How to Never Waste / Lemons, Limes, & Tomato Paste

Ginger Kitchen Tips


It sounds like part of a poem, doesn’t it?

How To Never Waste
Lemons, Limes, and Tomato Paste

I don’t think anyone taught me this, or if so, I don’t remember who, but sometime in the past few years, I’ve developed a nifty little system for keeping fresh lemon and lime juice on hand, and for not wasting partially used cans of tomato paste.

And there are only four things you need to be successful: ice cube trays, measuring spoons, a lemon press, and quart-size freezer bags.


Wait till you see lemons or limes on sale and buy them in bulk (8-12 of each fruit is a good amount). Use your lemon press to squeeze the juices out of each fruit, but keep the juices separate. Do lemons one day, and limes the next, if you don’t have enough ice cube trays to do them all at once. Fill each compartment of an ice cube tray with 1 tablespoon of the juice. Cover with foil, freeze overnight, and pop out the cubes the next morning into a quart-size freezer bag. Mark the bag with the type and amount of juice, i.e. “Lemon Juice 1 T Each,” and store them in your freezer until you need fresh lemon or lime juice for a recipe.


Just thaw the cubes as needed and never buy one of these again:


It’s the same general idea with the tomato paste, except this time you won’t need the lemon press or the ice cube trays. Just scoop either 1 or 2 tablespoon measurements of the tomato paste from the can onto a glass plate. You can line the plate with wax paper first to make for easier removal, but it’s not vital. Stick the plate of red blobs in the freezer and freeze for a few hours. When they are set pretty firm to the touch, carefully remove the frozen tomato paste portions, using a spoon to ply off if necessary, into a quart-size freezer bag and continue as before with the lemon/lime juices.


Now when you need just a tablespoon or two of tomato paste for your sloppy joes or meatloaf, you won’t have to buy yet another can of tomato paste only to use that one small scoop while discarding the rest. You’ll feel like a rock star in your own kitchen by being so famously prepared.

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