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Jan 6, 2007 03:17 PM

tomato paste in a tube

I love using this product, but once it's opened, anyone know how long it keeps in the fridge? Normally I freeze spoonfuls of canned paste, but I thought this would be more convenient. So any ideas of how long it stays fresh once opened?

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  1. It lasts ages and ages. I have no idea when I bought mine, and every time I give it a squeeze, I'll sniff and taste a bit first, but it's always inexplicably fine.

    1. I've never noticed the actual number of months either, but I love this stuff and find it lasts a good long time . . . no air in the tube, and if you manage not to introduce bacteria...
      Certainly months and months, if not significantly longer.

      1. Can you please tell me where I can find this or who makes it? It sounds great!

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        1. re: empecot

          I've only seen Italian brands . . . sold (somewhat overpriced, ahem, but since you can use one tablespoon at a time over many months, it's worth it) in many Italian pork stores/delis. And my food coop sells it, in Brooklyn - but that probably doesn't help you.
          You might want to post on your home board.

          1. re: empecot

            you can find in in the supermarket. Depending on the market, it can be with the canned tomatoes/sauces or the condiments. The tube is packaged in a box - the brand is Amore.

            1. re: JRL

              There are lots of brands. They can generally be found alongside similar boxes of tubes of pesto and other things. The stuff hanging out in my fridge is Montali brand. Generally under/around $2

              1. re: rose water

                $2!!!!! You have to be kidding! Where are you, I'll buy a bunch the next time I am there. I think I've paid $4 or $5 for it.

                1. re: Anne H

                  that's what I thought too . . . it's around $2 at co-op, but $4 at the pork store
                  (and worth every penny, compared to wasting little cans)

                  when I looked at Trader Joes in December in VA, they only had cans
                  anybody buy it there recently?

                  1. re: pitu

                    $2 a tube for Montalli at Buon Italia in Chelsea Market. San Marzano DOP Tomatoes are $3.95 for the 28oz can.

                    Great store that.

            2. re: empecot

              I got mine at Publix supermarket- top shelf near the pasta and (ick) velveeta cheese. You could ask anyone in the store tho- they are big on cust service.

              1. re: empecot

                Trader Joe's just started stocking this product... It is 99 cents a tube...

              2. Never used it!
                I'll grab some today!

                I'm notorious for scooping out what I need fom a lil' can, then discovering the remains in the back of the fridge months later...

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                1. re: Mild Bill

                  I freeze my leftover canned tomato paste (flattened) in a ziploc bag, and break off pieces as I need it.

                  1. re: FlavoursGal

                    This is brilliant, thank you. I always have at least one can of tomato paste in the fridge with blue fuzz on it. Now I'll freeze it and never have that problem again!

                    1. re: Anne H

                      I love the tomato paste in tubes, but can't always find it. When I have to open a can, I freeze the leftovers in spoonfuls on a wax paper-lined baking sheet. When they're frozen, I peel them off the paper and put them in a zip-loc freezer bag. Then they're in nice, small portions and readily available.

                2. A few days ago I finished up a tube I bought about two years ago at Trader Joe's. I gave it a taste ... it was fine ... I'm still alive.