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LadyCook61 Mar 13, 2008 09:22 AM

I got some tomato powder for adding extra tomato boost to recipes, like soups, breads, pasta, pizza. Any ideas what else could use a tomato flavor ? Where I live tomatoes taste like cardboard, no taste at all which is why I bought the powder.

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    nemo RE: LadyCook61 Mar 13, 2008 11:33 AM

    Hi, LadyCook: A number of years ago I bought some powders from King Arthur Flour for use in homemade pasta, and I was very disappointed with them. I know I bought tomato and spinach. I don't think KA carries them any longer, which might be telling. They were artificial tasting and really not very flavorful. I quickly went back to fresh spinach and tomato paste for pasta. When tomatoes are out of season, I have no problem using canned tomatoes that have been processed at their prime -- diced, paste, whole, crushed. Sun-dried tomatoes whizzed in a food processor or blender are also good flavor amplifiers.

    Just out of curiosity, where did you buy the powder, and how does the ingredient list read?

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      LadyCook61 RE: nemo Mar 13, 2008 02:01 PM

      I bought it at http://spicebarn.com/tomato_powder.htm
      I have used it and it does taste like tomato, no artificial ingredients in it far as I know.

    2. chef chicklet RE: LadyCook61 Mar 13, 2008 11:38 AM

      I've seen Knorrs' tomato base, it that it?

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        LadyCook61 RE: chef chicklet Mar 13, 2008 02:02 PM

        not it. It is real tomato powder. http://spicebarn.com/tomato_powder.htm

      2. redgypsy RE: LadyCook61 Mar 13, 2008 02:13 PM

        I got some for Christmas from my Mom and have no idea what to do with it so I'm interested in seeing any answers you get. My Mom suggested putting it bread dipping oil -- but I can't figure out why.

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          torty RE: LadyCook61 Mar 13, 2008 02:38 PM

          Tomato paste also works wonders in tomato preps where you have less than stellar 'maters.

          1. soypower RE: LadyCook61 Mar 13, 2008 02:43 PM

            i've used a combination of tomato powder, cayenne pepper, and parmesan cheese to flavor popcorn...very yummy.

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              aelph RE: LadyCook61 Mar 13, 2008 07:11 PM

              I imagine what you have is similar to The Spice House's tomato powder; pure, freeze-dried tomato which is then ground to a very fine consistency. It's also highly hydroscopic so I keep mine in the fridge. It's a great replacement for tomato paste. Tastes just like tomato because it is tomato and nothing else.

              1. al b. darned RE: LadyCook61 Oct 25, 2008 05:50 PM

                I get mine from The Spice Barn as well. I use it to thicken chili and other tomato dishes. When the sauce for my crock pot chicken cattiatore came out a bit thin the other day, a couple tablespoons of tomato powder thickened it up with more flavor than if I'd used flour.

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                  kobetobiko RE: LadyCook61 Oct 25, 2008 06:10 PM

                  How about mixing it with mayo for a tomato mayo for sandwiches or as a dip for vegetables?

                  Or sprinkle them on homemade french fries or potato chips?

                  Or may be some salad dressing when too much real tomato may water down the flavor?

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