FAQ

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How does canning work?
  • The tomatoes are picked at their ripest and processed immediately.

  • First, the skins are removed.

  • Next, the tomatoes go into cans with salt or no salt and fresh tomato juice.

  • Finally, the can is sealed, heated and held at temperature until the contents are sterile. The sterilization process actually cooks the tomatoes right in the can.

Are Thomas’ Utopia Brand’s canned tomatoes packed in cans with enamel lining that contain bisphenol-A?

None of our Thomas’ Utopia Brand tomato products use BPA in the manufacturing of the can lining.

What is the shelf life of Thomas’ Utopia Brand Organic canned tomatoes?

Three years. A ‘Best by’ date code is printed on the top of each can. Example: 2015SE11.

How are Thomas’ Utopia Brand™ Organic Whole Tomatoes peeled?

Thomas’ Utopia Brand™ Organic Whole Tomatoes are hot water bathed before mechanically peeling.

Does Thomas’ Utopia Brand™ offer sodium free and low sodium canned tomatoes?

Yes. Thomas’ Utopia Brand™ canned Tomatoes are offered with low salt or no salt.

Do Thomas’ Utopia Brand™ Tomatoes contain the antioxidant lycopene?

All Thomas Utopia Brand™ tomato products contain the antioxidant lycopene.

Are Thomas’ Utopia Brand™ tomatoes gluten free?

Thomas’ Utopia Brand™ canned tomatoes are gluten-free. Ingredients in our canned tomatoes include tomatoes, water and sometimes salt.

What is the difference between varieties of canned tomatoes?
  • Whole tomatoes are generally sold peeled, in either juice or puree. This is usually the highest quality tomato product. If your recipe calls for crushed,

  • Diced tomatoes are generally tomato chunks packed in tomato juice. They can be an excellent timesaver.

  • Crushed tomatoes are a mixture of diced tomatoes and tomato puree or paste.

  • Stewed tomatoes are cooked and then canned, usually with other seasonings and sugar added.

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