Last week, the universe was sending me a message that it was time to make some salsa.
I set to work chopping up onions and peppers. My little kitchen was a hive of productivity. And then I discovered –
that I had no tomato paste! And the grocery store was closed.
I turned to google.
I discovered that dehydrated tomatoes can be ground down to make your own tomato paste!
In my pantry I found these:
One is a jar of tomatoes I dehydrated last year from our mutant cherry tomato plant.
The second item is a coffee grinder left behind by the previous owner (in addition to pile of garbage, but that is a story for another time.)
The process was easy enough. I took about a handful of tomatoes at a time and ground them down in the coffee grinder until they were a fine powder.
According to my research, six tablespoons and ½ a cup of water was the equivalent of 6 ounces of tomato paste. This is roughly equivalent to a small can of tomato paste. I needed the equivalent of two small cans so I used ½ cup of my newly ground tomato paste and 1 cup of water. I stirred the mixture until the powder was fully mixed into the water. I then added the mixture to the pot of salsa on the stove.
My pantry came to the rescue again.
If you want to learn more, visit one of these sites:
This blogger uses tomato skins, that would otherwise end up in the compost, to make her tomato paste: