Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Tomato Paste Solution



I've mentioned that I use a lot of tomato paste to thicken our pizza and spaghetti sauce. I've found that the most economical way to buy tomato paste is by the gallon at Costco. It's usually around $4/gallon (just like fuel has been...).

The problem is that I don't need a whole gallon of tomato paste when I'm making sauces. So what do I do with the extra paste? I've found that most recipes call for tomato paste by the tablespoon, so I measure tablespoons of it onto cookie sheets and then freeze it. After they've frozen, I put them in a gallon sized freezer bag and store them in the freezer. It's very handy and it keeps me from wasting my excess tomato paste.

7 comments:

Michele said...

Ok, this is genius! It really is. I hate opening a can of tomato paste and only using a small bit, put in the fridge only to forget about it.
Thank you!
Michele

Erin said...

That may be one of the best ideas I have ever heard!! Of to Costco I go!!

BarbaraLee said...

I didn't know you could freeze paste. I have to keep that in mind.

The Gluten-Free Homemaker said...

That's a great idea. I often open a small can and only use one tablespoon. I can't help but laugh though thinking about freezing a whole gallon by tablespoons. Thanks for the tip!

Hadias said...

I do the same thing. WHat a money and time saver. I hope that you would stop by and visit one of my blogs today.

Have a great day.

Storybook Woods said...

This is a very smart idea. Clarice

Diana Riggs said...

Rachel! You are too smart! Love the blog! Exclamation point!