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How to Freeze Tomato Paste for Less Waste

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Do you need ideas to stop wasting leftover tomato paste when you make a recipe that only calls for one tablespoon? Learn how to freeze tomato paste for less waste so you can get more uses out of one can. 

Jar of frozen tablespoons of tomato paste

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 following this simple tutorial.

Close up of tablespoon sized frozen lumps of tomato paste

How to Freeze Tomato Paste for Less Waste

Learn how to freeze tomato paste so that you don't waste it every time you make a recipe that only calls for a small amount.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 1 can tomato paste - (or more) I highly recommend using organic tomato products


  • Baking sheet (that will fit in your freezer)
  • Silicone baking mat
  • Tablespoon
  • Freezer safe mason jar or other storage container


  • Open your can of tomato paste and 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!
    Tablespoons of tomato paste on silicone mat
  • 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.
    Putting frozen tomato paste in jars
  • Now you’re all set to use tomato paste with no waste!
    Mason jar of frozen tomato paste from overhead

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