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ISO: Local - Best Canned Tomatoes for Italian Sauce

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ISO: Local - Best Canned Tomatoes for Italian Sauce

threedogs | Sep 21, 2011 01:57 PM

Hey guys - I have a mission, and I hope some chowhounds can help me.

My son, who has gone through hell & back again (gf's son was taken by her drug addict-ex, who lied to the court, etc. & it took a yr of red tape to get him back), has asked me to make him (his words) a "huge vat of sauce." Now that things are finally at a pretty normal state with all of us, I guess he's craving the comfort food of his own youth - growing up, we always had sauce (Italian red sauce, known as gravy in *my* younger days) with everything in it.

He's chipping in what he can, but all of our moneys are tight right now - so I'm trying to find the best deals for my ingredients. And by best deals, I mean best quality for least amount of money, as I want this to be terrific for him, of course.

I think local sausages has pretty much been covered her on Chowhound - I figured I'd look at McKinnon's (I'd get the hamburg for the meatballs on the same trip of course), or take a look at DePasquale's in Newton (haven't been there, but it's close to me - I'm in Watertown now). I've already located the Marguerita Pepperoni - but I'm hoping I don't have to pay top dollar (translated: Stop & Shop price) for the canned tomatoes.

Usual brand we used (when my kids were little) was Pastene (my mom used it so there's a big nostalgia factor going on here), and my now passed away SO used to use 7-11 brand, which he'd get at restaurant supply places. I haven't seen this for a long time, and the place he used to purchase it is now gone.

So if anyone knows of someplace local selling either of those brands at a decent price (I don't have either a Costco or B.J.'s membership anymore), or if you want to share another brand that's good - I'd appreciate it. Otherwise, I guess I'll just bite the bullet & pay S & S or Shaw's prices. Ouch!

Thanks to all for any suggestions!

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