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Giant Foods - Never Use Processed Tomato Sauce Anymore

Giant Brand Petite Diced Tomatoes With Onion, Celery and Green Pepper - Compliment
Review by virgina_tide on 2013-01-21
Rating: StarStarStarStarStar
SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND -- Thanks to being introduced by a Sicilian friend the joys of throwing together a tasty (and fast) tomato sauce using browned minced garlic, olive oil, and crushed plum tomatoes w. sugar and spices, I haven't used processed jar sauce in years. (As for simmering a sauce for hours, my friend sneered you just end up with overcooked sauce).

But being lazy I was happy to skip having to mush up the plum tomatoes by opting for diced tomatoes in a can. Now I have found a lot of brands of diced tomatoes to be really good, but if you like a faintly sweet, bright tasting light sauce, I've found the Giant brand of Petite Diced Tomatoes with Onion, Celery and Green Pepper to be amazing - it's good straight from the can, just warm it up and dump on pasta. Since I like pepper, I might toss in some coarse black pepper and garlic, or mushrooms, or some meat, but I'm impressed that a canned tomato tastes THIS good with little or no amendments.

Can't beat it when it's a nasty cold day and you need a good meal after a long workday. I stock up on these regularly - inexpensive, made in U. S., nothing artificial. Great stuff if you like a light sauce that is a touch sweet - reminds me of some expensive summer tomato sauce you'd get at a restaurant.
Comments:7 Replies - Latest reply on 2013-01-22
Posted by trmn8r on 2013-01-21:
I don't agree that "you end up with overcooked sauce" if you cook sauce for hours. Unless you don't put enough water in, this is not true at all. If you don't, yeah, it burns on the bottom. But that's a person who doesn't know how to cook sauce.

My sauce needs 3 hours to cook, to develop the right flavor.
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2013-01-21:
Thanks for the review. I can't stand the taste or even the thought of jarred sauce. But, I did have to chuckle at your friend's comment about it being 'overcooked'...just like 8er, 8er, my 8er, I cook my own all the time and mine cooks for at LEAST 4 hours. And I have to see the reduction line of about 3 inches. I make enough to freeze for another time. It's so simple and tastes so much better than bought sauce.

Man-O-Man, If I EVER brought a jar of sauce into the house for my Italian Dad....he'd put me up for adoption!!!
Posted by Alain on 2013-01-21:
I like this labour saving tip!! Inexpensive and easy. Yep, that's my style of cooking. Anyway, if my wife wants fancy cooking when she gets home from work, she can always order pizza or take me out to an Italian restaurant.
Posted by clutzycook on 2013-01-21:
A man who cooks, I like that. Sure wish Hubby would do that for me. The man gripes about my cooking so much, I've been tempted to tell him to do it himself if he thinks he can do better. Unfortunately, he'd just order takeout and would be perfectly fine with that.
Posted by spiderman2 on 2013-01-21:
I actually by Giant brand on a lot of things and the quality is very good. To the OP, there are many different types of sauces used for pasta. Some cook for a very short period of time and some simmer for several hours. Each of these sauces taste different and have a different texture to them. Most Italian families have their own sort of twist on their sauce. Doesn't mean someone else's sauce is crap :) I'm glad you are making your own, its much better to control the ingredients. DB -- both of my Grandmothers would come back to haunt me if I bought a jar of sauce.
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2013-01-21:
Spiderman, my Dad doesn't even want the hear the words, 'Rago' or 'Prego' in the house...LOL!
Posted by virginia_tide on 2013-01-22:
What can I say, LOL? My friend is a totally adorable and snarky Sicilian who introduced me to the wonder of a little sauteed minced garlic in oil improves just about anything, as long as you don't BURN the garlic. My own mother would always slow-cook her meat sauce. Being able to whip out a tasty sauce in 15 minutes was a revelation to me. It's also a revelation that ANYTHING straight from a can tastes good, without doctoring it up - way to go, Giant. Now if the store would just go back the the bakers it used to have - my last Giant cherry turnovers had 3 cherries in them.

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