Can You Freeze Tomato Paste? Yes!

Can you freeze tomato paste?  You bet you can!  Here’s how to do it so you always have a tablespoon on hand when you need it.

There’s no funny little story or anecdote to go with this post on how to freeze tomato paste   It’s just a smart thing to do.  You’re going to find this hard to believe but once when I froze tomato paste I woke up the next morning with longer legs and the ability to macrame.  Speed macrame!  See?  Super-smart thing to do.

The only time I use an entire can of tomato paste is when I’m making my world famous spaghetti and meatballs.  I use world famous kind of loosely.  The same way every coffee shop in New York says their coffee is world famous. Having said that, my spaghetti and meatball recipe is killer.

How to Freeze Tomato Paste

Open the can up.


Scoop out however much you need for the recipe you’re making …

… then drop the rest onto the waxed paper.


1 tablespoon at a time.


Stick the waxed paper into the freezer (having it on a level surface like a plate).


Remove the tomato paste once its frozen.

Stick the tomato paste balls into a container or plastic bag and stick them back in the freezer.

See?   This way when you have a recipe that only calls for 1 or 2 tablespoons of tomato paste you have exactly the right amount on hand!


  • If you use a Ziploc type of baggie you can wash them in the washing machine.  I know!  It’s shocking but I tried it one day and it works. Just make sure you wash them in a cold cycle and don’t put them in the dryer. 
  • If you use more than a tablespoon at a time regularly and like things neat and orderly you can freeze them in an ice cube tray for perfect little cubes of tomato paste.

Not having to run to the grocery store for a can of tomato paste saves time. Time that can be spent on other things. Like macraming a pair of exceptionally long leggings.

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  1. Cheverly says:

    Oh DANG, I wish I had seen this last week! I literally used 2 TBSP and then just smooshed the rest into a ziploc baggie and froze that way. Your way is SO much smarter. This may be worth thawing and having a do-over.

  2. Pam says:

    Hi Karen,
    I got one for ya. I spilled some grease (hamburger) on the toes of my new suede boots. I love them. I had to wait until I got home to try and figure out how to fix it but all my efforts were in vain. It’s been 4 days now and I’m afraid I may have to wear as is. Do you have any ideas for me to try.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Pam – My cure for just about everything is kitty litter. Regular kitty litter for this, not the clumping kind. It can work to remove grease from things like cement and stuff. So I would fill a box with litter and dip the toes of your boots in it. However, having said that I’m not convinced you’ll ever get rid of the grease marks completely. :( Give it a shot tho! ~ karen

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