What to Do with Leftover Tomato Paste

Isn’t it annoying when a recipe calls for less than a full small can of tomato paste in this recipe? (and sorry for those of my recipes that do). Most of the time we don’t know what to do with it, and leave it partially covered with plastic wrap in the back of my fridge, and discover it weeks and weeks later, with a light layer of mold on the top, and throw it out, feeling wasteful and irritated.

But the reason I don’t feel bad about calling for a few tablespoons of tomato paste here and there is because I know how easy it is to store the leftovers.

How to Freeze Tomato Paste

Here’s what you do: Scrape out the rest of the tomato paste into a small freezer-proof zipper top baggie with “Tomato Paste” and the date on written on it with a Sharpie (which you should always have in your kitchen junk drawer).

What to Do with Leftover Tomato Paste

Press out the air.

What to Do with Leftover Tomato Paste

Seal it.

What to Do with Leftover Tomato Paste

And throw it in the freezer.

The next time you need a small amount of tomato paste, take it out, and break off a piece that’s about the size of 1 tablespoon or what ever else the recipe calls for (don’t worry about precision: tomato paste isn’t one of those ingredients you need to measure perfectly, like baking powder or baking soda).

You can also freeze the tomato paste in ice cube trays, but I find this zipper top bag method to be quicker, easier, and less messy.

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Final tip: if you don’t have tomato paste in a recipe, and the amount called for is small, 3 tablespoons or less, you can also use ketchup!

What to Do with Leftover Tomato Paste

Recipes for Leftover Tomato Paste

Here are recipes to help you use up that leftover tomato paste!

Tomato Scallion Rice / Carrie Crow / Katie Workman / themom100.com

Tomato Scallion Rice

A colorful, delicious, year-round and versatile dish dish (and a great way to use not-so-perfect tomatoes!)

Barbecue Sauce

Barbecue Sauce

No artificial sweeteners or ingredients, and it keeps in the fridge for weeks!

Perfect Tomato Soup

Perfect Tomato Soup

Sometimes you just want the classic—bursting with tomato flavor, silky smooth, and not complicated by much else.

Jewish Brisket for the Holidays

Total Jewish comfort food (but don’t feel like you have to be Jewish to make this).

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