Tuesday, January 22, 2013
What To Do With Leftover Tomato Paste
Call it a quirk, but food waste drives me crazy. If you do any cooking that calls for tomato paste, so often the required amount is only a fraction of even one of these little cans*. I don't do the kind of Advanced Level Meal Planning that would use up the entire can within a few days and it pains me to throw the majority of the container away, so here's what I do:
Grab a small plastic ice cube tray.
Figure out what measurement will fill each of the "cubes." This tray holds a perfect 2 teaspoons. Using a spoon and a small rubber spatula, scoop out the remaining tomato paste and fill as many cubes as you have paste.
Pop in the freezer and freeze overnight.
When cubes are frozen solid, pop out of the tray and into a freezer bag. Store in the freezer and use individual cubes as needed.
*I know you can buy tomato paste in tubes, but none of our local markets seem to carry it.
Do you have any handy tips for leftover ingredients?