Tablespoons of Tomato Paste
I don't know about you but I have a ton of recipes that call for just a Tbsp or 2 of tomato paste. And really I kind of refuse to buy the squeezable tube because it seems wasteful to me. One, I live in Montana, I can't recycle plastic, I mean at all!!!!! And two, the can is just cheeper.
So here is what I do, and it takes me all of about 2 minutes so prepare. Open your can of tomato paste, I like the big cans, that way I have to do it less frequently...
Spoon out about a Tbsp....
Place it on a cookie sheet. (I like to put it on either plastic wrap or tin foil, that way I don't have to clean the cookie sheet but it doesn't matter either way, it pops right off.)
And stick it in the freezer! After a few hours take it off the cookie sheet and place it in a ziploc bag and back in the freezer it goes. Now whenever you need a Tbsp of tomato paste, it is there waiting for you!
Just thought I would share one of my little secrets with you. I have been doing this for years, really, and it has saved me time, money, and guilt about recycling in the long run.
Happy cooking everyone!