It’s a scenario that most of us cooks have been through time and again.
The recipe calls for two tablespoons of tomato paste. So, you open a 6-oz can of it, because that’s the only size it comes in, right? You use your two tablespoons out of the can, throw some tinfoil over the top of it (or, if you’re super-organized and sensible, you actually transfer it to a small plastic container), and toss it in the fridge.
Where it sits until it molds. So you throw it away. And then the next day you’re cooking something else that calls for two tablespoons of tomato paste.
And so on.
Well, I found a solution; perhaps you’re all way ahead of me and are thinking, “What the heck is wrong with her that she didn’t know about this stuff?”
Here it is.
Tada! Is this the most genius invention ever? Have I been living in the stone age that I just discovered this stuff about a year ago? Ok, don’t bother answering that second question.
I love it–it’s like a tube of toothpaste (except you really don’t want to brush your teeth with this stuff, trust me). I’m sure it’s probably much more expensive than the little cans, ounce for ounce. You know what? I have NO CLUE how much it costs. And I don’t care. I know it’s cheaper in the end, because I’m not wasting a half a can every single time I need some.
Two tablespoons, one teaspoon, just a smidge, whatever. You can use however much you need at the time, and eventually you end up using THE WHOLE THING.
I know, I’m easily impressed. But I’ve also started buying garlic paste and pesto this way. If I could buy crushed ginger this way, I’d do that, too. (Although I actually started buying the ginger in a little glass jar, which is basically the same idea. And also genius.) This wonderful little tube of tomato paste comes in a little box, and you can find it by all the canned tomato products.
Try it, you’ll love it. I promise.