Freezing Tomato Paste

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February 14, 2017

A blob of tomato paste on plastic wrap.Sometimes you only need a little bit of tomato paste, and the rest of the can spoils before you get a chance to use it. The pre-packaged 1-2 Tbsp. pouches are costly. Here is how to use it all:


  1. Open both the top and bottom lids with the can opener.

  2. Remove one lid.

    A can of tomato paste being squeezed out onto plastic wrap.


  3. Push out a small amount from the other end that still has the lid on it. Cut off the tomato paste and place on a small piece of plastic wrap. Wrap well.

    A blob of tomato paste on plastic wrap.


  4. A small can of tomato paste will have 10 1-tablespoon portions.

  5. Store the wrapped pieces of tomato paste in the freezer. They will keep a very long time.

    Tomato paste, wrapped and ready to be frozen.


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April 13, 2005

Before you use tomato paste in a recipe, open BOTH ends of the can, wrap in plastic wrap, and freeze. After frozen, push the paste out of one open end and slice off what you need.

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January 3, 2011

When you only need a partial can of tomato paste for a recipe, measure the unused portion by the tablespoon, place it in an ice cube tray and freeze.

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