About: After a trip to Italy in 1989, Karyn Korteling, owner of Pastabilities restaurant in Syracuse, was inspired to make her own version of tomato oil using tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, honey, chili pepper, and other spices. Twenty-five years later, Hot Tom is still on the shelves in Central New York today.
Benefits: reduces inflammation, lowers blood pressure, fights cancer
Nutrients: Omega-6, monounsaturated fats, Vitamin K
Replaces: tomato-based sauces and dressings
WHERE TO BUY
Store: near other oils, or with Italian ingredients (grocery stores in the Central NY area)
Online: Hot Tom
HOW TO STORE
In a dark and dry cupboard for 6-12 months.
- The earliest recordings of infused oils date back to the 10th or 11th century.
- Tomato oil was featured on Food Network’s Dinners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. Watch it here
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Use it as a garnish for soups or salads. Top it on pasta, burgers, and sandwiches. Or simply dip a piece of bread in it. You can make your own tomato-infused oil by roasting cherry tomatoes with garlic and any other herbs or spices you like. Then simply blend it all together.