Is there a difference between Tomato Puree and Tomato Sauce?

So I was shopping for crushed tomatoes at my local market when I found Cento Tomato Puree. Looks to me like tomato sauce in the photo in front of the can.

Is there a difference between tomato sauce and tomato puree and does anyone know what you can use this for?


Nicolas Rodriguez
posted almost 5 years ago

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Cento has a lot of tomato products, and it's not always clear how they differ. In this case, the puree consists only of tomatoes. The sauce on the other hand, contains additional ingredients including onion powder and garlic powder. Also, it's made from tomato concentrate.

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Raj Irukulla admin
posted almost 5 years ago

Here is an explanation from my good friend at Stanislaus Mark Kimmel
Tomato puree and tomato paste are both made from crushed and strained (finished) tomato juice. Tomato juice has been deseeded. It contains about 5% sugar solids.

Tomato puree is tomato juice that is concentrated by removing water in a vacuum pan, by boiling under a vacuum, until it reaches a solids level of 8% to 23.9%. It contains only tomato or sometimes added salt.

If you continue to boil off water, where the solids are 24% or greater, it is called tomato paste.

Tomato sauce is usually a 8-10% sugar solids puree, that you have added salt, garlic and onion powders, oregano, pepper, etc.

Crushed tomatoes are ground up tomatoes, with seeds, made with or without added puree for thickness. It can be made up from peeled or unpeeled tomatoes.

Concentrated crushed tomatoes or pizza sauce (with seeds) are made by crushing tomatoes and straining them through a larger screen to allow some seeds to come through. The strained juice is then concentrated (Remove water) to make pizza sauce or heavy pizza sauce (less water).

Juice, Puree, and Paste all have standards of identity from the FDA. Juice, Puree, Paste and tomato sauce have USDA grade standards.

Pizza sauce, crushed tomatoes do not have a standards of identity, or grade standards, so many packers can make them

Mark E. Kimmel

Tony Gemignani admin
posted almost 5 years ago

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