Friday, October 5, 2012

How To: The Easiest Way to Store Leftover Tomato Paste

Tomato paste is one of those staples that I love.  I really enjoy having my own homemade tomato paste, but if I am buying it...  I opt for the can.  I can't see paying the price of the tube.  I am a big spender like that.

Especially when making your own homemade tomato paste you don't want any to spoil.  So, to solve this issue with potential waste, I started freezing the tomato paste.  I started with the old school method of freezing the can then slicing it into pieces.  This is way more work than I am up for.  Next I tried ice cube trays which freeze 2 tablespoon portions and stained my trays.

Finally I started this simple method that truly makes me happy.  Freezing 1 tablespoon portions on parchment paper and storing in a plastic bag (that's one of those V-8 duh moments).  I even started opening a can ahead of time so I don't have to mess with the tomato paste later.  Seriously, it is that convenient!

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The Easiest Way to Store Leftover Tomato Paste

What you will need:
tomato paste
1 tablespoon scooper
parchment paper or wax paper

Scoop tomato paste into 1 tablespoon portions and drop onto parchment or wax paper.  Freeze 3 hours.  Remove from freezer and place in a freezer bag.  Use as needed.  Tomato paste will keep 3-6 months or longer.

Click here for a printable version of this recipe - The Slow Roasted


  1. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you. Why I didn't think of this is beyond me! I froze canned pumpkin in an ice cube tray, then pop them out and store them in a freezer bag! Thank you - really. I have to open a can of tomato paste this weekend and I only need a few tablespoons. I hate to waste food! Thanks again. Really!

  2. Warm and comforting. Delicious!

  3. Awesome tip, Donna! I love freezing things this way, although I've never tried it with tomato paste. This is a great way to do it! Thanks!

  4. You're so smart! What a great idea - here I thought I was smart keeping a tube in the fridge, this is way better. Thanks!

  5. Great idea - I can't tell you how many times I didn't even need all of a tiny can of paste and end up dumping the rest! Yeah - I'm totally going to do this


  6. Thank you so much Donna! I LOVE these tips! :)

  7. Thank you so much for this tip, I no longer will throw it out because of mold, in the freezer it's going.

  8. Fabulous idea, and much less expensive than buying a tube of tomato paste. Thank you!

  9. A fabulous, money-saving idea! Tomato paste in a tube is convenient but SO expensive. This is every bit as convenient, and I will smile as I save $$ and add great flavor to my dishes. Thank you!


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