Canned tomatoes

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When You Just Can't Handle One More Winter Tomato
Fresh tomatoes in January are often a sad sight, and they're certainly no bargain (about $5 a pound). Canned tomatoes, though, whether they're whole or chopped, have a much more concentrated flavor than fresh tomatoes do, and cost way less (about $2 a pound). If you're making a tomato sauce and want it to have a deep, rich tomato flavor, go with canned, says Sabrina Sexton, lead instructor at the Institute of Culinary Education, since "it's almost impossible to achieve it with fresh."