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Old 04-24-2006, 09:18 AM   #1
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Tomato Paste Substitute?

Say a recipe calls for tomato paste and you go to the pantry and lo and behold you don't have any........what can you use in its place. This time I ended up using a small can of tomato sauce because I really didn't feel like luging my butt to the store....

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Old 04-24-2006, 09:22 AM   #2
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I have used ketchup depending on what I am making and how lazy I feel as far going to the store. Ketchup and paprika. Once I used dry coffee creamer in Alfredo because I was homebound and had already set my mind to making Alfredo and did not have enough cream. I was ashamed but also strangely fullfilled.
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Old 04-24-2006, 09:47 AM   #3
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you could boil down tomato sauce to evaporate the liquid and thicken it up
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Old 04-24-2006, 10:09 AM   #4
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Thanks guys! I've already added the sauce to my dish. But I'll keep your suggestions in mind for the next time I find I'm out of the paste.
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Old 04-24-2006, 10:14 AM   #5
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puree diced or whole canned tomatoes...or crushed tomato. neither will be as thick, but both will give great flavor and cook down well.
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Old 04-24-2006, 12:33 PM   #6
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Thanks Robo!
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Old 04-24-2006, 04:58 PM   #7
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I was ashamed but also strangely fullfilled.
and the karma goes to the gentleman who finds the perfect way to describe those "moments."
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Old 04-24-2006, 05:06 PM   #8
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You never did say what the recipe was, Sizzlin. I always keep tomato paste on hand, but I don't use it very often. What are/were you making?
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Old 04-24-2006, 05:26 PM   #9
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You never did say what the recipe was, Sizzlin. I always keep tomato paste on hand, but I don't use it very often. What are/were you making?
I ususally have several cans but with the kitchen in disarray (remodeling) I haven't a clue as to what I have or don't when it comes to meal time. That is unless I go directly to the store and buy everything I need for that particular meal.
Anyway, it was for a beef stew recipe I found on the back of the Swanson Beef Broth can. The fact that it called for coffee granules or instant coffee caught my eye and I had to give it a try. It wasn't too bad but I had to tweek it with S & P and next time I'll try to change it up. I'm not a huge fan of thyme and this called for a tsp. so I'll probably try it with other variations of herbs.
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This is apparently the only way I can delete this stupid repetitive post.
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