How To: The Easiest Way to Store Leftover Tomato Paste

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.



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!

Get Free Recipes Sent to Your Email

Do you ❤️ TSRI? Don’t miss another recipe!

Subscribe to The Slow Roasted Italian by email to receive new recipes in your inbox!!

Other Easy Tomato Recipes

how to store tomato paste

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.
5 stars from 1 review
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Method Mixed
Servings 1


  • 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.


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.

Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!
the slow roasted italian affiliate linked cookbook banner

Disclosure: Posts may contain affiliate links. If you purchase a product through an affiliate link your price will remain the same and The Slow Roasted Italian will automatically receive a small commission. Thank you for supporting us, it helps us keep creating new recipes.


  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!

  6. 5 stars
    I love freezing things for later use, and because of how awesome your tomato paste recipe is, it doesn’t lose flavor in the freezing process

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating