How To: The Easiest Way to Store Leftover Tomato Paste

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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.

The Easiest Way to Store Leftover Tomato Paste

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

Donna Elick
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.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Method Mixed
Servings 1

Ingredients
 

  • tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon scooper
  • parchment paper or wax paper

Instructions
 

  • 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.

Nutrition

Serving: 1

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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12 Comments

  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. 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!

  3. 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!

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

  5. 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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