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Phoenix - Where to buy tomato paste in a tube

Firenza00 Jan 7, 2008 10:31 AM

Does anyone on the Valley sell the tubes of tomato paste?

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    oryza Jan 8, 2008 03:31 PM

    Trader Joe's sells, not in a tube, but in a sealed box Parmalat-style, a tomato "starter sauce" which is has quite a lovely, intense, fresh flavor that works magic when large quantities of farm-fresh tomatoes are not available or feasible...

    1. Bill Hunt Jan 7, 2008 03:55 PM

      We've picked it up at AJ's on several locations. I cannot recall the brand, but it was very good, in the sauces that it was used in. I checked the 'fridge, to see if I could find a brand, but all we had were a seleciton of herbs in olive oil, in tubes - the tomato paste was gone.

      Hunt

      1. azhotdish Jan 7, 2008 12:22 PM

        Leave it to me to ask the stupid question - is there any difference between canned tomato paste and that in a tube? I usually stick the leftovers in a very small resealable container when done...guess I've never even seen it in a tube.

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          ziggylu Jan 7, 2008 12:50 PM

          I buy the "double concentrated" in a tube...deeper richer flavor than the stuff in the cans and no storage and usage dilemma once the can is open. The tubes keep forever.

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            Sherri Jan 7, 2008 12:59 PM

            The packaging is similar to a tube of toothpaste. This is a luxury item as honesty compells me to add that my small tube of Napoleon tomato paste cost $3 (Bashas') for just a couple of ounces VS less than a dollar for a small can of tomato paste. I do like having the small amount available as needed but agree that one can certainly put the leftovers in a small container to refrigerate for later use. Unfortunately, I always forget it's there and end up throwing out those furry bits when it's time to clean.

            At our store, the position alternates (depending on stockers' whim??? between tomato products or the pasta aisle).

            1. re: azhotdish
              JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Jan 7, 2008 08:19 PM

              The stuff in a tube tastes better and it lasts practically forever since it doesn't see air until it gets used. Like others, I usually forget that I already have a can of tomato paste open until it's started to get fuzzy.

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              jhenner Jan 7, 2008 12:13 PM

              I know this isn't exactly the answer you want, but you could always pipe canned tomato paste.

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                mdepsmom Jan 7, 2008 11:38 AM

                I've seen it at AJ's.

                1. winedubar Jan 7, 2008 11:28 AM

                  my safeway has it as well. in the pasta aisle.

                  1. JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Jan 7, 2008 10:50 AM

                    Most stores carry the sun-dried tomato paste. If you want regular tomato paste in a tube, I know for sure that Sunflower Markets carries it.

                    1. silverbear Jan 7, 2008 10:47 AM

                      I've never seen it a Trader Joe's. I must be looking in the wrong place. Last time I bought some (about two months ago), I got it at Calabria Italian Grocery & Deli. I suspect that other Italian delis such as Andreoli and Niccoli's would also have it. By the way, I also tried Calabria's catering for the first time over the weekend. I picked up two hot food trays -- one chicken parmigiana and one cheese lasagna -- for a party I was hosting. The guests raved about both. Score another point for this Downtown business.

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                      Calabria Italian Grocery & Deli
                      1001 N 3rd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003

                      Niccoli's Deli & Pizza
                      6102 N 16th St Ste 9, Phoenix, AZ 85016

                      Andreoli Italian Grocer
                      8880 E Via, Linda Scottsdale, AZ

                      1. jcoz23 Jan 7, 2008 10:37 AM

                        I'm not sure if you are looking for a particular kind, but I see it at the Fry's by my house next to the dry pasta...I want to say the brand is Amore, but not 100% sure...

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                          janeh Jan 7, 2008 10:40 AM

                          I usually find it at Trader Joe's (of course...).

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