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BPA-Free Tomatoes for Your Pizza Sauce? Yes, Please!

July 20, 2010

I recently found two must-read posts at fabulous eco-family blog The Soft Landing that list BPA-free canned foods, including packaged tomatoes!

This is big, folks. Tomatoes are high in acid, which causes increased leaching in canned goods. That means tomatoes are some of the least safe canned foods and the hardest to package without sturdy BPA-laced linings.

If you use canned tomatoes as much as I do (and don’t have time to can them yourself), you must check out your options. And then, to celebrate, MAKE pizza!

This pizza sauce couldn’t be easier. Think it sounds too simple? I’ve been eating NYC pizza since I was a wee little one, folks. I promise you’ll be happy. And don’t think that because the sauce is so simple you have to go crazy. Just grab some dough from your local pizza joint (take advantage of where we live; it’s eating local!), add some of this sauce, and top with cheese (I like to use a combo of shredded and slices of fresh mozzarella). Want to get really crazy? Add an egg. That’s right—an egg! Take a look and read more here.

Back to BPA-free canned foods for a second. Because, other than tomatoes, there are way more BPA-free choices than I expected. I knew that Eden Organics was the only company in the US currently using BPA-free linings in all of their canned goods beans, but other companies (including Trader Joe’s) are starting to go BPA-free, too. Check it out. And then, to celebrate, EAT your pizza!

One Hungry Mama Rustic Pizza Sauce
makes enough for 1 1/2-2 pies, depending on how saucy you like your pie

1 28-oz can whole peeled San Marzano tomatoes
1/4 c olive oil
1/2 tsp salt

1. Place ingredients in a pot over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil. Turn heat to medium and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally to break down pieces of tomato, for 45 minutes.

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Kids change the way we cook, but they don’t have to change how well we eat. Get more family-friendly recipes, tips and techniques to satisfy your own hunger and inspire healthy hungers in your children on Stacie’s blog, One Hungry Mama.