If you’re a restaurant or chef, you know the importance of a little tube of high-quality, premium tomato paste or extract. These are powerhouses of flavor, capable of giving depth and richness to a sauce or broth in minutes, and they’re a must-have in the pantry. We source our authentic Italian pastes and extracts from Italy and the United States, plus keep on hand a variety of other premium bulk tomato products, like San Marzano tomatoes, passata rustica, dried tomatoes and more, all at competitive wholesale prices.
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Tomato products are a staple in American kitchens, but when not in the height of tomato season, chefs must do with the canner and tubed variety. Which is not a bad thing, since tomato pastes and extracts deliver a huge flavor bang for your buck and are a versatile ingredient to keep around.
What is Tomato Paste?
What is exactly tomato paste, and why is it a pantry staple? Tomato paste is made usually with Roma tomatoes which are sorted and pureed. The difference between American tomato pastes and authentic Italian tomato paste is that Italian manufactures heat the tomatoes at a lower temperature, something called the cold-break method, which heats the past to 150 F. Using this low temperature creates a tomato paste that’s less concentrated but richer, brighter, more colorful and with a fresher flavor. The paste is then evaporated of water to make the concentrate. Our Italian tomato pastes are double concentrated, which means they’ve been evaporated longer. American tomato paste does have its advantages, with a sweeter, more caramelized flavor and a thicker consistency that appeals to American palates.
No matter what type of tomato product your establishment needs, you’ll find Gourmet Wholesaler offers competitive pricing and shipping to the entire United States, so you don’t have to settle with whatever you find at your local supermarket. You can shop online 24/7 and we’ll ship to your doorstep. We offer tomato products both in bulk and in smaller retail packaging, so no matter the size of your business, you can shop tomatoes wholesale online.