December 2, 2011 by Leah
Since our big move, my old problem with tomatoes has come up again. That would be the problem where tomatoes, particularly organic tomatoes, are incredibly expensive out-of-season (and we kind of try to eat seasonally anyway), but canned tomatoes are full of BPA. Among other things. My in-laws both worked at canneries around here (Eastern Oregon) when they were younger and now refuse to buy processed (canned or frozen) produce because they’ve “seen too much.”
That said, I bought some Muir Glen canned tomatoes the other day because of this blog entry, which includes anecdotal evidence that Muir Glen tomatoes with a sell-by date of 2013 are no longer packaged in BPA-lined cans, and that the difference can be discerned because the lining of the can is a coppery color rather than the standard white. Well, my can was still lined in white. And I used them anyway. This was probably stupid considering I’m pregnant, but I seem to be constitutionally incapable of throwing away food. I rationalized this behavior – I mean, first of all, I was making stuffed peppers which I normally hate and for some reason they sounded amazing – until I came across this little blurb today: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2011/12/01/7-foods-should-never-eat/ Fox News, people! What alternate universe did I wake up in that Fox News is publicizing problems with the food system? And canned tomatoes are public enemy number one!
Talk about shameful. For the rest of the winter, I will be spending $3-8 per pound on imported organic tomatoes. Not the ideal situation, but since I can’t seem to stop myself from buying the entire organic produce section every time I go to the store, I might as well roll with that. Baby needs nutrients. (The great thing is we’re actually eating all the produce. And the produce in our wannabe root cellar from my mother-in-law’s garden. And the emergency supplies of frozen vegetables I keep on hand. Yesterday alone I had beets, carrots, garlic, shallots, apples, pears, Asian pears, pumpkin, lettuce, tomatoes, mushrooms, broccoli, an orange, and a ton of fresh lemon juice.)
Lastly, before anyone points out I should be growing my own tomatoes, I must remind you that we just moved into our house – in a place where we actually get seasons – last month. At the beginning of winter. So home-grown are out until at least next summer. To that end, though, I’m already getting excited about gardening. And I’m sure the baby won’t mind getting some Vitamin D while I’m in the garden. She or he might mind the neighborhood cats, but we will have Duke on our side.