Cooked down tomato paste

Tomato Paste – Recipe

If you can only put up tomatoes in one way, this is the way to go. Homemade tomato paste has an amazing flavor, and really adds richness & depth to recipes calling for tomato paste. 

Tomato Paste

This recipe scales up or down easily to use as many tomatoes as you want. I use ice cube trays to freeze individual 1-oz portions for use in recipes.

Ingredients
  

  • 4 lbs tomatoes cored & roughly chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic peeled & chopped
  • a few tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • black pepper to taste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F
  • Cook ingredients on the stove top until softened
  • Puree softened ingredients (immersion blender works great for this)
  • Pour the tomato sauce into a roasting pan (non-stick is best, with straight sides)
  • Roast at 300 until it thickens, stirring periodically
  • When your spatula leaves a clear path when sweeping the bottom of the pan, it has reduced sufficiently
  • Pour into ice cube trays, freeze, then vacuum seal the cubes

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