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Recipes often do not call for the use for full can of tomato paste, leaving leftovers. This is a page about freezing tomato paste.


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February 11, 2010

Sometimes when you have to use a small can of tomato sauce, you may not need more than 3-4 tablespoons. Instead of keeping it the fridge, "just in case I need it" and then finding it after a month moldy, I pour the remaining sauce into ice cube trays and freeze them. When frozen, I pop them into zip loc bags. You can use them frozen right from the bag. I think 1 cube is maybe 1 1/2 Tbsp? I find it so easy!

By Clara from North Andover, MA

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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. Re-wrap and freeze for up to 3 months. Slice off as needed, no waste.

By Tori

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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.

  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.

  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.

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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. Once frozen, place the cubes into a plastic bag and store in the freezer where they will be ready to use in your next recipe.


By Marie from West Dundee, IL


Freeze Extra Tomato Paste In Ice Cube Tray

First lining icetray with non-stick spray will eliminate discoloration. (10/30/2007)

By Rhea

Freeze Extra Tomato Paste In Ice Cube Tray

Save on dishwashing, just put Tablespoon sized dollops of tomato paste on foil or waxed paper covered cookie sheet, freeze, and then transfer to ziplock bags, store in the freezer. (10/30/2007)

By GraNita from Montclair, NJ

Freeze Extra Tomato Paste In Ice Cube Tray

Did you know that you can buy pure tomato powder at The Spice House. ( It is a concentrate you mix with water to make either tomato paste or tomato sauce. Nice to have on hand. (11/02/2007)

By Wisgal

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