Tomato Paste Rules…

Fresh fresh fresh…my )(*$)#&(. Chefs have been using tomato paste (and making it – but YOU don’t do THAT please!) to enhance everything from seafood to beef dishes to sauces for millenia. Tomato reduction contains umami! We all have recipes in our collection that call for a teaspoon or a tablespoon of tomato paste.

What to DO with the other 4 ounces (or 10 depending on the can you get? It comes in tubes now that will store in the fridge for forever, but you pay a premium. Lula’s Catering ‘s method is – buy a can. Put a piece of waxed paper or a pastry sheet on a cookie tray, dollop the whole can out in tablespoons on the paper, throw the sheet in the freezer for a few hours, pop it out, bag it up, and throw it in the freezer to have at the ready for the next YEAR. You’re welcome! For weekly tips and tidbits to help you in the kitchen you can go to