I use canned tomatoes in my cooking all the time. I make my own sauce when I cook spaghetti and other pasta dishes and canned tomatoes make it SO easy. And it tastes so fresh- or at least as fresh as I can get without having a garden in my backyard because that would just be mean for me to kill all those poor, unsuspecting vegetables (gardener, I am not).
So when I was contacted about a giveaway for Redpack Tomatoes, I was excited. I’ve USED this product before! On my own! How fun to be able to share it with my readers.
In case you aren’t familiar with Redpack Tomatoes and what they’re all about, you can find out all sorts of useful things over on their website, RedpackTomatoes.com. Redpack claims to have a ‘tomato obsession’, specializing in growing and creating products involving only tomatoes (no beets or brussel sprouts or pearl onions, as their website makes clear. heh) They’ve been doing it all for a very long time, so they know their stuff.
But enough about all that. LET’S TALK FOOD.
Here is what Redpack sent me.
I don’t know if you can tell from the perspective, but that big can? IS HUGE. It made me laugh so hard when I opened it. How fun is that? A gigantic, oversized can of tomatoes filled with kitchen goodies!
I also received a few recipes to try out using some of the Redpack products. I decided to test the Tomato Risotto In Minutes- because I love rice and cheese and tomatoes, and I love things that are easy to make. WIN.
4 tbsp butter
1 clove garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
1 28 ounce can Redpack Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic, and Oregano
1 1/2 cups uncooked Arborio or other short-grain white rice
1 15 ounce can Redpack Tomato Sauce
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
In a 4-quart, microwave-safe dish, combine butter, garlic, and onion. Microwave on HIGH for 3 minutes. Place Redpack Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic, and Oregano in the dish and microwave until hot but not boiling (2 minutes).
Stir in the rice; cover and microwave on HIGH for 6 minutes. Stir in Redpack Tomato Sauce and microwave on HIGH for an additional 10-12 minutes or until liquid is gone. Stir in cheese and serve.
Hey, how did Snow White get in my kitchen?? (my little helper)
It tasted pretty darn good when it was all finished. I actually couldn’t find Arborio rice at my grocery store (FAIL.), and I couldn’t find any short-grain rice either (FAIL!) So I subbed in a medium-grain rice. This just meant it took a LOT longer for the rice to absorb the liquid and get nice and soft. But once it did and I mixed in the cheese… YUM. And easy! Not as magical as risotto you’d make on the stove, I’m sure, but seriously: a 4 year old helper and a baby in the house. Who has time for that??
So! Do you like tomatoes? Do you like to cook? You would love this gift pack, trust me. And you can win one! Just leave a comment telling me about your favorite recipe or dish involving tomatoes and you’re entered to win. Simple! I’ll pick a random winner on Friday April 8, 2011.
Additional entry: If you want to have another chance to win, go ahead and leave another comment with a link to your Twitter post about the giveaway! Tweet it now »
WE HAVE A WINNER! The random number generator spit out #3, which was Melissa (moodypeach.net). Congrats, Melissa!
Disclaimer: I was given the Redpack Giftpack for the purposes of this review and giveaway. The opinions expressed are my own, and no additional compensation was received.