There is a lot of talk about BPA in canned goods. BPA is used in many products. Canned goods are a concern because BPA is used in the linings of canned goods. Why should you avoid BPA? You can read all about that here. Eden Foods makes BPA free cans for their beans, but they don’t have canned tomatoes. According to the website, How Stuff Works, most organic brands of canned tomatoes do still use BPA in their liners. The article is very interesting because they actually do rate brands. You may be surprised at the ratings. The good news is, it’s so easy to make your own diced tomatoes! It literally take just a few minutes. These homemade diced tomatoes would be perfect in my Crock Pot Tomato Sauce or my Sweet Potato Chili.
These diced tomatoes can also be made in a larger batch and frozen.
Homemade Diced Tomatoes
Say goodbye to canned tomatoes!
- 6 vine ripened tomatoes (you can use more if you like, I just had 6 on hand)
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- Wash and core the tomatoes.
- Bring a large saucepan to a boil.
- Drop the tomatoes in the water. Leave them there for 1 minute, then drain the water, and throw them in a ice water bath to cool them down. About 1 minute.
- Once the tomatoes are cooled, you can easily peel the skins off.
- After the skins are peeled, dice the tomatoes.
- Put the diced tomatoes back in the sauce pan with the salt and any other seasonings you may want to add. Let them simmer for about 5 minutes.
- Remove and store. I stored mine in a glass mason jar in the fridge. You can freeze them as well. Just make sure you use a freezer safe container.
- This recipe make about 2 cups diced tomatoes. That is equal to a 15oz can of diced tomatoes.
You can see the step by step photos below this recipe.