There is a much larger story surrounding my endeavor to make homemade tomato paste. This story will be told at a later date. Today, I will just share my triumph of will and patience that led to this culinary feat.
I say feat, but really it’s pretty simple. I used our home-grown canned tomatoes from last season as I’m trying to get rid of them before the new crop ripens.
Homemade Tomato Paste Recipe (makes about 6-8 oz paste)
- 1 quart canned tomatoes
- 2 Tb olive oil (I used my homemade roasted garlic infused oil)
- good quality salt, your preference (but I recommend it is not iodized as that tastes weird)
- heavy bottom non-reactive sauce pan
- blender or potato masher, unless you have a food mill handy
- jelly roll pan (or whatever you have that is close)
- heat-resistant spatula (I like my silicone spatula)
- storage container, preferably glass
- Pre-heat your oven to 350 F. Oil your jelly roll or other similar type pan.
- Make your tomatoes mashed up. If you are using a blender, pour the tomatoes in the blender and give it a whirr. If you are using a food mill, run the tomatoes through that. If you are like me and super lazy when it comes to cleaning stuff, dump the tomatoes in the non-reactive pan and mash them with the potato masher.
- Put the mashed up tomatoes in your non-reactive pan over medium heat, stir frequently until much of the water has boiled off. Lower heat as necessary to ensure that the tomatoes don’t burn.
- When you feel like you can’t do anymore without burning the reduced mixture, transfer it to your oiled jelly roll pan and put in the oven.
- Check and stir every 15 minutes until your tomato mixture darkens and thick and pasty.
- If not using directly, cool and transfer your tomato paste to storage container. If you are going to store your paste for more than a couple of days in the fridge, you should consider topping the paste with a good layer of olive oil. You can also heat can the jars.
So that’s about it. When I think about it, I’m pretty stoked I did this as I’m always disappointed in those little tinny-tasting cans of tomato paste you buy in the store. Blech.
I hope you enjoy and keep an eye out for what happens next: Homemade Tomato Ketchup and Homemade Barbecue Sauce!
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