When it comes to making red sauces, one can never be too prepared… except in my case. What you see to the right is my handy plastic crate completely brimming with cans of diced tomatoes, stewed tomatoes, tomato sauce, and tomato paste.

As you can see I’m not exactly brand loyal when it comes to tomato products. I’ve got Hunts, Del Monte, and Contadina, just from what’s visible. I basically buy whatever Costco or BJs is selling when I’m there, or whatever is cheapest at the supermarket.

When I’m shopping for basic ingredients like tomato products, I’m really focusing on finding any product that is simple– I don’t like the ones that add lots of sodium and preservatives and I NEVER buy the ones that have extra seasonings and flavors, like the ever-more common basil-infused tomato or the garlic & tomato paste.

When you’ve only got a limited amount of cabinet space you need to focus on stocking simpler ingredients, and combining as needed. Or you could get a lavendar crate and put your tomato products in the living room.

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