Did you know you can make your own tomato paste? I had no idea!
I mean, I guess I should have known since I can go buy tomato paste at the store. I know it’s possible to make it…but I didn’t think I would ever actually do it.
When we were drowning in tomatoes a few weeks ago, I finally buckled down one weekend afternoon and just went for it.
3 pounds of tomatoes, blended up, and then cooked down and down and down until there’s basically no liquid left (this takes hours), and you’re left with incredibly thick and rich concentrated tomato gold.
It starts as liquid and 3 or so hours later…you’ve got tomato paste! Thick, rich, tangy – and your house smells amazing while this is cooking, too. Make sure you have a good snack handy so you don’t keep dipping a spoon into this pot of tomato candy.
If you can still get vine ripe tomatoes, please make this? I can’t even tell how insanely good homemade tomato paste is. It doesn’t compare to anything you get in the store.
Grab a few pounds of tomatoes and just let ‘em cook. You don’t have to do much but stir it every once in a while – easy, right? Put on some good music, dance around the kitchen, clean the house (yeah right) or do whatever else you need to do.
And then you can spoon it right into an ice cube tray, freeze them, and toss the frozen cubes into a ziploc bag to use all fall and winter.
Now I’m just sad that our tomatoes are done this year. There’s never, ever enough.
Homemade Tomato Paste
Makes: about 1 cup tomato paste
- 3 pounds roma or paste tomatoes
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Remove the stems from the tomatoes, slice them in half, and drop the tomatoes into the bowl of a food processor. If they won’t all fit, do this in two batches.
- Pulse the tomatoes until they’re broken down and the mixture is smooth.
- Pour the tomatoes into a large pot, stir in the salt, and turn the heat to medium-low.
- Let the tomatoes come up to a simmer, then lower the heat, cover the pot, and let it cook on low for about 3 hours, stirring occasionally, until almost all the liquid is gone and the tomato mixture is reduced to about 1/3 and thick.
- Spoon the tomato paste into small containers to freeze or into an ice cube tray. Freeze solid, then move to a ziploc bag and store in the freezer until ready to use.