What is crushed tomatoes?

Crushed tomato is made by crushing whole unpeeled tomatoes in a machine called a disintegrator. They are briefly heated, seasoned with salt and citric acid and canned. Citric acid also acts as a preservative.

Crushed tomatoes are packed with  peel and seed to enhance fresh tomato taste. Strained tomatoes are strained to remove the peel and seed.

What is the consistency of Crushed Tomatoes?

Crushed tomatoes are thicker than tomato sauce and strained tomatoes but have a pourable consistency. They have a texture between diced tomatoes and smooth tomato sauce.

Below is a photo of crushed tomatoes (left) and strained tomatoes (right)

What are the ingredients in crushed tomatoes?

The ingredients in crushed tomatoes are: tomatoes, citric acid and Salt. Some brands also have calcium chloride. Please read the label of your product.

The main difference between the major brands is in the amount of sodium added. Some brands are high in sodium.

Nutrition of Crushed Tomatoes

Great Value Crushed Tomatoes Per half cup (125ml)

  • Calories 50,
  • Sodium 190mg
  • Carbohydrate 10g (Sugar 6g, fibre 2g);
  • Protein 3g

Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA)

  • Vitamin A 15%; Vitamin C 30% and Calcium 2%

What can you use crushed tomatoes for?

Crushed tomatoes still retain a fairly bright flavour and can be used to make pasta sauces and quick tomato soups.

You can also use them in recipes calling for strained tomatoes or tomato puree. Strained tomatoes are smoother and do not have peel or seeds in them.

In general, you can use crushed tomatoes in any tomato based recipe.

myfavouritepastime.com Last Updated: November 10, 2018

Author: Liz

I love everything food: eating, cooking, baking and travelling. I also love photography and nature.

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