Traveling with Tomatoes

It’s the middle of the summer and many people are still on vacation or planning day trips to the park or beach. For those of you packing tomatoes to bring with you, we suggest that you follow these tips to make sure that your fresh whole tomatoes arrive at your destination.

Taking Tomatoes on a Flight 

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You may want to take some tomatoes home with you after finding Tasti-Lee Tomatoes in the grocery store of the place you were visiting, or you might want to bring some home grown Tasti Lee® tomatoes from your garden to a loved one. In either case, you’ll need to check to make sure that they are packaged correctly.

According to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), “All food must go through the X-ray machine. Do NOT bring food to the security checkpoint unwrapped, as shown in the image at the right. Food must be wrapped or in a container. Unpeeled natural foods like fruit are okay, but half-eaten fruits must be wrapped.”

What this means is that you can bring tomatoes, but be sure to keep them wrapped or enclosed in a container. If you have sliced one, wrap it in plastic wrap or a handy tomato container like this one http://www.containerstore.com/s/kitchen/food-storage/specialty/123?productId=10015132

Road Trip with Tomatoes

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You don’t have to worry about your tomatoes too much when in a vehicle. Just makes sure they are in a container with little room for movement. This will prevent the tomato from bouncing around and becoming bruised or cut. If your vehicle is left for a long period of time and it’s hot outside, be sure to leave the tomatoes out of direct sunlight. Tomatoes should stay at room temperature to assure optimum freshness and flavor.

Now that you know how to travel with these healthy treats, pack them for your next trip to use in a sandwich, salad, or gift for when you arrive. Tasti-Lee® Tomatoes love to travel!

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Low Calorie Foods to Satiate Hunger

When trying to maintain or lose weight, hunger can make it a losing battle. The good news is that there are some foods that can help you. They are low in calories, but high in appetite satisfaction. Stock up on these foods when you need to nibble.

Watermelon watermelon

Watermelons are in season, so grab some at your local farmer’s market or stand. They have a high water content and only 30 calories for every 100 grams you consume. The calories are minimal which can be easily burned by walking up a flight of stairs.

Cauliflower

Instead of eating potatoes, which can be higher in calories, mash up some cauliflower. This easy alternative only has 25 calories per 100 grams.

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Chomp on these green little trees to satisfy your hunger for only 34 calories in 100 grams.

Carrots

Some say they improve your vision, we say they are delicious. Snack on these little sticks to satisfy hunger with only 41 calories per 100 grams.

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Tomatoes are also high in water content and only contain about 18 calories. The added benefits are improved skin health and hydration, which is important during the summer months.

Choose Tasti-Lee® Tomatoes, which are NON-GMO and field grown!

Mushrooms

Mushrooms have cancer fighting properties and boost your immune system at the same time, to protect you against illnesses. With only 38 calories in 100 grams, what a great addition to any salad or meal!

broccoli-cauliflower-salad-30986320Combine some of these foods to create a salad that will be low in calories and high in satiation. You can always add dressing to these foods, but be sure to factor in the extra calories. Many times, you can use salt and pepper and small amount of olive oil for a healthier alternative.

Happy snacking!

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How to Use Tasti-Lee Tomatoes as Part of Your Skincare Regimen

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Tomatoes are amazing fruits! They are healthy for your inner and outer body. What many people don’t know is that they can use tomatoes to enhance their beauty. All of the nutrients inside of tomatoes that make your body healthy can make your skin just as vibrant.

 

Shrink Your Pores 

When pores get to be a bit too big for your liking, you can use tomatoes to shrink them. Just squeeze some tomato juice into a small amount of water (about a tablespoon) and apply the mixture to your face with a cotton ball. Leave the solution on your face for about 15 minutes before washing it away.

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Vitamin C is known to make skin glow. Since tomatoes have a lot of vitamin C in them, they are perfect to boost your skin’s brightness. Just cut a tomato in half and rub the cut side on your face. Let the tomato juice rest on your face for 15 minutes and then wash away the dullness.

Treat Acne

Many acne-fighting products contain vitamin A and C. Tomatoes have a high level of both of these vitamins, which makes them perfect for treating acne. All you have to do is either cut a tomato in half and rub it on your acne or remove the skin of one tomato and mash it. Take the pulp and spread it on your face. Allow it to sit for an hour and then wash it off completely. Many people report this helps rid existing pimples and prevent new ones.

Now that you know some new ways to use tomatoes on your skin, head out to your local grocery store to pick up some Tasti-Lee Tomatoes. Our tomatoes are highly nutritious for not only the inside of your body, but the outside of it too!

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How Long Do Tomatoes Last?

Many of our customers are surprised to find that their tomatoes don’t last as long as they expected them to after purchase. They have probably bought other varieties of tomatoes and have found that they last longer or they’ve noticed lately that Tasti-Lee Tomatoes aren’t lasting as long. There are many factors that go into how long tomatoes last. We’d like to share them with you.

118_Truss_03Garden vs. Greenhouse Grown – Greenhouse grown tomatoes are pumped with fertilizers that help them grow big and turn a deep red color. They look great and when they are picked and packaged, they normally can last longer because of the chemicals they received while growing. Garden tomatoes, such as the ones you purchase from us, are not boosted with potentially dangerous chemicals. They are grown in their natural state. They are just like the ones you pick from your garden. Since they do not have these chemicals inside of them, they may not last as long as the other varieties.

Vine-Ripen vs. Temperature – Tasti-Lee ripens tomatoes on the vine, as Mother Nature intended. Other varieties will pick the tomatoes when they are green and then they force them to ripen by exposing them to warm temperatures. If you’ve ever tasted the difference between vine-ripe tomatoes and other varieties, you know vine-ripe ones are much more tasty.


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– Store tomatoes on the counter. They will not last as long, but if you place them in the fridge, they will lose their flavor.

Counter stored tomatoes can last up to a week. However, after a couple of days, they will start to expire quickly. We always recommend buying Tasti-Lee Tomatoes the day you need them or use them within a couple of days. We want to provide you garden fresh tomatoes. Those garden fresh tomatoes are best when they are used shortly after purchase.

 

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How to Seed Tomatoes

If you’ve ever tried seeding tomatoes, you may have found it to be difficult. Since we’ve been in the tomato business for years, we have learned the best ways to do it. Learn about the two methods we recommend, so you can seed tomatoes quickly and easily.

Why Seed Tomatoes

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  • You are following a recipe and the extra liquid surrounding the seeds can ruin what it turns out like.
  • Some people can’t digest seeds, which can lead to gastrointestinal issues or upset stomach.
  • The seeds might not look nice in the dish you’re preparing.

The good news is that the seeds don’t hold the flavor you love about tomatoes. The gel around the seeds do have some vitamin C and nutrients, but not as much as the rest of the tomato. In other words, you’re still getting most of the nutrition from the tomatoes.

The following are the two methods to seeding a tomato that we recommend.

Method #1:

This method leaves the tomato intact, so you can do whatever you wish with it. That means you can make pretty tomato roses, dice them, chop them, etc.

Cut the tomato in half. Use a ¼ teaspoon to scoop the seeds out of each cavity.

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Method #2:

This method is good for those of you who don’t have a small enough spoon. Simply cut the tomato in half and then gently squeeze the tomato over a bowl to dislodge the seeds. You may have to use your finger to get the rest of them out.

Now that you know how to remove seeds from your tomatoes, start doing it more often. Buy Tasti-Lee Tomatoes at your local grocery store!

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Tasti-Lee at United Fresh Produce Association Show

Our seed manufacturer, Bejo Seeds, will be featuring Tasti-Lee Tomatoes at the 2015 United Fresh Produce Association Show.

This year’s event will be held in Chicago from June 8-10. The show will have booths hosted by some of the best known businesses in the fresh produce industry. Some of the sponsors are Chiquita, Dole, Discoll’s Duda, Food Freshly, Four Seasons, Produce Processing, Global G.A.P, IFS, Monsanto, and many others.

FullSizeRender-2Bejo Seeds will feature Tasti-Lee’s farm truck to show attendees how our tomatoes are farm grown and for many people, locally grown. There will also be samples of our Tasti-Lee salsa passed out, so attendees can taste how fresh and flavorful our tomatoes are.

United Fresh is an exciting event with a trade show, competitions, meetings, receptions, learning centers, networking opportunities, and more. If you’re attending United Fresh, be sure to stop by Bejo Seeds booth, which is #1257.

We are proud to be featured by Bejo Seeds. We are always working hard to make our tomatoes the tastiest, most nutritious tomatoes available. It’s an honor to be able to part of such a great event in support of fresh produce. It’s just another way to let consumers know how important it is to turn to brands that are committed to providing the very best in fruits and vegetables.

Hope to see you there!

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Why We Vine Ripen Our Tomatoes

One thing people don’t consider when they’re buying tomatoes is that most of them are not vine ripened. They figured that as long as they are ripe, it doesn’t matter how they became that way. What we want to share with you is that it does matter. It matters a lot.

The Value of Ripening Tomatoes on the Vine

When tomatoes are vine ripen, they continue to receive the nutrients they need from the stems. These nutrients are what give tomatoes their flavor. As they ripen, the flavor strengthens with the help of the nutrition the vines are providing. When the tomatoes are plucked from the vine, they carry all of those flavor boosts they received while ripening.

When a tomato is picked before it is ready, there’s no choice but to force it to ripen. Usually, this is done with heat. The heat does not provide any nutrients to the tomato, which means the flavor it had before ripening will remain and just become slightly stronger. What results is a tomato that has less flavor than one that was ripened on the vine.

Tasti-Lee Tomatoes – Straight from the Vine

At Tasti-Lee, we are committed to giving you the best tasting tomato as possible. That is why we keep our tomatoes on the vine until they are fully ripen. We work with local farmers to ensure we deliver tomatoes to you with the shortest distance time possible. We want you to be able to have that freshness from the vine, so time is of the essence.

Next time you’re out buying tomatoes, take a minute to think about this blog post. Choose Tasti-Lee Tomatoes for the freshest, most flavorful tomatoes on the market today.

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Tasti-Lee Grower Spotlight: MVP Produce

At Tasti-Lee, we care about our growers. We are continuously working with more growers to provide people with locally grown tomatoes. One of the growers we’ve been working with for a while is MVP Produce.

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Founder and CEO Miguel Martinez started MVP Produce in Ruskin, FL. It was 1990 and it was just a family farm. Over 23 years later, the farm is still family owned, but has grown to include fields in Wimauma, FL, Homestead, FL, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

With so many fields in different states, customers are able to get the produce they need throughout the year, especially Tasti-Lee Tomatoes.

MVP Produce was chosen to be a producer of Tasti-Lee Tomatoes because of its mission of providing quality tomatoes to its customers.

We pride ourselves on our service and ability to stand behind our products and pricing with timely deliveries. At MVP Produce we are committed to doing everything possible to service our customer’s needs and to never be without quality product.

The staff at MVP Produce are trained in HACCP principles and procedures. They also follow all of the USDA/FDA policies and procedures.

Tomatoes are grown, harvested and sold to local retail stores to preserve their freshness. This is why Tasti-Lee Tomatoes and Bejo Seeds, Inc. chose MVP Produce to grow their American Heart Association certified tomatoes containing more lycopene than other tomato varieties.

For more information about MVP Produce and to learn about how you can purchase Tasti-Lee Tomatoes from them, go to their website at http://www.mvptomatoes.com.

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