For years, I have hated recipes that call for tomato paste. Why? Because they never call for more than 1-2 tablespoons of it. The smallest can I've seen is 6 ounces, and almost all of the time the extra tomato paste winds up in the trash.
I really hate wasting food. Like seriously have a major issue with it. When we had chickens, I was less worried about it because any food scraps were a yummy treat for the chickens.
However, we no longer have chickens so I have to be vigilant about not wasting food. We eat our leftovers. We use all of our food. But that tomato paste. It has been a bane of my existence for years!
Instead of complaining about how wasteful tomato paste is, I decided to try and figure out a solution. And a solution I did find!
If you're reading this article, then you've probably been frustrated with tomato paste too. I have you covered! You'll never waste tomato paste again after reading this simple tutorial.
How to Freeze Tomato Paste for Less Waste
- 1 or more cans of organic tomato paste (I highly recommend using only organic tomato products)
- Baking sheet (should be a size that will fit in your freezer)
- Silicone mat (or parchment paper)
- Freezer safe mason jar or other storage container
- Open your can(s) of tomato paste.
- Place the silicone mat on the baking sheet.
- Carefully measure out the tomato paste, one tablespoon at a time, and place it on the silicone mat. The scoops don't have to be perfect, but try to keep each scoop to exactly 1 tablespoon. It will make it super easy to use in recipes!
- After you've measured out all of your tomato paste, place the baking sheet in the freezer.
- Leave the pan in the freezer for about 2 hours, or until the tomato paste is solid.
- Place your frozen tomato paste lumps into a glass storage container or freezer safe mason jar.
- Now you're all set to use tomato paste with no waste!