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Tomato Paste in a Tube???

mglass Nov 6, 2007 11:38 AM

On the cooking shows on TV, the chefs always use tomato paste that comes in a squeezable tube that is re-closeable, but I can only find tomato paste in a can at Trader Joe's and Whole Foods and everywhere else. Then I end up wasting the rest of the can because I don't cook with it often enough. Does anyone know where I can find tomato paste in a tube in the Chicagoland area? (preferably in the city...)

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    ChiTownCat Nov 6, 2007 11:44 AM

    I've seen the tomato paste tube at TJ's...but that was a while ago. Not sure if they still carry the tube version. Maybe you could check a speciality food shop or even the Chopping Block...

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      rubinow Nov 6, 2007 11:56 AM

      Italian grocers have it, I think. Caputo's and Bari Foods, for example.

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        gordeaux Nov 6, 2007 12:27 PM

        Probably costs too much, but they have it at Williams Sonoma too.

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          joanW2002 Nov 6, 2007 01:10 PM

          Here's a tip my Mother gave me years ago. After using some tomato paste, scoop out the rest in 1 tablespoon measures and put on a plate. Put plate in freezer. When they are hardened, pop them into a zip-lock bag, Place in freezer and use as needed.

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          1. re: joanW2002
            Berns Nov 11, 2007 10:08 AM

            well, I just put the whole can contents into a small ziplock sandwich bag. then ... press out all the air and press flat. you can then break off any portion in the frozen state and use as needed.

          2. nsxtasy Nov 6, 2007 03:27 PM

            It's pretty widely available. Are you *sure* they don't have it at Trader Joe's and Whole Foods? I could swear I've seen it at WF, at least.

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              mglass Nov 7, 2007 07:30 AM

              Thanks for all the responses! I've looked a couple times at WF and TJ's but I will look again. :) And joanW2002 - thanks for the freezing tip! That's a good thing to know! :)

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                wandajune6 Nov 7, 2007 08:25 AM

                I've always bought it at Italian grocery stores too. Caputo's is good and I vaguely remember seeing it at Treasure Island.

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                  delk Nov 7, 2007 10:56 AM

                  I've gotten it at both Jewel and Dominick's... search the entire "Italian Section" it's usually on a shelve somewhere, just not with other pastes.

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                  1. re: delk
                    nsxtasy Nov 8, 2007 02:03 PM

                    My local Dominick's has it (Amore brand) in the section with other tomato sauces and pastes.

                  2. nsxtasy Nov 7, 2007 02:09 PM

                    It comes packed inside an outer box, so look for a stack of long skinny boxes on the shelf (don't look for tubes or you'll miss it).

                    I was in Whole Foods today (Evanston) and they had it (Amore brand). It was on the shelf in the "tomato sauce and pasta" section, right next to jars of sun-dried tomatos.

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                      delk Nov 7, 2007 02:42 PM

                      Just got home from the office and checked, we have Dell' Alpe brand tomato paste and Amore brand sun-dried tomato paste and pesto paste as well, all in tubes.

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                      1. re: delk
                        brendastarlet Nov 7, 2007 02:46 PM

                        I'm sure WF has Amore. It's not a bargain compared with good old Contadina, but if you only need a tablespoon, it's convenient.

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                        chucktowneater Nov 8, 2007 02:34 PM

                        I would second Joanw2002. I buy tomato paste in a can and freeze the leftovers in little cylinders. It really doesn't hurt the quality of the paste to freeze them.

                        1. chicgail Nov 9, 2007 03:48 AM

                          I never buy tomato paste in in a can because of the wastage. The stuff in a tube iseasy to find at any grocery store.

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