Q. Do you use BPA free containers?
A. Yes, all of our containers are now BPA free. Now before you can ask about taking out BPA and putting in something else…let us tell you! Our BPA FREE CONTAINERS DO NOT CONTAIN BPS, BPF, or phthalates. The lining inside the can puts a barrier between the tomatoes and the tin-free steel. The lining may be various colors of gold, but it is all the same BPA free lining…a high performance polyester (not the same as your pants!) and has been developed and tested repeatedly by our container suppliers and us for safety, shelf-life and flavor protection.
Q. Are your containers recyclable?
A. Every one of them! You don’t want to stand in one place too long at Tuttorosso, as we copiously recycle! We recycle plastic, metal banding, white paper, cardboard, fiberboard, glass, writing utensils, magazines and batteries. We also recycle the vines and peels from the tomatoes, turning some of them into silage for cattle and some of them into compost. At Tuttorosso, we’re obsessive about producing the best tomatoes in the most sustainable and environmentally conscious way…it’s the right thing to do.
Q. What does 'best by' mean?
A. Here’s what it is! The ‘best by’ date is a guarantee that the product within will have the best quality if used by the ‘best by’ date.
Q. What if I cannot locate the 'best by' date?
A. Generally speaking the shelf life of our unopened canned products is about three years. If you have had a can on your pantry shelf for a really long time, look at the can carefully…if it is leaking or swollen, do not open it and discard the can.
Q. What is the shelf life of canned tomato products after they have been opened?
A. We recommend that you store opened canned tomato products and juices in a sealed plastic or glass container for no more than 7 days in the refrigerator. Remember, our products contain NO PRESERVATIVES! The most important thing to remember is that cans are ‘preserving’ containers, but once the seal is broken, cans are not meant to be ‘storage’ containers.
Q. Are Tuttorosso products made in the USA?
A. They are not only manufactured in the USA (Indiana to be specific), but our tomatoes are grown in the most luscious soil in the USA…Indiana, Ohio and Michigan! Over 50 family farms grow over 14,000 acres of tomatoes for Tuttorosso, all within a 200 mile radius of our manufacturing facilities.
Q. Sometimes I see tiny white, c-shaped items in my whole peeled, diced or crushed tomato products...What are they?
A. Our tomatoes are soooo ripe when we pick them, you just might see these in any whole peeled, diced, sliced or crushed product. What you are seeing is the interior of the seed structure after a seed has been compressed. Cut open a very ripe tomato, take out a seed and press on it with your thumb. A little white, c-shaped structure will pop out. When isolated by themselves, without the luscious tomato wrapped around them, they can have a worm-like appearance. If you see these in your product, no need to worry...they are just another part of the tomato and are fully safe and edible.
Q. Are canned tomatoes already cooked and ready to eat, or do I have to cook them to use them?
A. The very essence of canning is to preserve the tomato by cooking it in the can, thus avoiding all preservatives. Although canned tomatoes are most often used as an ingredient (pasta sauce, chili, soups, etc.) where you will actually cook them, they are also great right out the can...ready-to-eat! Throw them in a blender to make homemade salsa or drain them and use on salads, tacos and bruschetta!.
Q. What type of tomatoes do you grow?
A. We grow NON GMO Roma tomatoes with the optimum combination of heartiness, texture, sweetness, color, and consistency…and oh, yes, they taste heavenly!
Q. Do Tuttorosso tomatoes contain GMO's?
A. No, No, double no! Look for the NON GMO Project Verified icon on the front label, you know, the one with the butterfly!.
Q. Are Tuttorosso Products gluten-free?
A. Yes, all of our Tuttorosso tomato products are GLUTEN FREE!
Q. Does your product contain any of the 8 common allergens?
A. Tuttorosso products do not contain, nor are they in any way cross-contaminated with milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat or soybeans. They are also made without casein, potato, sesame and sulfites. All of our products comply with the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protections Act of 2004. If you are allergic to something else, and need to know if we use it in our products, we will be pleased to answer the question you send to email@example.com
Q. Do you add MSG to any of your products?
A. No, no, no! MSG is used as a flavor enhancer and we believe our beautiful Midwest grown tomatoes need NO enhancing! Count 'em, that's 4 No's!
Q. Do you use High Fructose Corn Syrup?
A. Nope, we use cane sugar.
Q. Are there nutrients that aren't listed on the back panel of the label?
A. Oh my yes! Tomatoes are super-good for you! There are too many nutrients to list all of them on the nutritional facts panel, but all of our "branded" labels include the government's mandatory labeling requirements for nutrition.
Q. What is lycopene?
A. Lycopene is the red pigment of the tomatoes. It is a powerful antioxidant that eliminates dangerous free radicals and protects our cells. A lycopene-rich diet may do the following:
Although a recommended amount of lycopene has not been established, the Harvard Medical School published a report in Harvard Health Publications that recommends 10,000 micrograms of lycopene per day from ‘food’. Every tomato contains lycopene, but cooked and concentrated tomatoes contain even more lycopene than the raw fruit. Tomato juice has just under 22,000 micrograms per cup! Break out that Red Gold Fresh Tomato Juice and drink up!