How many of you buy those little cans of tomato paste? You know, the little 6 oz. ones that never seem to go on sale.
Have you ever needed just a tablespoon and then didn't know what to do with the rest? So you put it in a container in your deep freeze where it languished until it was dead.
I haven't bought one of those cans in a very long time. I make my own tomato paste by always having tomato powder in my pantry.
Tomato powder only has one ingredient, tomatoes. No salt which those little cans have.
I used to use tomato bouillon granules but it had ingredients that I wasn't crazy about. Hence I found this tomato powder and I have never looked back.
I buy a 32 oz. jar of:
from amazon.com for $ 20.86. I just placed an order to replenish my supply. If you have a larger family than I do, you can get it cheaper by using subscribe and save.
I make my own tomato paste when I need it. To replace a 6 ounce can, I just mix 1/4 cup of powder with 1/4 cup of hot water. If you want to add salt, you can. I don't.
If I need just a tablespoon or another measure,I just use less powder and less water adjusted to the thickness I want.
In a pinch if I don't have tomato sauce, I can make that too. Just mix 1/4 cup of powder to 1/2 cup of hot water.
You can also make tomato juice or just sprinkle it on those hot house tomatoes in the winter to make them taste better.
The first time I bought it was to flavor soups and make Spanish rice. But then I branched out to the tomato paste. I hate wasting partial cans of anything so this works for me.
The other advantage to me is that it will keep a very long time, almost indefinitely.
It may or may not be as cheap as buying all of those little cans but it is certainly handier.