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I read awhile back that almost all canned food contains BPA (which you can read about here) in the lining of the can. We go through a lot of canned tomatoes when they are not in season so I thought I’d do a bit of investigating to see if there was a brand of tomatoes that did not use BPA in their lining. Sadly, I found none.
I contacted Delallo since I heard a rumor that they did not use BPA. Here was their response:
Unfortunately, items such as tomatoes must have a liner to preserve the integrity of the product; it is also my understanding that can liners are universally made using BPA. Until the container manufacturers find a BPA free liner; I believe all can liners have some level of BPA present.
Food Safety Director
George DeLallo Company
I then contacted Eden Foods since I also heard that their tomatoes may be BPA free. Their response:
Eden Organic Tomatoes are packed in tin covered steel cans coated with a baked on r-enamel lining. Due to the acidity of tomatoes, the lining is epoxy based and may contain a minute amount of bisphenol-A, it is however in the ‘non detectable’ range according to independent laboratory Extraction Tests. These tests were based on a detection level at 5 ppb (parts per billion), the lowest detection level currently available.Sandra K. Baker
Eden Foods, Inc.
So even though Eden claims their BPA levels are undetectable I was still a bit leery and we thought it best to try to preserve our own tomatoes this year. Besides their are many more reasons to preserve your own food than avoiding BPA.
- They are a frugal alternative to the super expensive glass jars of tomatoes you find in the health store. Minus the cost of processing, which I realize could be significant, each quart cost about $1.90. That does not factor in the jars that will be reused, about 45% of the cost.
- You understand where your food comes from and the work it took to get there.
- You obtain some sort of self-sufficiency.
- You get great tasting canned tomatoes because they are picked and canned at the peak of ripeness.
- You can either grow your own or support local farmers in the process.
I have also been dehydrating cherry tomatoes and have accumulated a gallon of crunchy, sweet dried tomatoes. I hope to share my new love for food dehydration with y’all sometime soon.
What about you… have you tried canning tomatoes? What methods have you used?
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