TPWC Member Highlight: Ingomar Packing Company

TPWC Member Highlight: Ingomar Packing Company

Get the scoop on Tomato Wellness member, Ingomar Packing Company. We are proud to have this company as part of the Tomato Wellness Family and read to the end to see how in one of the worst droughts California has ever seen, they have figured out how to grow their own water!

Ingomar Packing Company is known as a premium supplier of industrial tomato products. Operating out of Los Banos, CA, they now have two processing facilities to ensure the consistency in producing high quality tomato products. Their tomato products include tomato paced and diced tomatoes which are world-renowned for their premium quality and taste.

What makes this organization so special is their continued support for their local community, their close attention to customer needs and their emphasis on environmental sustainability. Their business model highly relies on the local relationships they have with tomato growers. This relationship allows for community support and direct communication concerning the farm to processing procedure.

Each customized process guarantees that people receive their desired level of consistency and quality of diced tomatoes and tomato paste. Throughout the process, field, production, and QA teams ensure the utmost color, flavor, and texture of the tomatoes, which make them a perfect ingredient base in a wide array of products. 

The attention to detail can also be traced back to the equipment that is used for processing, as the needs of the customer are taken into consideration when packing every order. In 2010, Ingomar Packing Company established an initiative to cut back on waste products and pollutants to protect the environment and continue to stay mindful of their environmental impact. They installed solar panels and have a system to minimize overall water waste. 

And maybe most exciting of all, they have partnerd with an Australian company to extract the water from the tomatoes to be purified, repurposed and made available as drinking water! In a time where we are all facing historic drought condifitions, this is a monumental breakthrough. Watch this video to learn more! 

We absolutely adore Ingomar Packing Company and their passion for their community and their products. Try one of their tomato products in some of our favorite recipes!

Walnut and Mushroom Ragu
Sausage Tortellini Soup
Huevos Rancheros
Greek Style Braised Eggplant

TPWC Member Highlight: Stanislaus Foods

TPWC Member Highlight: Stanislaus Foods

Get the scoop on Tomato Wellness member, Stanislaus Foods. We are proud to have this family-run company as part of the tomato community!

Stanislaus Foods has been a landmark in the central valley of California for 80 years. In 1942, they first opened their doors in the heart of Modesto, California. They take pride in offering high-quality tomato products to chefs and Italian restaurants throughout the country. Their lineup includes a variety of options from whole peeled and diced tomatoes, purees, and pastes to fully prepared pizza and pasta sauces.

“You can’t make good wine from bad grapes,” is a motto that the Cortopassi’s stand by in their effort to make great-tasting tomato products. They took the values instilled from their Italian parents and grandparents. Hard work, doing your best, not cutting corners, and keeping your word are just a few of the “real Italian” values they brought into their business. As a family-owned business, they make it a point to work with farmers who share their passion and beliefs. 

 

To ensure consistency in their products, each load of tomatoes is evaluated to determine key flavor characteristics. Their Raw Product Lab is unique to Stanislaus Foods and allows them to make necessary adjustments to continue to offer the same great-tasting product in each and every can. We are OBSESSED with their Basil Room! It’s always our favorite part of their tour. 

Welcome a piece of the Cortopassi family into your home by trying one of their traditional Italian recipes.

Lala Ethel’s Sugo Genovese
Salsa di Cipolle e Capperi
Sugo alla Melanzana

Canned tomatoes in the kitchen

Canned tomatoes in the kitchen

The end of summer is not the end of tomato season. Canned tomatoes ensure that you can enjoy all of those wonderful tomato recipes (and health benefits) year round! 

Tomatoes are a versatile produce item that many people have in their kitchens. And for good reason! Tomatoes are teeming with health benefits (since they provide antioxidants in the form of lycopene, beta-carotene, and vitamin C) which can help reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. They are also great to use in a variety of meals and snacks! 

While fresh tomatoes may be available year-round, they are only in season during the summer months. So, if you’re looking to get that fresh summer tomato flavor all year ’round, canned tomatoes are a fantastic option! Canned and jarred tomatoes are harvested at their flavor and nutrition peak and canned within just a few hours. Plus, they are quite affordable, meaning that this is a budget-friendly, easy, and convenient option for you and your family.

In addition to the affordability of canned tomatoes, they are rich in vitamins and minerals your body needs to function properly and can help boost energy and reduce the risk of certain diseases. In fact, studies have shown that canned tomatoes are even more nutrient-rich and environmentally-friendly than fresh tomatoes. And, as people continue to cook from the comfort of their own homes, canned tomatoes have grown in popularity thanks to their ease of use, high nutrition content, and a variety of forms (like tomato sauce, tomato paste, marinara sauce, salsa, and diced, stewed and whole tomatoes).

While you can used canned tomatoes in soups and chilis, here are some other ideas of how to use them in the kitchen.

1. Make salsa. During the summer months, it’s usually fresh tomatoes that find their way into salsas. As the seasons change, they may not be available (or might be too expensive). Luckily, canned tomatoes work just as well, are less expensive, and offer more health benefits! Check out this recipe for a delicious homemade salsa.

2. Homemade marinara. Skip the store bought options and make your own! A homemade sauce will be lower in sodium and a lot more flavorful. The best part is that you can adjust seasonings to fit your personal taste!

3. Add some variety to your dips. The addition of tomatoes can make an ordinary dip extraordinary. We love the unexpected flavor combination in this Tomato Pesto Hummus.

4. Add it to a quiche. Fresh tomatoes are delicious sliced on top of a quiche, but you can achieve the same flavor using canned tomatoes. Try out this quiche recipe for your next brunch.

5. Use it when cooking grains. Substitute diced tomatoes (along with the juice) for water when cooking rice or quinoa. It will add flavor and nutritional value.

What are your favorite ways to use canned tomatoes in the kitchen? Let us know!

TPWC Member Highlight: Red Gold Tomatoes

TPWC Member Highlight: Red Gold Tomatoes

Get the scoop on Tomato Wellness member, Red Gold Tomatoes. We are proud to have them on board as part of the tomato community!

When the United States joined World War II, the Reichart family answered the call to action and began producing canned tomato products for the troops. Red Gold Tomatoes is a Midwest company that has been offering quality goods since 1942, and they are currently the largest privately owned tomato processor in the country. They own several brands and product lines, work with family farms across Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio, and operate multiple state-of-the-art facilities in Indiana.

Family Owned, Grown, and Made in the USA! For four generations, the Red Gold family has been working with local family farms to grow the highest quality, best-tasting tomatoes in the world. 

Their mission statement is to produce the freshest, best tasting tomato products in the world. There are a total of eight brands that operate under the Red Gold label. They offer a wide variety of tomato-based products including diced and stewed tomatoes, sauces, ketchups, condiments, juices, and mixes. Whatever you need, Red Gold is there to provide high quality ingredients.

Red Gold operates on three pillars of success: superior quality, outstanding service, and operational excellence. Their 1,300 employees strive to uphold these values every day. Beyond their excellent products and service, Red Gold proudly supports hunger and disaster relief organizations and partnered with Folds of Honor to support military families.

Try some of these fabulous Red Gold recipes in your kitchen!

Fideo Soup
Cajun Chicken Pasta
Monte Cristo Salad

Best soup recipes for fall and winter

Best soup recipes for fall and winter

Looking to warm up during the cooler months? Here are the best soup recipes for fall and winter that are also dietitian approved. 

There’s nothing quite like a comforting bowl of tomato soup to warm your soul, which is why these hearty soups are a nutritious option that will leave you feeling cozy. Additionally, these soups have ingredients that you may already have in your kitchen (like canned and jarred tomatoes), making them an easy option to whip up on any weeknight.

Thanks to the canned tomatoes, these recipes are heart healthy options that are also teeming with nutrients. And, since tomato sauce is rich in lycopene, it also contributes to a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, as research shows that tomato products play an important role in preventing platelet aggregation (i.e. reducing the amount of blood clots that can lead to cardiovascular diseases). Additionally, tomato products can improve cholesterol by improving lipid profiles, as studies have found that consumption has lead to a significant decrease in cholesterol and triglyceride levels, as well as body weight and fat percentage.

So, go ahead and enjoy the following categories in this recipe collection: 

  • instant pot soup recipes
  • crockpot soup recipes
  • vegetarian soup recipes
  • vegan soup recipes

Your heart, soul, and taste buds will thank you. Bon appetite!

 

Best soup recipes for fall and winter

These hearty soup recipes are sure to warm your soul during fall and winter.