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Tomato Paste Waste

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I have always wondered why tomato paste came in one of those cans. I know they are tiny but who really uses all of it in one use? Not me, that is for sure and I hate to waste it. One my first use of a new can I use however much I need. Then I put parchment paper down on a cookie tray or cake pan. Place spoon fulls onto parchment paper and put it in the freezer. Once fully frozen I place each frozen nugget into a ziplock bag and put it back in the freezer. Now you have just enough for each dish with no waste!


  1. That is really good idea. I do buy tomato paste in tubes like tooth paste. They do sell them in specialty European stores, but your way is way cheaper.

  2. i have always bought it in tubes too ... but looking at this, i see a gazillion uses for wax paper now ;)

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  4. It's a great idea to freeze unused tomato paste! You can also do in ice-cube trays!

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  5. What a great idea. I love tips like that!!

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  7. Great idea! I hate wasting paste also.

  8. You can put it in a tight jar/container and pour some oil, i use olive oil, to cover the paste. Put it in the fridge and it will last long.

  9. I do the same with fresh herbs. I NEVER use a whole bunch of cilantro or parsley before it goes bad so I chop and freeze little "power packs" in either plastic containers or an ice cube tray. I love making my own salsa and this way I don't have to buy cilantro every time. This is also great when I need a little something extra for soup.


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