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 Post subject: Where to buy fire roasted tomatoes in the UK?
PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 6:31 am 
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Hello all,

The latest recipe on the PPK blog calls for fire-roasted tomatoes. Does anyone know if they are sold in the UK? I'm in London, if that makes a difference. I've googled but not turned up any confirmed sightings.

Thanks for any help!


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 Post subject: Re: Where to buy fire roasted tomatoes in the UK?
PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 8:11 am 
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I'm not sure they're easily available, if at all. I would just sub regular tomatoes and maybe add a drop of liquid smoke if you think you need to add something.


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 Post subject: Re: Where to buy fire roasted tomatoes in the UK?
PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 9:10 am 
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I just made that recipe last night. I used diced tomatoes and added a couple of drops of liquid smoke. You could probably get away with not using it with as much smoked paprika is in the recipe. I don't know how much of a difference it made with the liquid smoke, but it was pretty goddamn awesome soup.

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 Post subject: Re: Where to buy fire roasted tomatoes in the UK?
PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 10:09 am 
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Yeah, perhaps they aren't crucial considering there's already smoked paprika in the soup.

Still - they sound like a tasty ingredient so I'd be pleased if I could find them somewhere!


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 Post subject: Re: Where to buy fire roasted tomatoes in the UK?
PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 10:14 am 
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I've never really thought of fire-roasted tomatoes as particularly smoky flavored. They do have a richer flavor than normal tomatoes, I assume from the caramelization of the sugars, but they don't have that strong "liquid smoke" type of smokiness to them. I'd just sub normal tomatoes or roast fresh ones.

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 Post subject: Re: Where to buy fire roasted tomatoes in the UK?
PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 9:45 pm 
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To me, fire-roasted tomatoes taste sweeter and richer than regular tomatoes, not necessarily more smoky. I don't know if any specific stores around where you live will have this, but when I lived in the UK (which was a few years ago now) some Morrisons stores had these oven-roasted tomatoes with garlic along with the fancy olives and cheeses and stuff like like. I would probably use regular diced tomatoes in the soup but then add a couple of those oven-roasted fancy deli tomatoes (chopped up finely) into it because they have a similar (albeit more concentrated) flavor to the fire-roasted ones that come in cans. Or you could roast your own.


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 Post subject: Re: Where to buy fire roasted tomatoes in the UK?
PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 8:15 am 
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So fire-roasted tomatoes are something more along the lines of sunblush tomatoes?


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 Post subject: Re: Where to buy fire roasted tomatoes in the UK?
PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 11:17 am 
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Yes, that's what they're called! Thanks. In terms of flavor they're sort of similar, in terms of texture no. The texture of canned fire-roasted tomatoes is the same as regular tinned tomatoes, but you know how the sunblushed tomatoes have a sweeter, more intense flavor than regular tomatoes? It's sort of like that but less concentrated. You can get them with or without herbs and garlic added. I wouldn't just use a ton of sunblushed tomatoes in a recipe because they're expensive and the flavor is sort of strong, but adding a few minced up sunblush tomatoes to a pot of regular tinned tomatoes would mimic the flavor closely enough, in my opinion.


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