They weren't dented and the best-before date was not impending. Word on the check-out was that Globe tomatoes were a discontinued line and the Co-op was trying to shift them quickly. Naturally we were keen to help in the process.
For a week it appeared that either we were the only ones aware of this incredible discount, or the supply of tomatoes was endless. As fast as we were loading up our cycle panniers and bags, the shelves were being replenished. We began doing crazy calculations to work out how many tinned tomatoes we eat in a year, or a decade, and wondering whether we could buy a lifetime's supply. Even though it's not difficult to multiply by 10p, I would still gasp with surprise when 20 tins trundled along the conveyor belt and the check-out assistant really did only ask for £2.00.
|A small selection of my tinned tomahto collection|
In the end we didn't hoard a lifetime's supply, and eventually the supply dried up. But we do still have a LOT of tomatoes in the cupboard.
And strangely enough (or maybe not so strangely), because they're there, our tomato consumption has gone up. I would never have imagined this happening, but I've fallen in love with tinned tomatoes on toast; gently heated and with a drizzle of chilli oil on top, or some marmite beneath, they're quite palatable.
And then there are all the usual uses - pasta sauces and bakes, curries, slow cooker dishes...
But is there some wonderful tomato dish that I haven't thought of? What's your favourite thing to do with tinned tomatoes? And what kind of a tinned tomato person are you - plum or chopped?! And crucially: tomayto or tomahto?!
Tinned tomato facts:
- They are one of the best
saucessources of the carotenoid pigment lycopene which some studies suggest helps prevent prostate, lung and stomach cancer.
- Tomatoes are an exception to the rule that food loses micronutrients when it is heated - the lycopene in tomatoes is better absorbed when heated.
- They contain bone strengthening vitamin K.
- And antioxidants vitamins C and E, which are beneficial in preventing heart disease.
- One half cup of tinned tomatoes provides 20% of the daily recommended value of vitamin C.
- Tinned tomatoes count towards your 5 a day.