The bane of my time- and money-saving existence is the tomato paste can. But it’s so cute, the tiniest thing in the pasta aisle, you say. Sure, it’s tiny. It’s actually a big giant nuisance. I mean, when was the last time you actually used more than 1 Tablespoon? Most of the time, it’s one lousy scoop of a spoon for whatever recipe, and then you’re left staring at this can of paste. (I can’t be the only one. I am? The rest of you really have a use for 4oz of tomato paste at one sitting? Well, don’t judge me.)
“How can I rearrange the menu this week, so that I can use this up before it goes bad?” Panic ensues. OK, it doesn’t really. I mean, if you have to toss a 75 cent can of tomato paste, you won’t be written up. But still…annoying.
Here’s a quick and easy way to save the rest in convenient little single servings slices.
Open both ends off of the can.
Put into a Ziploc bag and place in the freezer.
After 24 hours, take out can and run under hot water long enough to loosen the frozen tube of paste from the can. With your fingers, slowly push it out through one end onto a cutting board.
Slice tube into ½-inch slices.
Store slices in the freezer in a container for up to two months.
When you’re ready to use, just plop a slice into soups, sauces, etc, as you’re cooking them. One slice should equal a Tablespoon when defrosted.
Do you have any great food tricks? Let me know in a comment.