Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Waste Not Wednesday: Tomato Paste

I rarely use an entire can of tomato paste in a recipe but hate to throw food away. So, I dallop a tablespoon at a time onto a piece of wax paper and then stick it in the freezer. Once it's frozen I place the tablespoons of paste into a plastic bag.

I like to keep the bag on the door of the freezer so I can easily find it. This morning I started a pot of beef stew and needed just a tablespoon of tomato paste. It peeled easily off the waxed paper and was so convenient.  Better yet, I didn't have to open up a new can.


When they were filled, He said to His disciples, “Gather up the leftover fragments so that nothing will be lost.”John 6:12

11 comments:

  1. I usually put it in a tiny tupperware container, but I think this is better so you can used a tablespoon at a time, which often is all you need! Great idea, reminds me of freezing baby food! (long ago)

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  2. What a great idea, I'm gonna do this from now on....thanks....

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  3. cool. I saw someone use an ice cube tray for this kind of thing too.

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  4. This is an excellent idea! Thanks!

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  5. @ruth... I wonder if the tomato paste would discolor the ice cube trays? I've used ice cube trays to freeze herbs and roasted chilies and it works great.

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  6. What a great idea. Will be using that tip in future. Thank you.

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  7. I like this idea. Thank you for sharing it. I like how you're so down-to-earth.

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  8. A very good idea! It can also be purchased in tubes and you just squeeze out what you need, but I've never tried it.. too pricey. :)

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  9. Just when you think you have thought of every frugal tip, someome comes up with a great one! Thanks, I will be using this...

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  10. I usually put mine in a plastic container and then in the freezer but I like the TBSP idea. I am going to look for a cheapie ice cube tray as well. Love your tips!

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