Nifty Trick: Tomato Paste

16 03 2010

I”m going to start featuring some nifty tricks that I’ve learned in the kitchen to save money and time.

One of the things with cooking is a lot of recipes call for a little bit of this, when the smallest can isn’t so little. I feel horrible wasting food, so I try to save food, even if it’s, in this case, a few ounces of tomato paste.

I know there are tubes of tomato paste out there, but why spend $3 on a small tube when you can buy a small can for less than 50 cents!

A recipe I made for crawfish pie called for 1 tbsp. of tomato paste, so I had a lot of paste leftover, which I know I would eventually use for other recipes.

So, I took the rest of the can, and scooped out tablespoon portions on top of an inside-out freezer bag.

After you do that, pop the bag in the freezer for a couple of hours so the tablespoon shapes set, and then flip the bag inside out again (so it is able to zip) and freeze until you need them! Nifty, right?

If you have some nifty tricks to share, please feel free to comment and share! I might even feature your nifty trick!! 🙂




12 responses

16 03 2010
Lauren C

What a great trick! Thanks for sharing, I can’t wait to see more.

16 03 2010

Clever! I’m definitely going to do this! I’ve been wanting to make pesto “ice cubes” but haven’t gotten my hands on fresh basil yet.

16 03 2010

I’ve been starting to freeze a lot more in individual portions like this, but never really thought about tomato paste. I also love the idea of freezing ON an inside out freezer bag – less waste since I always use wax paper.

17 03 2010

Genius! Why haven’t I thought of this one? Thanks for the tip!

18 03 2010

GENIUS! I was thinking about what a waste this was the other day, I have a can in my fridge but that doesn’t keep for very long. This baggy idea is brilliant! Thanks 🙂

18 03 2010

Love this idea! I have wasted too much tomato paste!

22 03 2010


I’m so doing this the next time I need tomato paste because I usually, as you said, only need a tablespoon.

22 03 2010

What an awesome idea!

23 03 2010

This is the best idea! So going to do this!!!!

31 03 2010
Megan (Best of Fates)

That’s so creative – thanks for the tip!

1 04 2010

Wow, what a brilliant idea! My recipes *always* call for a tablespoon or two and I end up throwing the rest of the can away (which pains me to do!). I am so using this trick. Genius!

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