Tomato paste is a kitchen staple with a lot of uses that’s why it won’t hurt to save whatever’s left on a can of tomato paste for later use. Of course, once a can of tomato paste has been opened, it has to be stored carefully to prevent spoilage. You can freeze tomato paste and store it until it’s ready to use again.
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One of the most important things to remember when you freeze tomato paste is to transfer it to a clean container. Never freeze the product in an opened can. When stored properly, frozen tomato paste will keep fresh for up to 4 to 5 months.
What’s the Proper Way to Freeze Tomato Paste?
The best way to freeze tomato paste is to transfer the product into a glass or rigid plastic container and store the paste at 0 degrees Fahrenheit. You can also use ice cube trays to store your tomato paste.
To freeze tomato paste, start by lining the container with cling wrap. The plastic wrapper ensures that the paste will not stick to the bottom of the container. After lining the container with cling wrap, start spooning the paste directly into the container, making sure to leave about an inch of space in the container for freezing. Finally, cover the container with an airtight lid, mark the date of freezing and stick it in the freezer.
Another method to freezing tomato paste is spooning a dollop in a cling wrap lined glass tray. Freeze the dollops solid and then take them out of the freezer to transfer in a sturdy plastic wrap before chucking them back in the freezer.
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What’s the Best Way to Defrost Frozen Tomato Paste?
To defrost a large batch of tomato paste, just transfer the frozen paste from the freezer to the fridge and thaw overnight. It will be ready to use in the morning. For smaller batches of tomato paste, get several dollops of the paste and put it directly into the dish during cooking.
Tomato paste makes any tomato-based dishes even more flavorful so stocking up is always a good idea! Now that you know how to freeze tomato paste properly, why not save excess products for later use so you’ll always ready for a cookout?