Wednesday, November 28, 2007

WFMW: Tomato paste on demand

If you’re like me, you hate having to open a can of tomato paste for the one tablespoon called for in almost any recipe that uses it. What happens to the rest of the tomato paste? Either I put it in a container in the fridge, where it just sits unused—because how often do I need tomato paste? Certainly not more than once or twice a month—or else I have to throw it away. An entire can, wasted! This is one of the few ways I am frugal—fretting over a 40-cent can of tomato paste. The irony is that I often forget to buy it in the first place, leaving me without an important spaghetti-sauce ingredient. (At least, I guess it’s important. Let’s assume it is, okay?)

Here’s what I do now. After I add the paste to my recipe, I line a cookie sheet with waxed paper and put tablespoons of paste onto the sheet. I pop it into the freezer and by the time dinner is over, it has become little frozen blobs of tomato paste. I then put these into a freezer bag, which stays in the freezer until the next time I need a single tablespoonful. Put it frozen into the pot; it will melt and do its job in the recipe.

Or, I suppose you could buy tomato paste in a tube and forget about it. Still, this works for me!


  1. I get tomato paste in a tube, and love it, although, it isn't very frugal. I also use canned tomato paste, so I'll try this idea the next time I open a can, because I can't tell you how many cans of tomato paste have gone to waste in the crevices of my refrigerator. It's simply a brilliant idea!

  2. What a fantastic idea! It irritates me everytime I buy tomato paste b/c I know I'm just going to throw 80% of it away! I looked for the paste in a tube like gibee said but can't find it anywhere!

  3. Wow. I never thought of that. I always try and plan a few italian meals in my week in order to make sure that it doesn't go to waste but this idea is great. Now I won't be forced to have a mostly italian week menu.

    Also thanks for stopping by proverbswife and commenting on my WFMW: dryer sheets tip.

  4. I totally stopped buying tomato paste because it bothered me that I had to waste an entire can minus a tablespoon. This is golden!