I am more a fan of tomato paste than tomato sauce. I use the paste instead of sauce, even in dishes that requires sauce rather than the paste, which is more concentrated.Sometimes, I have these leftovers which I really don’t want to go to waste. How long does tomato paste last if I freeze it?
Definitely, the paste promises lots of lycopene concentrates in it. And the best thing about it is that you can either freeze the leftover and use it as a face mask.
After opening, the leftover tomato paste must be kept in the fridge or in the freezer. You can refrigerate and be able to use it in its best quality up to 40 to 45 days. Tomato paste will last indefinitely in the freezer, but its freshness may remain only up to 18 months.
Can You Freeze Tomato Paste?
There are many ways of preserving tomato paste, whether it is homemade or those we buy from stores. The easiest way, however, is to freeze tomato paste.
Some households with tomato gardens use canning processes by water bath. It’s a lot of work because you have to check often if the temperature in the spot where you keep them does not fluctuate.
With freezing, there is not much problem as long as the storage is set to zero degrees and below. You can just thaw it in the refrigerator before using.
Tomato has high acid content. It is also rapidly corrosive, that’s why to add a margin of safety, tomato paste, especially the canned ones, should only be preserved up to 18 months.
You do not freeze the tomato paste with the metal can, of course. Even the tomato sauce that are packed in tubes should be transferred into other container when stored in the freezer.
How to Freeze Tomato Paste
Tomato paste is versatile. It’s a powerful flavor that you can mix with various kinds of recipes. You can freeze any leftover so you can use it again for another food dish.
- Use a slightly hollowed spoon to scrape out the unconsumed paste of tomato
- Settle each spoon of paste into a board or wax paper
- You can place the paste in muffin tins or cupcake plastic cups if you prefer to use bigger amount of paste in each unit
- Place them in the freezer for up to four hours
- Take out the hardened tomato paste globs and transfer them to a freezer bag or to an airtight container
- Put the globs loosely into the bag in a single layer. This way, it will be easy to separate if you use the others
- Label the bags or container with the expiry date indicated in product.
Tomato Paste Recipes
This Simple Italian Garlic Chicken Tomato recipe is a wonderful way to cook chicken legs. Splashed with a little wine, the tomato flavor is absorbed fully by the meat.
Full of vitamin C, this tomato-rich pizza sauce is made out of tomato paste. It is definitely the quickiest way to make a tasty sauce for your pizza.
The following steps in this video will show you the technique in bringing out the tomato flavor when you make marinara sauce out of tomato paste.