Friday, February 19, 2010

Freezing Tomato Paste

We use a decent amount of tomato paste here at Casa De TOR. It is a key ingredient in Spanish rice which is one of our favorites and also in chili and many soups or sauces. The problem is that while we need it we never need very much of it, most recipes we make use a tablespoon or two of the stuff. We get it in little 6 ounce cans but since it is an ingredient in large recipes we can never use a whole can of the stuff inside of its shelf life once opened and put into the fridge. They cost about 50 cents each but it has just been driving me nuts.

I hate wasting food to the point where I am willing to go to dis proportionate lengths to be able to use it before it goes bad or preserve it. Wifey got to looking online and read about how some folks freeze tomato paste. The preferred method is to put it into ice cube trays. I made Spanish rice the night before last and today I took what was left and put it into an ice cube tray in the freezer. Once thoroughly frozen I intend to take the tomato paste cubes out of the tray, wrap them in wax paper and put them into a plastic bag. We should be able to get 4-6 recipes out of one of those small cans. Next time we cook something with it I will post on how it works out.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Get a sheet of plastic wrap. On the wrap divide the paste into the portion size you want. Fold the wrap over. Put in a freezer bag and freeze. When needed, cut off a portion, the rest remain wrapped. No tray to clean up and you do it all in one step.

Anonymous said...

You can but tomatoe pastes in a tube, like toothpaste. Lasts longer and eliminates waste. Hunt some down at the larger supermarkets.

Simon ├ůslund said...

Possibly use icecube bags? may be difficult to get it into them, but if you dilute it with water and knows that "these twenty icecubes are 1dl tomato paste and 2dl water, meaning that three icecubes are one tablespoon tomatopaste and two tablespoon water" it should be easy enough to use it in most recipes. I use icecube bags for cream.

Midnight said...

Have some kids...

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