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Wondering what brand of canned tomatoes you all buy....

I know most of them contain BPA in the lining of the cans (most canned food has BPA - Eden does not tho.) I am currently buying some organic brand of tomatoes imported from Italy hoping that maybe they don't use it because Amy's and others do.

Next summer we plan to can our own, but in the meantime wanted to make sure people are aware of this and see if anyone has more info than I do.
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I've been getting all of my tomato products from Trader Joe's. They say their brand does not have BPA in the lining (I contacted them a while back and asked).

Bionaturae (sp?) also has a couple things in glass, but not everything I need.

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There's another brand of canned in glass organic tomatoes, and I can't remember it, but it's fairly mainstream.

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There's another brand of canned in glass organic tomatoes, and I can't remember it, but it's fairly mainstream.
THat would be great! Can't say I have seen them in my area, though.

The trouble seems to be, with tomatoes anyway, that if the cans aren't lined with something then the acidity interacts with the aluminum and the aluminum is leeched into the tomatoes. At least that is my understanding. So, darned if you do (have bpa) and darned if you don't?

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I've seen some of the biionature brand in jars - but when I bought their strained tomatoes it was nothing like canned tomatoes which they don't have in jars. It was more like tomato juice.

I thought there was something else they could line them with to prevent leaching of aluminum? I think I'd be happier with aluminum than BPA tho. At least aluminum is naturally occuring which means our bodies have some small abilities to filter it - unlike BPA.
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Could some one explain a bit more about BPA in can linnings?
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I think I'd be happier with aluminum than BPA tho. At least aluminum is naturally occuring which means our bodies have some small abilities to filter it - unlike BPA.
Makes sense to me.

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Could some one explain a bit more about BPA in can linnings?
Okay, looked it up for myself, Bisphenol-A- UGGHH! So is this in my Native Forest Coconut milk cans too???

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: yet another reason why I need to start canning my own this summer.
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: yet another reason why I need to start canning my own this summer.
I freeze them whole instead. It's easier and not a problem if you have the freezer space.

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I freeze them whole instead. It's easier and not a problem if you have the freezer space.
So you peel and cook them (not necessarily in that order, lol) then freeze them?

We have a huge deep freezer and I've frozen blueberry jam (and homemade prepared foods and breads obviously) but never anything else.
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So you peel and cook them (not necessarily in that order, lol) then freeze them?

We have a huge deep freezer and I've frozen blueberry jam (and homemade prepared foods and breads obviously) but never anything else.
No. I put the raw tomatoes into a ziplock whole, and stick them in the freezer.

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that's it?

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that's it?
JOY!
Well, that's all we do, and it seems to work fine. I havn'et had any problems, and it hasn't killed us yet. LOL

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canning isnt difficult, especially something as simple as tomatoes. i really feel tomato flavor is never the same once chilled. (no offense)

it is also really nice to have prepared sauces, whole tomatoes, crushed, etc that you dont have to thaw.

we already limited storebought canned goods, but now the coconut milk (rarely used), and sardines are in question.

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we already limited storebought canned goods, but now the coconut milk (rarely used), and sardines are in question.
Let's do Organics sells a Coconut milk concentrate that is packaged in boxes. I don't know if it would work for everything, but it does well in cooking. The 7-ounce pack rehydrates into 21 ounces.

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This is my new favorite thing to worry about!!!
We currently buy the jar of tomatos strained and paste.
I really really like the taste. You can also get them in the
tetra pak. I am really concerned about this because the
acid in tomatoes would make things break down easier right?

Next summer I plan on getting lots and lots of tomatoes, roasting them till they split in a low oven and packing in glass containers and freezing them (because I am lazy and will be expecting a baby any moment when tomatoes are in mega season).

On the coconut milk front we got coconut cream from Tropical Traditions and now make milk from a few teaspoons-you save save save!
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How do I find out which brands contain BPA?

I thought canned goods were a good choice because the cans are recyclable- tetra packs are not recycled in my area, even though theoretically they can be recycled.

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On the coconut milk front we got coconut cream from Tropical Traditions and now make milk from a few teaspoons-you save save save!
Would you mind sharing how you do that? thank you
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Would you mind sharing how you do that? thank you

Sure, I just gently heat a little water on the stove and carve out a few teaspoons of coconut cream and viola!
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Sure, I just gently heat a little water on the stove and carve out a few teaspoons of coconut cream and viola!
So how many teaspoons to how much water? or is it just to taste? thanks
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At least aluminum is naturally occuring which means our bodies have some small abilities to filter it - unlike BPA.
Not for those of us that have problems with retaining metals!!!!

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So how many teaspoons to how much water? or is it just to taste? thanks
I would say to taste. Yesterday I made one cup with about 2.5 t.
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Are the "boxed" tomatoes safe? safer?

I had been buying pomi brand because it does not contain citric acid.

For freezing tomates, I peel and then cut with kitchen scissors - I also keep a container in the freezer and time I de-seed I add to this container...
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I like to do huge shallow pans of slow roasted oven tomatoes ( in season ) and then freeze them. I've also found that a T. straight to frozen, even in their jackets, compromises their beautiful flavor. But then there is nothing more georgeous or rewarding, to me, then staring at one's shelf of ruby red mason jars that have been 'put by'
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I know most of them contain BPA in the lining of the cans (most canned food has BPA - Eden does not tho.)
FYI, Eden DOES use BPA in their canned tomatoes!

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Eden was one, but they DO use BPA in their canned tomatoes:

Common Brands of Canned Foods and Company Responses

Amy's: Not Safe
Company says they DO use BPA.

Bionaturae: Depends
Bionaturae carries tomato paste and strained tomatoes in jars, but the company says they DO use BPA in cans. However, they are researching an alternative.

Eden: Depends
Company says they DO use BPA in tomato cans. However, organic bean cans do NOT contain BPA.


Muir Glen: Not Safe
Company says they DO use BPA.

Trader Joe's: Safe
Company says they do NOT use BPA.

Westbrae Natural: Unclear
Company email response says "We do not test our packaging for Bisphenol A."

Westbrook Farms: Safe
Company says they do NOT use BPA.

Wolfgang Puck: Not Safe
Company says they DO use BPA.

Progresso NOT SAFE
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thanks for the detailed info. I was referring to beans as far as Eden - I don't think I've ever even seen their brand of tomatoes around here. Didn't know they even had them.
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In agreement w/ concern over BPA. I know Sally Fallon also advocates using canned sardines, anchovies, etc. and I would imagine most of those would also have BPA in the linings. I used to like that you could get canned wild salmon for a very inexpensive price (as opposed to fillets), but I stopped eating that quite a while back as well. BPA is also even used to line some box-type containers like Chinese food takeout style containers, so I would imagine even "carton" type packaging of some items would contain BPA in the lining. (I'm thinking of the cartons like those that hold some of the broths/soups/rice milk/etc.)

I use Bionature (spelling?) strained tomatoes and tomato paste, both available in glass. I haven't found any good crushed/chopped tomato solutions. I thought I recalled Eden having BPA in the linings for their tomato products but not the beans, and it seems like someone confirmed that above.

We used to can tomatoes, and I think we're going to go back to it this year!
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I buy 'canned' tomatoes that come in aseptic packaging (a box similar to the material that shelf-stable rice milk/soy milk are packaged in).

Pacific Foods makes organic diced tomatoes and tomato sauce in the boxes and there's no BPA in them. POM makes boxed tomatoes as well (nonorganic).
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I normally can my own, but this year I did roast tomato's w/ garlic and sea salt and freeze for chilis and such. They have turned out well, wasn't my first choice in preservation, but had a newborn in the house and my options where limited.

I have bought some Muir Glen tomatos, I thought there were a "safe" one, guess not, darn!
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