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Tomato Paste

Tomato Paste

Tomato Paste
© Denzil Green

Tomato Paste is a tomato concentrate so thick you can cut it with a knife. It adds body and flavour to sauces, and tomato flavour to other dishes without adding excess liquid to get that flavour. It is made from whole tomatoes, boiled down, strained and concentrated.

Most Tomato Paste in North America is sold in small tins, containing 6 or 7 tablespoons. Most recipes call for 1 or 2 tablespoons.

Do you see the problem? How many times have you left Tomato Paste out, flipped for another recipe or whacked in ketchup instead, because you remember last time, when you dutifully put the remaining contents of the tin in a plastic container in the fridge until it grew green mould, at which point you could throw it away guilt-free?

There are two ways to beat this. The first is to use to freeze the leftover amount (see Storage below.) The second is to buy Tomato Paste in tubes. You just squeeze out how much you want, put the top back on the top, and whack it back in the fridge. Because it's so much more convenient to use and store, you'll find yourself using it way more often. Tomato Paste in a tube can seem like it is a bit more expensive, but because you throw out less, it can actually be better value.


Ketchup; Tomato Purée


Heinz Tomato Paste is made from 100% pure tomatoes, with no additives. Heinz says that there is no sugar in it.


6 oz (170g) can Tomato Paste = 3/4 cup

Storage Hints

If you've opened a tin of Tomato Paste, and don't have any immediate use for it all.....

Use it to fill the cubes in ice cube trays. Freeze it, then when frozen pop out and into a freezer bag.

Each cube of frozen Tomato Paste will equal 1 tablespoon; ready to go for your next recipe in just the quantities you need.

[Alternatively, cover a sturdy plate or small baking sheet with waxed paper, put 1 tablespoon dollops of Tomato Paste on the waxed paper, place in freezer and when frozen put into freezer bag.]

See also:


Amber Jewel Tomatoes; Andine Cornue Tomatoes; Black Tomatoes; Canned Tomatoes; Cherry Tomatoes; Delizia Tomatoes; Golden Delight Tomatoes; Ketchup; Marmande Tomatoes; Melrow Tomatoes; Passata; Pink Jester Tomatoes; Plum Tomatoes; Pome dei Moro Tomatoes; Principe Borghese Tomatoes; Semi-Dried Tomatoes; Strawmato Tomatoes; Sun-Dried Tomatoes; Tomatillos; Tomato Butter; Tomato Juice; Tomato Paste; Tomato Purée; Tomatoes; Vittoria Tomatoes

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Also called:

Concentré de tomate, Pâte de tomates (French); Tomatenmark (German); Concentrato di pomodoro (Italian); Concentrado de tomate, Puré de tomates (Spanish)


Oulton, Randal. "Tomato Paste." CooksInfo.com. Published 26 February 2001; revised 18 September 2005. Web. Accessed 06/22/2018. <http://www.cooksinfo.com/tomato-paste>.

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