomatoes for several hours and reducing them to a thick, rich concentrate.
  • Crushed tomatoes are typically diced tomatoes accompanied with tomato paste or puree, the equivalent of whole peeled tomatoes going through a food processor. Containing seeds, this type of tomato varies in texture. With no official definition, they range from chunky to watery. A signature in stews and sauces, crushed tomatoes achieve a better flavor when cooked slow or a thicker texture when cooked on high. 
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    How to Prep

    Canned Tomatoes:

    • Ready to use
    • Drain depending on the dish/amount of tomato flavor you want to achieve.

    Fresh Tomatoes:

    • Wash and peel (if you want).
    • Cut or crush with your hands depending on what your recipe calls for.

      If interested in canning your own tomatoes take a look HERE.

      Spicemode + Tomatoes

      Tomatoes complement our signature cooking sauces + seasonings. Try Spicemode's Chicken + Chickpea Curry w/ Yogurt. Made with tomato paste and our signature Masala Cooking Sauce, this homestyle one-pot meal will satisfy all of your guests!


      Spicemode's Pantry features ingredients and spices that are either featured in or are complementary to Spicemode's signature cooking sauces + seasonings.

      2 Responses


      April 06, 2015

      Holy moly, I think I just got a twitch from winatng that so badly.Fortunately when I get home I’m totally going to hit that. I have one beautiful tomato left from my last farmers market visit and basil in my garden!!


      April 02, 2015

      - Too bad about your totaomes! If you make fried green totaomes though, I definitely want to hear about them!Oh, and it’s cool the way Muriel’s hands look like they’re glowing in this picture. That’s gotta be worth something, right?

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