How to freeze tomato paste in convenient portions! Reduce food waste and save money by stashing away leftover tomato paste in the freezer for later.
Tomato paste is a pantry staple that is useful in so many different recipes to add amazing depth of flavor. But if you're using canned tomato paste, it's almost impossible to use up a whole can (despite the small size) in one recipe.
If you often find yourself wasting tomato paste, then this tip is for you! Freezing tomato paste in small portions is so much easier than storing it away in the fridge - where it's usually forgotten and ends up going bad!
Reasons To Freeze Tomato Paste
- prevent food waste
- convenient small portions make it easy to add into recipes
Watch the video below to see how to freeze tomato paste! You can find more of my recipe videos on my YouTube channel.
Step by step directions
Line a plate or baking sheet with wax paper or parchment paper, then add 1 tablespoon-sized dollops of tomato paste onto the parchment paper.
Tip - you could use a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop for this if you want to be even more precise!
Place the plate or baking sheet into the freezer, allowing the tomato paste to freeze completely for 2-3 hours.
Once frozen solid, wrap the frozen tomato paste with wax paper to prevent freezer burn.
Store in an airtight container or freezer bag and freeze for up to 3-6 months!
Tomato paste is an ultra-concentrated seedless tomato sauce that has been cooked down to reduce the water content, resulting in a very flavorful purée. It's used to add a punch of flavor to many savory recipes!
Since tomato paste is very concentrated, it will likely last a long time in the freezer without spoiling. Plus, the parchment paper and sealed storage container will help it to last longer without freezer burn. That being said, we recommend using it up within 3-6 months!
There are so many unexpected ingredients you could be freezing! From cauliflower rice to oatmeal, this post with 12 ingredients you could be freezing covers it all.
- Freeze - store in an airtight container in the freezer for 3-6 months
- Thaw - thaw individual portions, or add frozen directly into any recipe that calls for tomato paste!
- 1 can tomato paste
- Portion- Cover a plate with wax or parchment paper. Portion out 1 tablespoon measurements of tomato paste.
- Flash freeze- Freeze for 3-4 hours, until frozen solid.
- Wrap- Wrap up in the wax/parchment paper.
- Freeze- Place in a labelled freezer bag or meal prep container. Freeze for 3-6 months.
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