I buy the larger, more economical can of tomato paste and then measure it out by tablespoons onto a wax paper lined cookie sheet. Freeze until solid and then put the tablespoons of tomato paste into a ziploc bag in your freezer. You'll always have tomato paste for your recipe and it's pre-measured and ready to go!
By Celinda from Pittsburgh, PA
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After opening a fresh can of tomato paste, put whatever you don't use in a small freezer bag, press out the excess air, flatten it until about 1/8 inch thick, and seal. Once the paste is frozen, you can break off a piece whenever you need it.
When adding a can of tomato paste to a recipe, open both ends of the can but remove only one. Then you can use the other lid to push the paste through cleanly, eliminating the need to scrape out the can. This technique works for canned pumpkin, jellied cranberries, etc.
How to get all the tomato paste out of the can. Open both ends of can, with a can opener. Take one can end off. Push the other end down, all the way through the can. When tomato paste is out, remove the can lid.
If you run out of tomato sauce you can substitute paste if you have that on hand. This is a page about substituting tomato paste for tomato sauce.
Recipes often do not call for the use for full can of tomato paste, leaving leftovers. This is a page about freezing tomato paste.
A few months ago, I was perusing new recipes to try and came across one where one of the ingredients stated "1 tablespoon Amore brand tomato paste from a tube." Tomato paste is available in a tube?