Canned skewed tomatoes refer to peeled, cored and chopped tomatoes which have been processed in a pressure canner. The tomatoes may be prepared as whole tomatoes, cut into sections, or diced. Going through the process of making stewed tomatoes helps to lengthen the shelf life of the tomatoes so they can be used in various recipes at a later date. Part of the charm of stewed tomatoes is that they can be prepared using several different herbs and spices.
This helps to accentuate the natural taste of the tomato while locking in all the nutrients that are released during the cooking process. Ingredients such as green peppers garlic,parsley and onions may be added to the stewed tomatoes during the preparation process. The tender stewed tomatoes are ideal for use in soups, stews, and casseroles.
How to select
While selecting the canned stewed tomatoes, look carefully at the nutritional labeling and the expiry date. Avoid selecting the cans which are bulging or dented (may cause food poisoning) or if the can appears to be rusted or leaking. Available as whole tomatoes as well as diced versions, these canned versions of the stewed tomatoes are offered without any type of seasoning, as well as brands that include a range of herbs and spices. These canned versions will last a long time on the shelf and usually contain just as many nutrients as the homemade stewed tomatoes.
· The top uses for canned stewed tomatoes are Italian/Pasta Sauces, Chili, Soup, Pizza, Stew, Casseroles, and Mexican Dishes.
· As they are often more flavorful than commercially produced fresh tomatoes, canned tomatoes are well suited for curries
· Tomatoes are a great addition to bean and vegetable soups.
· Enjoy a classic Italian salad-sliced onions, tomatoes and mozzarella cheese drizzled with olive oil.
How to store
Like most canned goods, tomato products have a long shelf life. As long as they are unopened, they will keep in the pantry for up to a year. Once a can is opened, however, the contents should be transferred to a glass or plastic storage container (to prevent it from taking on a metallic taste) and refrigerated for no more than one week. Once the tomatoes are stewed, the whole tomatoes or sections can be placed into freezer bags and stored with ease in the freezer for several months. Make sure to press as much air out of the bag before sealing in order to maintain the highest level of freshness.
· Tomatoes have high concentrations of lycopene. Lycopene is a carotenoid and is one of the most powerful of anti-oxidants
· The body accesses the anti-oxidant properties best when the tomato is cooked or processed. The processing breaks the cells of the tomato down into a form where the digestive system can best process the nutrients provided. Lycopene within tomatoes is thought to have health benefits that extend to helping prevent cancer, reducing LDL cholesterol, and even slowing the aging process
· The nutrients present in canned skewed tomato include vitamins B, C, E, and K - with minerals iron, copper, phosphorous - plus protein, pantothetic acid, and niacin. .
· Tomato consumption is thought to help reduce blood-clotting and inflammation. The vitamin K helps maintain bone health by keeping up osteocalcin levels.
· Folate in tomatoes helps to reduce the risk of colon cancer. The chromium content of tomatoes helps diabetic patients maintain stable blood sugar levels.