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Double Concentrate Tomato Paste/ Paste in a Tube

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HungryHoya Sep 23, 2013 01:00 PM

Has anyone ever used tomato paste from a tube? We use tomato paste with enough frequency to buy the pack of cans from Costco, but I hate having to either throw out a little or store a few tablespoons when recipes only use a little bit (and we do not use it so frequently that we need open containers in the fridge all the time). I've never seen tomato paste in a tube in my grocery store, but after seeing it at Williams Sonoma I found a few other sources online. Most of them require buying a fairly substantial quantity, so I'd love to hear what others' experience is. Many of these pastes are labeled as being "double concentrate." Do they really have twice the flavor? Am I right to assume you'd just use half the amount as a recipe calls for?

Thanks!

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  1. c oliver RE: HungryHoya Sep 23, 2013 01:13 PM

    I don't buy it but see it in all our big grocery stores. Surprised that you don't.

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      sharhamm RE: c oliver Sep 24, 2013 01:33 AM

      I've always see it on the top shelf, where they sell the tomatoes and italian foods section in many grocery store. The boxes are only about 2 inches or less wide and the packing just doesn't draw attention to it. Usually where they sell the tubed anchovy sauce. If it's good enough for Mario Batali, he uses it on "The Chew" for many of his recipes, it's good enough for me.

    2. zitronenmadchen RE: HungryHoya Sep 23, 2013 01:14 PM

      I'm not sure about using less, I'm not a measurer when I cook, but the Italian brands of tomato paste in a tube are so tasty, I could eat right out of the tube, and have. It does thicken tomato sauce very well, and is very good in sauce aurore.

      1. Caitlin McGrath RE: HungryHoya Sep 23, 2013 01:25 PM

        I keep the tubes on hand, unless I am making something that requires a good quantity at once, because I don't use tomato paste all that often and the tubes keep for ages in the fridge. The paste has very good flavor, but I do not use half the amount (or any less) than I would otherwise.

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          boogiebaby RE: Caitlin McGrath Sep 23, 2013 01:28 PM

          +1

          I get mine from either Sprouts or Trader Joes, but I have seen it at Ralphs too. I don't use less either.

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            greygarious RE: boogiebaby Sep 23, 2013 01:58 PM

            Trader Joe's discontinued theirs some months ago, which is a shame since it was the same quality as Amore et. al, for a fourth the price.

            If the tubes are "double-concentrated", so's the stuff you buy in the supermarket in 6oz cans. You could throw away what you don't need from a can and still pay less than you would for a tube. I keep the Trader Joe's tube in the fridge indefinitely, though it DOES have an expiration date. I won't buy the pricier tubes again. I just put the extra in the can in a small freezer container. When I need a bit I either pry it out or let the container thaw for a short time, spoon some out, then refreeze the remainder.

        2. fldhkybnva RE: HungryHoya Sep 23, 2013 01:41 PM

          I see it all the time and have a tube from Whole Foods always in the fridge. I only buy cans if I need more than 75% of it. I don't consider it double concentrated, I just use it as is - tbsp for tbsp.

          1. c oliver RE: HungryHoya Sep 23, 2013 01:47 PM

            I just find it so easy to freeze leftovers in 1T 'blobs' and then put in a zipping bags.

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              smtucker RE: HungryHoya Sep 23, 2013 05:31 PM

              I only buy tomato paste in a tube. To be specific, Amore brand. I like the flavor of this paste far more than the cans, which mostly tastes like can to me. Also not crazy about the can materials.

              1. corneygirl RE: HungryHoya Sep 23, 2013 07:34 PM

                Keeping up with the main theme. I use the tube as an equal sub for the can. I mostly use the tube these days, unless I'm making something where I know I'll use a lot (e.g. sloppy joes). If you are of the persuasion where Tbs. sized dabs of frozen paste would ACTUALLY be retrevied from the freezer, then that is a more economical decision IMO. My freezers are pits of despair so I've given up on small bits...

                1. C. Hamster RE: HungryHoya Sep 23, 2013 07:54 PM

                  Buy cans

                  They are cheaper. And taste better

                  Freeze leftovers in ziplocks. Just break off what you need

                  Flat stores easily in the freezer

                  1. KarenDW RE: HungryHoya Sep 23, 2013 09:08 PM

                    I often use Amore brand. It's especially great for when I am using a holiday rental home, and don't have all the "usual" accoutrement of my regular kitchen.

                    1. mbfant RE: HungryHoya Sep 23, 2013 11:08 PM

                      In Italy everybody uses tubes, if they use tomato paste at all. It is used in very small quantities, and yes, supposedly you use less of double and still less of triple concentrate, but I've never done the math. If I feel the need, I just squeeze about two toothbrushes' worth. Then there is the kind you can buy in bulk in Sicily, called strattu, from estratto, or extract. It is super concentrated, and a couple of tablespoons dissolved in water is about all you need for a sauce without other tomatoes. It keeps covered in the fridge for eons, and can also be covered with oil.

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                        HungryHoya RE: HungryHoya Sep 24, 2013 09:13 AM

                        Thanks, everyone! It sounds like an interesting product I will look more closely for at the grocery store, but doesn't sound like I should order the bulk amount I'd need to in order to get it online.

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                          mwhitmore RE: HungryHoya Sep 24, 2013 09:31 AM

                          Piggybacking, has anyone tried the other Amore tubes: Pesto, garlic, herbs anchovy?

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                            smtucker RE: mwhitmore Sep 24, 2013 10:05 AM

                            I have only tried the sun-dried tomato version [note: make clearer notes when sending Mr. 02143 to the store] and found it far too sweet for my tastes. My kid likes it though, but she has never met something sweet that she didn't like.

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                              corneygirl RE: mwhitmore Sep 24, 2013 07:11 PM

                              I dislike the pesto - even in the deepest, darkest winter and even added to soup or something. It tastes like pesto made with dried herbs, which is to say not like pesto at all.

                              EDA - I like anchovy paste (usually Reese brand). Never noted much difference between a squirt of that or a fillet or two. I do prefer fillets if a recipe calls for more than one or two, but find the paste is always good in a pinch.

                            2. pagesinthesun RE: HungryHoya Sep 24, 2013 03:38 PM

                              I do use the tubes. Equal measurements with what is called for. It's so handy to have around. I squeeze a little into all kinds of sauces, soups, dips, whatever, to add a little umame flavor.

                              The only issue I have with the tube is that it usually ends up with a little crack towards opposite end of the tube and slowly leaks out in the fridge. grr

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                                boogiebaby RE: pagesinthesun Sep 24, 2013 05:21 PM

                                That's exactly why I keep it in a Ziploc bag!

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                                  pagesinthesun RE: boogiebaby Sep 24, 2013 06:00 PM

                                  Now, why didn't I think of that!?

                                  Thanks!

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