Homemade Tomato Paste Recipe
Tomato paste usually comes in a format that is difficult to use without being wasteful. Plus it usually has “extra things” in it, like citric or ascorbic acid and the like. Here at High-Fructose High, we don’t like “extra things” in our things – it’s a big part of the reason this whole site came about! So here is how to make your own tomato paste and easily store it, sans all that waste!
If it is that time of year, and you have tons of tomatoes you don’t know what to do with, this is a perfect solution for making use of a bunch of them. Likewise if you find some extra-good tomatoes at the farmers’ market or a good super-market in your area. You always want to make sure to start with quality tomatoes, or you won’t have a quality tomato paste for your dishes!
Start with 6-7 pounds of good quality tomatoes. Roughly chop them and boil them in a pot, covered with water, and with 1/4 cup of olive oil. Boil about 10 minutes, or until they are soft. After they are cool, you can put them through a food mill to get rid of the seeds and skin. If you don’t have a food mill, you can run them through a food processor, blender or immersion blender and then push them through a strainer or sieve to separate the good stuff from the seeds and skin.
Add a light coating of olive oil to a baking sheet – a cake pan might be even better, to prevent spillage. Then add the tomato puree to the pan and bake at 300 degrees for 2 hours.
Remove from oven and carefully stir the puree. Return to oven for 1 hour, remove, and stir again. Return to oven and keep repeating the process until you have what you recognize as tomoto paste! Approximately 4 hours all, in total.
Once cool, freeze in ice cube trays. Once frozen, pop from the ice cube trays and store in freezer bags. Remove 1 or 2 at a time to use in your favorite recipes.
~Sherry – Your No High-Fructose Corn Syrup Blogger
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