THE TASTE TEST DRIED TOMATOES

The Taste Test: dried tomatoes

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 13 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 13 November, 2012, 9:30am
 

Melissa's Dried Tomatoes

HK$45.80 for 85 grams, Marketplace by Jasons

Made in the US, these are 100 per cent tomatoes, dried naturally with no salt added. They can either be rehydrated in boiling water for 10 minutes, or added directly into a soup, sauce or stew. Also goes great in salads and omelettes.

Verdict: meaty, chewy and subtly sweet, these are a great alternative to fresh tomatoes (which don't last as long).

Fiordelisi Sun Dried Tomatoes

HK$49.50 for 100 grams, Marketplace by Jasons

The label describes this as a "typical product for the Mediterranean diet" - which research has shown is heart-healthy - made according to a traditional Italian recipe of the Fiordelisi family. Contains only tomatoes and salt.

Verdict: as salty as anchovies - how can this be heart-healthy?

Marks & Spencer Sundried Tomatoes

HK$48 for 280 grams, Marks & Spencer

These sun dried tomatoes (54 per cent) are soaked in olive oil (43 per cent) plus a wee bit of a concoction of vinegar, herbs and spices - nothing artificial. Eaten straight out of the jar, it's great alone and really livens up pasta or toast.

Verdict: a versatile pantry staple, but don't forget to drain before use unless you enjoy a mouthful of oil.

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