Tomato Paste
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Thick Tomato Paste is a traditional product of Southern Italy, Malta and Sicily where it was made by sun drying a pure tomato sauce Reduction on wooden boards until it was thick enough to scrape up with a spatula.

In the UK, Tomato Paste is referred to as Tomato Purée or Tomato Concentrate.

Availability

Tomato Paste is available all year long.

Production

Today, modern Tomato Paste is made by removing the moisture from the tomatoes, typically by cooking them down for hours and then straining them to remove the seeds and skin. Once separated the Tomatoes are Reduced down to a thick (though thinner than traditional tomato paste), flavorful concentrated paste. In the U.S. Tomato Paste has had a Standard Identity since the 1930’s.

Purchasing

Look for canned Tomato Paste that has no dents. Also, make sure container is well sealed.

Storage

Tomato Paste is best stored in a cool dark place. Tomato Paste will last 1-2 years if unopened. When opened, Tomato Paste lasts 5-7 days refrigerated. 

Culinary Uses

Tomato Paste can be used to make Ketchup or even reconstituted Tomato Juice. The term "Pince" used in the kitchen means to cook off Tomato Paste.

Portion Size

Allow 1 t of Tomato Paste per person.

Substitutes

Tomato Sauce

Nutritional Value USDA
TOMATO PRODUCTS,CND,PASTE,WO/ SALT ADDED
Amount Per 100g
Calories 82
%Daily Value*
 
0%
Total Fat 0g
0%
Saturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Cholesterol 0mg
2%
Sodium 59mg
21%
Potassium 1014mg
6%
Total Carbohydrate 18g
16%
Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 12g
Protein 4g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Gluten Free

Yes

Low Fat

Yes

Low Calorie

Yes