Tips for Properly Storing Leftover Tomato Paste

The Problem with Leftover Tomato Paste

Tomato paste is a staple ingredient in many households and recipes. However, have you ever found yourself using only a small portion of the can or tube and wondering what to do with the rest? Unfortunately, tomato paste has a short shelf life once opened, which means it cannot be stored indefinitely in your refrigerator.

In this blog post, we will discuss several ways to store leftover tomato paste so that you can reduce waste and maximize the use of this versatile ingredient.

Freezing Tomato Paste

One of the most common methods for storing leftover tomato paste is by freezing. To do this:

1. Spoon or scoop out any remaining tomato paste from its original container into an ice cube tray.
2. Cover the tray tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil.
3. Place the tray in your freezer until frozen solid.
4. Remove each frozen cube from the tray and transfer them to an airtight container or resealable bag.
5. Label each container with the date so you can keep track of when it was stored.

Frozen tomato paste cubes can be used directly in recipes as needed without having to thaw beforehand since they thaw quickly during cooking.

Storing Tomato Paste in Jars

Another method for storing leftover tomato paste is by transferring it into glass jars such as Mason jars after opening:

1. After opening a new tin or tube of tomato puree (or sauce), immediately pour off any oil on top before transferring what’s left into another jar

Jars are great because they seal tight keeping air out – just make sure there’s enough space at top if filling all way up so no chance for anything being exposed partway through spoilage process! Store them upright rather than lying down so that there’s less risk liquid leaks.

If you decide not to use mason jars, make sure that the container you use to store your leftover tomato paste has a tight-fitting lid. The goal is to prevent any air from getting in contact with the paste and causing it to spoil.

Using Tomato Paste Quickly

If you prefer not to freeze or store your leftover tomato paste, another option is to use it up quickly by making more meals that call for this ingredient. For example, you can add some of the leftovers onto homemade pizza or pasta sauces or use it as a base for soups and stews.

Another creative way of using up leftover tomato paste would be by mixing it with other ingredients like herbs, garlic powder, cheese, butter etc. After preparing this mix spread on top of toasted bread slices and broil until golden brown – voila! You’ve got yourself an easy and tasty appetizer!

The Bottom Line

Leftover tomato paste does not have to go down the drain; there are several ways to extend its shelf life while still being able to enjoy its unique taste in future recipes. Whether freezing in ice cube trays, storing in jars with tight-fitting lids or adding it into different dishes quickly – these options will help reduce waste while maximizing usage potential!

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