Lately I’ve been using tomato paste in many of my recipes. I’ve learned that a tablespoon of tomato paste is able to add a different dimension to meat in the slow cooker (even in non-tomato based recipes). The annoying thing is opening a whole can of tomato paste just for 1 tablespoon.
So this is what you do…get a cookie scooper that is 1 tablespoon and scoop out the rest of the tomato paste onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Freeze. Once frozen take out the tomato paste lumps and put them into a freezer Ziploc bag. Freeze until you need in a recipe. This is so easy and saves the tomato paste from getting moldy in the refrigerator.