Sclafani Crushed Tomatoes - Bulk Buy for Pizza Making
I took the Sclafani Crushed Tomatoes plunge. Via a 12 pack of these 28 ounce cans from Amazon. They don't seem to be available locally and the price on Amazon comes out to $2.32 per can, so I figured I'd give them a try. I can get the Kroger brand of Crushed Tomatoes for $1.49, so there's certainly a premium, but these are (by all accounts) a good, quality item. When they arrived, I opend up the case and saw those adorable cans.
In the post from a couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that online pizza OG Adam Kuban was who recommended these via the instructions that SlowRise sent out related to Adam's Bar Pizza online class.
I've long been a user of 6-in-1 tomatoes, which are billed as "ground tomatoes", but unfortunately, our local Mariano's (Kroger) stopped carrying them in 28 ounce cans. They, occasionally get the gigantic, food-service-size cans, but I'm not equipped to deal with that volume of crushed tomatoes. The guys over at Zeppe's Italian Market in Naperville told me - the last time I was there around Christmas - that they were in the same spot. Only the food service cans.
So, that's forced me to turn to the store brand at Mariano's. I tried Cento, Marconi, Hunt's, Del Fratelli, Red Gold and TuttoRusso and I didn't fall in love. So, I went back to the very serviceable Kroger house brand. It is the one with the blue/teal label. See here.
In terms of pizza-making history on the blog, I've covered various tomato products over the years. Back ten years ago (wow...), I posted something about how the crew at Serious Eats did a test and found Trader Joe's to be the best (at the time). Something kinda "small world" here, is that the very post I referenced on Serious Eats was written by the very same Adam Kuban who recommended these Sclafani's and who's class I'm signed up for on Saturday.