The V Spot

Rants, observations and home decorating from a woman with no time for a blog.

Freezing tomato paste: Use what you need and save the rest.

I cook a lot, and I often have recipes that call for a tablespoon or two of Tomato Paste.  A tablespoon is about .5 ounces… the smallest can of tomato paste I have ever seen is 6 ounces.  What’s a frugal cook to do?

Freeze it in portions, of course.  Freezing tomato paste is easy and economical.

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I hated having a recipe call for two tablespoons of tomato paste and then having to either figure out how to use the other 10 tablespoons left in the can or waste it by throwing it out.  Finally I decided to just do a little pre-planning.

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Start out by taking the can of tomato paste and putting the whole thing in the freezer for an hour or so.  Grab some wax paper, a can opener and a sharp knife.

Take the can out of the freezer and use the opener to open both ends of the can.  Push the paste out of the can from one end.  (You may need to run a little hot water over the can to loosen the paste up a bit, but it should push out.)  I wanted to have freeze the paste in tablespoon sized portions, so I needed to score the paste to figure out my 12 slices.  Run the knife under hot water if you need to, and slice the paste into disks.  Work on top of the wax paper because a) it makes the disks easier to freeze; and, b) tomato paste stains cutting boards.

Return the disks to the freezer to fully harden, then pop them into a baggie.

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Now it’s easy for me to just grab the amount of tomato paste that I need for sauces, etc and I don’t waste food.

Do you have any tips on storing food when you just need a little bit?

6 Comments

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Rhissanna said...

March 4, 2013 at 9:20 pm
Thank you for this! I'd actually given up buying tomato paste because of the can dilema and only two people in this household.
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Katie's Cucina said...

March 4, 2013 at 9:26 pm
I love this idea and hate to waste any food! This is wonderful!
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malia said...

March 15, 2013 at 2:28 am
Smart idea Viv!
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Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

March 22, 2013 at 1:24 am
I use ice trays to freeze smaller portions of pesto and tomato paste...when frozen, pop them out and transfer to a ziplock bag
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Smileycrissy said...

March 24, 2013 at 7:27 am
Genius!!!
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Smileycrissy said...

March 24, 2013 at 7:28 am
Genius!!!

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