I don't care for these Save a Lot tomatoes

United States
April 25, 2013 1:02pm CST
I went to Save a Lot the other day to save a few bucks on my shopping bill. I bought 8 large tomatoes and I was awfully disappointed. You get what you pay for, that is for sure. I usually pay about 2.39 a pound for really nice tomatoes at Ingles. Well, at Save a Lot they had tomatoes for about $1.39 a pound. These tomatoes are not very good. They are all grainy on the inside. They remind me of the way an overripe watermelon gets all grainy inside. My Ingles tomatoes are always fresh and juicy. These are kind of tough in spots and mushy. When I slice them they fall apart. I tried slicing from top to bottom and they sliced better, meaning they held together better. Why do you think they are mushy? I almost wonder if they were frozen and sold for fresh? I will never buy fresh loose tomatoes from SAL ever again. I won't throw them away because I don't have money to throw away. But I don't enjoy them at all. Your thoughts?
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@mariaperalta (19094)
• Mexico
25 Apr 13
Most of the time , like even here the prices are low just so they get rid of them. I think that is what happened to you there.
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• United States
25 Apr 13
Yes, probably so. Some were getting black spots on them when I had them in the solarium to ripen. They were not red. Thet were more orange. They never really turned red like my Ingle's tomatoes.
• Mexico
25 Apr 13
Now you have learned something. We get most here form the flea markets. They are cheaper and told have all those sprays on them.. like say walmarts do.
• United States
2 May 13
@mariaperalta I bought some tomatoes from Walmart and they were good. I didn't leave them out to redden though. I put them in the refrigerator after slicing them.
@blackrusty (3530)
• Mexico
25 Apr 13
that does happen a lot even here in Mexico you think that you getting a great deal and the next thing you know you have as in your case a woody type or tasteless tomato sorry that you had that happen to you
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• United States
25 Apr 13
Woody is the right word. The knife goes through the tomatoes like the tomatoes are tough in spots but they are so mushy too. I'll never make that mistake again. At Ingle, when anything isn't good I can call them and they will say tossit out and come get me some more and just bring my receipt. They always make it good. I called save a lot and the manager wouldn't allow me to bring them back for a refund.
• Mexico
25 Apr 13
now that is real customer service I have been in stores when I was in the states that knew me well enough to have my home phone number if i forgot something when I left the store there would be a call to me saying you for got some items mark down what was missing when you come back in you can get it it would be great to have that kind of trust but to may people would say i bought never got or when i got home i did not have this to try to get something free if I had a store some one told me I paid for and did not have when I got home I would go get it right then and there and say on me
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• United States
2 May 13
@blackrusty that is great! No store has my phone number. I would love that kind of service. Ingles really does treat their customers well.
@artemeis (4070)
• China
27 Apr 13
I think it is important to check out their supply source before you let your money leave your wallet. I am sure the attendants around would have the info for you and I wouldn't touch them if I know it is imported from a far place. Normally, a good tomato is glossy, smooth, plump and not overly ripe are the ones to buy. It might surprise you, but the aroma of the tomato is the best indicator of quality – even more so than color. Bring the tomato to your nose and smell the stem and you’ll know. Anyway, I hope you can return to the store and complain about what you had bought, I don't think you should put up with it especially when the store is selling "bad" products. Please don't throw them away as this will be injustice IMHO.
• United States
27 Apr 13
I went today and talked to them in person and I told the guy that I will never buy tomatoes there again. He just said sorry, but didn't offer to make it right for me. I did stew them and they were delicious with garlic, salt substitute and Italian spice.
@RitterSport (2452)
• Lippstadt, Germany
26 Apr 13
hi dear PQ too bad the tomatoes looked good but were not really good. Happens here as well, I will not forget the nectarines we got us some day in summertime. They looked perfect and were still firm the way we love eating them, and when we cut one it has brown spots inside and the others as well so we had to throw away all of them.
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• United States
2 May 13
I've had bad oranges and grape fruits before and bd apples. I've also had bad strawberries too. I wouldn't see it in the store, but saw it when I got home.
@sid556 (31003)
• United States
26 Apr 13
I have that to be true of many things that are "bargains". Whenever I'm trying something at a really cheap price then I'll only buy a very small quantity. If I hate it then I'm at least not out too much money.
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• United States
2 May 13
That's a good way to be. I felt I couldn't throw them out. They cooked up good.
• United States
25 Apr 13
Those tomatoes were most likely frozen and sold for fresh. In places like SAL I would just purchase boxes, canned or dry goods...never fresh foods. Plus, you have no idea what the turn around is in those places. Not like in Walmart of regular supermarkets. They have a time frame to toss food by whether it looks bad or not. Instead of eating those tomatoes in a salad or on a sandwich why not stew them or crush into a small pot of sauce. Then they won't be so bad since there will be herbs and spices along with paste to give them new life again. Then when you can go back to your grocery store for tomatoes you plan on eating.
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• United States
2 May 13
I did stew them and they were good CIMP. yeah, even the Mac and cheese boxed stuff had cobwebs in them. I tossed them out too.
@much2say (40477)
• United States
25 Apr 13
!! We don't have a Save A Lot here, but oh I've gotten some icky tomatoes before. Blech is all I can say - we want the nice, juicy ones for raw eating. If I only got one or two (which is what I'll only buy if I'm only making a salad for us), then I might toss them. But if it's a bunch that I bought, I'd save them for cooking - especially for soups. Ahhhhh, it's not always easy just looking from the outside how tomatoes will be in the inside!
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• United States
2 May 13
I'm with you. One or two just throw them out. I stewed them and they were good.
@bunnybon7 (37662)
• Holiday, Florida
25 Apr 13
i know just what you mean. its more like having cardboard on your sandwich. i to have been disappointed by things i bought cheap at like the dollar or 99 cent store. yet ive also been very pleased with some things being especially high quality for less. we just never know. then when we go back to get the same things that was great, never find them again. someone else found out and beat us to the good stuff
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• United States
2 May 13
I've also had good results buying cheap but bot this time. I bought a bunch from Walmart and they were great.
@velvet53 (17711)
• Palisade, Colorado
25 Apr 13
Sorry to hear about your tomatoes. I usually buy at King Soopers. It has been a long time since I shopped at Save a Lot. It is possible that they were frozen.
• United States
2 May 13
I wondered about that. I mentioned it to the SAL manager but he did not say anything but sorry.
@BSBarnes (10)
• United States
25 Apr 13
I live a few doors away from a Save A Lot store, and do a fair amount of shopping there. It is convenient for sure, but I am careful not to purchase produce except for what I can use within two days. They go bad faster. I'm not sure where they are getting their produce from, but some of it hits their stores looking shriveled up, or looking good, but in their "last days" of useful life. I find their roma tomatoes to be okay, but I feel them, and they are slightly soft, so I know I have only a couple days to use them. I bought a box of grape tomatoes from their and a few days later, they were shriveled up. I can buy a box somewhere else for money, but they will last a week. I once walked into Save A Lot, saw cucumbers that were not there yesterday, so either they just came in (or were sitting in the back room). They were all wrinkly, so I walked away from there. I've come to the conclusion that I will buy only canned and boxed goods, and some frozen and dairy items, but no more produce or meats from them.
• United States
2 May 13
No meats from there for me either. Their $19.85 for 5 meats is garbage. The ground beef is horrid.
@dagami (1162)
• Rome, Italy
25 Apr 13
i'd say tomatoes cost a lot in your place. it's 1.50 euros a kilo here in rome. however, this is beside the point. i think those tomatoes are over ripe. they were late in picking those. you can make pasta sauce from these. just put them in a pot, add olive oil, garlic, and basil. let it boil for a few minutes. this is a nice and simple pasta sauce that's very popular here in italy.
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• United States
25 Apr 13
Everything is high here. I just cooked 4 of them into stewed tomatoes. They turned out good. I'll make the rest into stewed tomatoes also. I used garlic, olive oil, salt substitute and Italian spice.
@BarBaraPrz (21043)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
25 Apr 13
They probably did get frozen, maybe in transport. Still good in a sauce or soup, though.
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• United States
25 Apr 13
Maybe they did. When I get back to Ingles I'll get some fresh ones. I could make some stewed tomatoes out of these I think. Thanks.
@JohnRok1 (2051)
27 Apr 13
In fact, to get the most lycopene into your system from tomatoes you need to cook them, so it isn't the end of the world if you have to cook a batch of tomatoes you bought. When I was growing up we used to eat tomatoes as fruit and I loved them. I was quite surprised in my later childhood or teens to find them served as vegetables. I don't think they produce tomatoes like that anymore.
• United States
2 May 13
I didn't know that. I thought you got it from raw too. Live and learn!
@Shellyann36 (11269)
• United States
26 Apr 13
I don't know why they are mushy. I would be disappointed as well. You could ask the store for a refund. I will say that I have not had many problems with the SAL produce before. I always carefully inspect it before buying it though. I smell, feel and thump is necessary. LOL! I hope that you don't give up on cheaper produce.
• United States
2 May 13
I'm just not happy. I had to throw out some SAL pizzas also. I bought 4 of them for $2.99 each. They looked like those Tombstone pizzas so I bought 2 pepperoni and 2 cheese pizzas. They were awful. I threw all 4 away. I will not shop there again unless it is for canned food. Even the macaroni abs cheese box stuff had cobwebs in it when I opened it.
• United States
26 Apr 13
So, you bought pesticide-coated tomatoes that had been shipped across the country, and you are surprised that they are disgusting? Buy fresh. Buy local. I'm certain that there are growers in your area who have good tomatoes. Likely, there is a farmers' market or CSA very near you.
@wolfie34 (26792)
• United Kingdom
25 Apr 13
Sounds like false economy to me, and yes I have been caught that way to, I have thought I have been clever at finding the same product so much cheaper, and then realizing just why they were cheaper! I guess you learn the hard way, still, you know where to get them next time and where not to. But it does make you wonder the origins of why they are so cheap and how they are made cheap!
• United States
2 May 13
You get what you pay for. You think you are saving and you get rubbish!