Saturday, November 5, 2011

Homemade tomato paste

I know I mentioned the other day that I'd taken more tomatoes out of the boxes.  I didn't have enough to can  because most of them were small.  I put them in the dehydrator because that was easy and I thought I'd use them for soups and stuff.  I had five trays of them once they were sliced thinly.

When they were done I was thinking:  I wonder what they would be like if you tried to re-hydrate them?  Probably mushy.  Well, what if you broke them in half and tried then, you'd have mushy pieces but they'd be smaller.  What if they were all broken up?

Hey!  Wait a minute!  I wonder if I can grind them all up and use them for tomato paste?
I got our my old but new to me food processor and tried the blade.

That didn't work so well.  Neither did the shredder blade that I tried next.  I don't have a grinder, but that would have been great.  So, next, let's try the blender.

That's better!
Throw some more in there and keep going!

All done!

I'm thinking I can just get a bit out (however much I need) and add tiny bits of water until it's really thick like the store bought stuff.  I didn't de-seed  the tomatoes, so you can see them in there but I don't care.  It's still much better than buying those small cans, using a tiny bit and then having to freeze the rest or find something to cook that uses it up, right?

I'll let you know how it works out after I use some.  

Pretty, isn't it?


Akannie said...

Wowsa, girl. I just eat my dehydrated tomatoes like candy. Or throw 'em in things or on salads...I'm way too lazy to make tomato paste, tho I did it my youth.

Have a happy weekend!

Erin said...

Creative! I'm with Akannie, we just eat them like candy LOL. We also throw on top of our grilled pizzas in the winter for a hint of summer, and my favorite use is to throw them in the blender with my hummus for sun dried tomato & garlic hummus!