STORING TOMATO PASTE
Once opened, transfer the leftover tomato paste from the can to an airtight container or a small jar.
Smooth the surface of the paste and add a thin layer of olive oil on top. This helps prevent oxidation and preserves its freshness.
Seal the container tightly and store it in the refrigerator. It can last for about 5-7 days.
Spoon the tomato paste into ice cube trays. Each compartment usually holds about 1 to 2 tablespoons.
Freeze the trays until the paste is solid.
Pop out the frozen cubes and transfer them to a freezer-safe bag. Make sure to remove as much air as possible before sealing.
Label the bag with the date, and store it in the freezer. Frozen tomato paste can last for several months.
FREEZING TOMATO PASTE
Freezing in small portions, like ice cube trays, allows you to thaw only the amount you need for a particular recipe without having to thaw the entire batch.
Always label the container or bag with the date of freezing. This helps you keep track of its freshness and ensures you use the oldest tomato paste first.
When you need to use frozen tomato paste, remove the desired amount and let it thaw in the refrigerator or at room temperature. Alternatively, you can thaw it in the microwave using short bursts at a low power setting.
Once thawed, it’s generally best not to re-freeze tomato paste. This is because the texture can change, and it may not maintain its original quality.
By following these storage and freezing tips, you can make the most out of your tomato paste, ensuring that you always have this versatile ingredient on hand for various culinary creations.