Friday, November 12, 2010

Don't Waste the Paste

This is a really easy one. Super easy. Easier than just about anything else you can do.

and ... you can feel really good because you're reducing waste. You're not throwing so much out. Yay!

Here's what you do:

1. Next time you buy some tomato paste, and open it - do NOT put the jar into the fridge. Where it'll get lost and fuzzy and eventually you'll have to toss it. 

2. Instead, whatever paste you don't use up - spoon into an ice cube tray and pop into the freezer. After the cubes are solid, put them into a freezer-proof bag or jar and store in the freezer. You can use them whenever you need tomato paste, over the next month or two.

Even better, they're in 1 Tbs-ish quantities ... perfect for when you just need a little bit!

And think, you've just saved the world ... by making tomato cubes. Isn't life grand?
Amanda xx


Bruno Punz Jones said... [Reply to comment]

You can also look out for the tubes of tomato paste that are commonly available in Europe. Use as little as you like. Much better than the cans. We found them in a grocery store, in Toronto, with a European slant. Maybe in Brisbane, too?

KC said... [Reply to comment]

I'm embarassed I haven't thought of this before.

Easy peasy organic said... [Reply to comment]

Thanks for the tip Bruno!

And KC, now you'll be buying a deep freeze and freezing everything ;)

Steph Bond-Hutkin said... [Reply to comment]

Super super super idea. Much better than buying individually wrapped and packed tomato paste sachets. Much less waste.

Easy peasy organic said... [Reply to comment]

Thanks darling! You make me feel so clever! ;)

Holly said... [Reply to comment]

Great tip. Another tomato paste tip is to keep the jar upside down in the fridge, it means the air is not at the top near the lid. Mine has never gone fuzzy since I started doing this.

Easy peasy organic said... [Reply to comment]

Thanks Holly!

Erin | Better Than Doing Laundry said... [Reply to comment]

Thank you soooo much. Found this through TasteSpotting. I have seven tablespoons freezing as I write. What to make with it next? Hmm...

Easy peasy organic said... [Reply to comment]

@Erin | Better Than Doing Laundry I bet you could make killer bloody mary ice cubes out of them ...

just saying ...

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