Monday, March 18, 2013

What to do with leftover Tomato Sauce/Paste

If I make soups, stews, I never use the entire can of tomato sauce/paste and I hate to throw away the leftovers.  In the past I would just pour it in a sandwich bag and freeze it but when I would try to use it and have to peel the bag out from the crevices of the frozen sauce and  it was just kind of annoying really.  Trying to break a chunk of didn't work very well either.   I read over on Living on Less Money (an awesome blog!) where one of her readers spoke of putting the leftovers in dollops on wax paper, freezing them, and popping them in a bag for storage.   Another person spoke of getting an ice tray for the same purpose which is a great idea.  I bypassed those and this idea morphed into my own.  ;) 
I took my ramekins and greased them a teeny bit and poured about 2 tablespoons into each cup.  I froze them and then put them in a plastic bag.  They are the perfect size for adding to a meal with no waste.  I made Spanish Rice yesterday and used one~  worked perfect! 

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  1. now that is a great idea! gonna check out that blog!

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    1. Hi Anna! So glad you stopped by! Thanks~ I wasn't going to post this since it seemed so silly but then I thought, why not? lol

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  2. What a great idea and I love how cute they turned out, lol! You can also freeze gravy in ice cube trays too.

    When we freeze soup or tomato sauce we lay it on a tray so that it's flat. That way it dries flat and you can stack it, or you can have it "stand" up. I love your idea of the ramekins for the sauce. I don't have any but I could use my coffee cups!

    Thanks so much for linking up to "Making Your Home Sing Monday" today! :)

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    1. I was going to do the same thing but, silly me, didn't want to use the aluminum. hahahaha!

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  3. What a cool idea and tip! Thanks! Now I don't have to waste mine!!
    Selene @ restorationbeauty.com

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    1. Me too Selene! Thanks for stopping by again! Appreciate that!

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  4. A great idea ! Now you have me craving spanish rice...I have not made that in ages! :)

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    1. I still need to post that1 Tahnks so much Debra!

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  5. What a great tip! I hate to waste anything.

    I found your post through Richella's Grace at Home party.

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    1. Me too Paula~ and I think this will definitely help!

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  6. Love this idea, and looking forward to the Spanish rice recipe. Visiting from "A Favorite Thing" xo

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  7. Great idea! Thanks so much!

    xo
    Claudia

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  8. I like this idea very much!
    Smiles, Dottie

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    1. Glad to see you again Dottie! So glad you stopped by!

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  9. Terrific idea, I'm going to try it! Drives me nuts when recipes call for a Tbsp or two and you're left with the rest of the can.

    Happy weekend!

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    1. Thank you Sally Annie! Nice seeing you as always~!

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  10. Such a great tip for avoiding food waste. I have some left over tomato sauce in my fridge right now that I need to do this with... or else I need to make spaghetti tomorrow.

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  11. Thanks for the tip. It's a good idea! :-)

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    1. You're very welcome Babajeza! Have a great day!!!

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  12. Awesome idea! Thanks so much for sharing this on The HomeAcre Hop!
    Hope to see you on Thursday at:
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/03/the-homeacre-h…iveaway-winner.html

    I changed the starting time for the hop to Thurs morning and we'll be announcing the winner of the seed giveaway!

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