Spotlight Ingredient: Tomato Powder

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Tomato powder has become a standard ingredient in my home kitchen.  Almost as standard as salt and pepper but definitely used as much as garlic powder!  I thought I'd share some of the very basic ways I take advantage of this versatile ingredient on a daily basis and maybe you'll decide you can't do without it either!

With tomato powder in my pantry, I have a back up when I'm out of tomato sauce or tomato paste...

Tomato Sauce:
Mix 4 parts water with 1 part tomato powder. Example: 
  • If a recipe calls for an 8 oz can of tomato sauce, I'll mix 1/4 cup tomato powder with 1 cup water.  8 ounces = 1 cup, so I'll use most of the mixture for the recipe. 

Tomato Paste:

Mix 2-3 parts water with 1 part tomato powder. Example:

  • a small can of tomato paste is 6 oz, which equals 3/4 cup.  To make a paste for a recipe calling for 1 can of paste, I'll mix 1/4 cup of tomato powder with 1/2 cup of water and then add up to another 4 tablespoons of water until I reach the desired consistency.  
  • sometimes a recipe calls for a tablespoon (or 2 or 3...) of paste.  One tablespoon = 3 teaspoons, so I can mix 1 teaspoon of the tomato powder with 2 - 3 teaspoons of water to get 1+ tablespoons of paste AND AVOID OPENING A WHOLE CAN OF PASTE! 

Tomato Juice:
Mix 6 parts water to 1 part powder and thin with extra water to desired consistency. Example:
  • I never have tomato juice in the house, but I do find recipes from time to time that I'd like to make that call for it.  With tomato powder, I can mix it right up.  The easy conversion is 6 cups water with 1 cup of tomato powder, but usually I don't need that much tomato juice for a recipe.  
    • A simple formula for me to follow is to make one cup at a time.  One cup (16 tablespoons) of water mixed with 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons of tomato powder.  From there, I can multiply those portions by the number of cups I need. {2 cups converts to 2 cups water (32 tablepoons) +5 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon of the powder}

Need Tomato Powder?

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I recommend the larger container if you are inclined to use the substitution ideas above.  The powder will last indefinitely when kept in a sealed container and in a cool dry place.  

  1. Quality of product without additives when possible
  2. Price point / value. This includes a calculation of shipping costs. Often times I will recommend a product that qualifies for free shipping when order is $25 or more over a less expensive product that has high shipping. 
  3. Availability. Sometimes I will change recommendations if I find that a product is consistently out of stock. 
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to find recipes for seasoning blends and mixes 
using Tomato Powder
also posted on the blog. 

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