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"Double Concentrated" Tomato Paste in a tube? Huh?

I received this as a gift, because I asked for it and didn't know where to get it. It is from the Whole Foods Everyday Value brand, and that is what the label says, but there are no instructions, so I'm not sure how much to use. If I want 1 tablespoon of paste, do I use 1 teaspoon instead? More? Less? Believe it or not, I am really good at math, but when it comes to cooking I am as blank as a board. Usually there is some sort of formula to help with the correct amount, but not here, Someone please give me a clue. Thanks.

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  1. I bought a tube of double concentrated tomato paste for the first time yesterday too. I just assumed that you could use it like tomato paste in a can. Isn't tomato paste automatically concentrated seeing as its so thick? I used it in the recipe that I made last night. It called for a tablespoon of tomato paste and that's what I used. It turned out just fine. The tube is so much more convenient than those dumb little cans. I always end up throwing most of it away after I've used my 1 or 2 tablespoons. And yes, I know I could freeze it but I just never get around to doing it. Yeah for the tubes!

    1. I have always been told that you should use 1/2 the called for amount of tomato paste. In your example, if the recipe called for 1 tablespoon of tomato paste you would use 1 1/2 teaspoons of the double concentrated tomato paste. Of course tomato paste is one of those background flavors which you can dial up or down to your liking so don't sweat the math too much.

      1. I use the same amount I normally would, but I do it to taste.
        I've actually given up on tomato concentrate a bit.

        1. I just treat it like regular tomato paste and get twice the taste! lol It's such a convenience to have it in a tube. I love the stuff. I was in Italy in December and came back with...now wait for it...triple concentrate tomato paste in a tube. Yes, triple! It's like tomato gold!

          1. we've been using tubes of tomato paste in England for ever - I remember my mum using them in the 60s. Never understood why I haven't been able to get them in the US those cans are annoying.

            1. I touched the tip of my tongue to a dab of SEPTUPLE tomato paste concentrate and went into anaphylactic shock for three straight days. Only now have I recovered enough to post on Chowhounds.

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              1. re: Perilagu Khan

                Raise you one higher: Turkish sal├ža, made from sundried tomatoes. so highly concentrated base material Blows all others out of the water. Not commercially imported.

                1. re: Perilagu Khan

                  Perilagu - seriously? That's scary. I doubt that the stuff I have is that potent. Geez, hope it isn't!

                  This was a gift that I wanted, only for the fact that I was looking for a recipe for a french dish and people kept insisting it had tomato paste in it. I found a similar recipe and it used some tubed tomato paste to give the dish a deep flavor, without you realizing that tomato was in it. So, I have it now and wish I could remember that recipe! LOL!

                  1. re: danhole

                    I's just joshin'. No shock for me except the shock treatment right before I got my lobotomy.

                2. Seems unnecessary to have double strength anything when the amount you use of it is so small-i.e., what would be the point of double strength salt. If you want more tomato paste effect just use twice as much. I freeze canned tomato paste cans after opening both ends. After it is frozen you can just push the cylinder of paste out and keep it frozen in a small zip lock bag. Just chop off what you need with a cleaver. Much cheaper than the tubes.

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                  1. re: LRunkle

                    Don't cha need a special tomato paste cleaver for that?

                    1. re: Perilagu Khan

                      Nah, just use your trusty Ronco PasteMaster! (patent pending)

                    2. re: LRunkle

                      That is such a GREAT idea! I've taken spoonfuls of leftover tomato paste, frozen them and bagged them, but after reading your post, I'm going to try the following: (1) open one end of the can, (2) put the can into a plastic bag, (3) freeze the contents, (4) open the other end, (5) push the cylinder of tom. paste out, (6) slice cylinder into discs, (7) wrap and re-freeze for later use.

                      I love the tomato paste in tubes, but it is rather expensive; this might be a good and economcal way of being able to use small amounts of tomato paste without being wasteful.

                      1. re: LRunkle

                        I could be wrong, but I don't think it's a matter of substituting twice the amount of another. I think double- and triple-concentrate tomato paste is more concentrated because of the drying times used when processing the tomatoes. Just doubling or tripling the amount of regular tomato paste won't have the same effect. JMO.

                      2. There is a formula--sounds like you'd half the called-for amount. Just google a conversion table. Or use one of Google's tools-- http://www.google.com/intl/en/help/fe...

                        I never remember the conversions myself!

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                        1. re: Vetter

                          "There is a formula--sounds like you'd half the called-for amount." Well, slap me silly! And it won't take much, as I already feel like a silly goose! When you put it like that I can get it. Wish WF would have put that on the tube. And thanks for the google tool link - never saw that before.

                        2. If I'm not mistaken, Cook's Illustrated called the Amore brand double-concentrated paste the best readily-available tomato paste on the market- and they say to use it as you would regular tomato paste (which is what I do, with pretty good results). I keep cns available for when I need a fair amount of it, and the tube around for jazzing up soups, sauces, all sorts of things.

                          1. Though this post was answered long ago, I just wanted to add to the 'no need to reduce' group. As mentioned, it is the flavor that makes it so wonderful, a result of the 'double concentrated' term. No need to reduce the amount called for in your standard recipe. Simply use as you would a canned paste. Though I was familiar with tomato paste, I only recently discovered Amore also produces HERB paste. Be still my heart!