Tuesday, January 31, 2012

HOW TO... Store leftover tomato paste.

You've made those recipes that call for only 1 tablespoon of tomato paste and then frustratingly, the rest of the can is left to sit in the frig or likely, end up in the trash.  

An easy solution to storing tomato paste to extend its storage life so it doesn't go to waste?  
Freeze it.

And the easiest way to do this is by using ice cube trays.  Not only does it minimize the mess - it provides you with tablespoon-size portions to grab the next time you need tomato paste for a recipe.  

It's an easy trick:

Freezing Tomato Paste

1. Use a tablespoon measure to scoop the paste 
into each section of an ice cube tray.

    2.  Pop the tray into the freezer.

    3.  When the cubes are solid, transfer them to a
plastic freezer bag and store in the freezer.  

    4.  When you need a serving of tomato paste for a recipe, you can grab the paste and add to recipes without thawing first. 

    * For a variation, you can mix a tsp or more of pesto into each cube before freezing.  


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