Homemade Tomato Paste from Tomato Powder

Homemade tomato paste is easy to achieve with the use of tomato powder. Reconstituting dehydrated tomato peels with water to make an easy, and quite delicious, homemade tomato paste is achievable. Plus, you’ll never have to worry about wasting a can of tomato paste any longer!

Every home food preserver has two goals. The first, preserve healthy foods which your family will consume. The second, create a zero waste product whenever possible. And luckily, when it comes to tomatoes creating a zero waste product is very achievable. In truth, many homesteaders do not waste. Left over food items are distributed to the poultry, pigs, and compost pile.

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Tomato Goodness

As you know, blanching and peeling tomatoes is necessary in order to avoid having tough tomato skin in our canned goods. Instead of discarding the peels, freeze and save them to use once the canning season has ended. Make sure you have a good dehydrator on hand. A rear mounting fan allows for even drying and is much more efficient than top or bottom mounted fans. Excalibur dehydrators are a great investment to those who preserve foods through drying.

Each year I can between 100 to 200 pounds of tomatoes. This means we have a plethora of tomato peels to work with at a later date. Tomatoes are a staple in our home, and the recipes below are a great indication as to why we preserve so many pounds of tomatoes.

Canning Stewed Tomatoes Recipe

Tomato Powder Uses

Homemade tomato paste is reason enough to dehydrate tomato peels in order to make tomato powder. This homemade tomato paste is metallic free in flavor since it is not stored in a metal can. Also, you’re not wasting any tomato paste because there is never any to waste! Feel free to make as much tomato paste needed when it is needed.

Tomato powder has multiple uses, and each one is delicious in its own right. Adding a few spoonfuls of tomato powder to each of the following items creates a mild tomato flavor to any dish. Dehydrated tomato powder added to any of these items will amplify the flavor of the dish.

In addition to making tomato paste, the powder can be used to make spaghetti sauce.

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Homemade Tomato Paste from Tomato Powder – Ingredients
  • Tomato Peels, reserved from blanching and peeling tomatoes
Homemade Tomato Paste from Tomato Powder – Equipment
  • Dehydrator
  • Spatula
  • Blender or Nutri Bullet
  • Mason Jar
  • Oxygen Absorber
  • Food Saver with Jar Sealer Attachment, this tool is ideal for storing dried goods long-term.

 

Homemade Tomato Paste from Tomato Powder – Instructions
  1. Remove frozen peels from freezer and allow to thaw in refrigerator.
  2. Once the peels are completely thawed, rinse them with cool water and strain the liquid.
  3. Evenly distribute the tomato peels onto the trays of the dehydrator.
  4. Using the manual of the dehydrator determine the correct temperature setting and drying time.
  5. Once the peels are brittle to the touch they are dried.
  6. Gently remove the peels from the trays either by hand or with the help of a spatula.
  7. Place peels into blender or Nutri Bullet, blend until a powder consistency has been met.
  8. Add the powder and one oxygen absorber to a Mason jar. If the peels are stored longer than 4 months use a vacuum seal with a jar sealing attachment to seal jar.

Make Homemade Tomato Paste

  • Mix 2 parts tomato powder to 1 part water, stir until powder is thoroughly mixed.

Make Spaghetti Sauce

  • Mix 1 part tomato powder to 6 parts water, stir until powder is thoroughly mixed.

tomato powder

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Homemade Tomato Paste from Tomato Powder

Homemade tomato paste is easy to achieve with the use of tomato powder. Reconstituting dehydrated tomato peels with water to make an easy, and quite delicious, homemade tomato paste is achievable. Plus, you'll never have to worry about wasting a can of tomato paste any longer!

Equipment

  • Dehydrator
  • Spatula
  • Blender or Nutri Bullet
  • Mason Jar
  • Oxygen Absorber
  • Food Saver with Jar Sealer Attachment, long term storage over 4 months

Ingredients

  • Tomato Peels reserved from blanching and peeling tomatoes

Instructions

  • Remove frozen peels from freezer and allow to thaw in refrigerator.
  • Once completely thawed, rinse with cool water and strain the liquid in a colander.
  • Evenly distribute tomato peels onto the trays of the dehydrator.
  • Using the manual of the dehydrator set the temperature and drying time.
  • Once the peels are brittle to the touch they are dried.
  • Gently remove the peels from the trays either by hand or with the help of a spatula.
  • Place peels into blender or Nutri Bullet, pulsing on low until a powder consistency has been met.
  • Add powder and one oxygen absorber to Mason jar. Vacuum seal jars using a food save with a jar sealer attachment if storing for longer than 4 months.

Make Homemade Tomato Paste

  • Mix 2 parts powder to 1 part water, stir until thoroughly mixed.

To Make Spaghetti Sauce

  • Mix 1 part tomato powder to 6 parts water, stir until thoroughly mixed.

Homemade Tomato Paste from Tomato Powder

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Comments

  1. Ken says

    If you use tomato powder frequently, (FYI, that is the stuff in every pre-made taco seasoning, chili seasoning, “add hot water” dry soups, etc) use the whole dehydrated tomato. You will have better flavor.

    • Ann Accetta-Scott says

      The peels were used specifically in this project due to creating a zero waste item. The tomato, once peeled, went to make whole, stewed, salsa and sauce. No point in wasting the peels, and the flavor is still great with just the peels.

    • Ann Accetta-Scott says

      If you only have enough for a few 1/2 pint or so jars, add oxygen absorber. If you end up with more that you plan on using right away uses a vacuum sealer for jars & add oxygen absorber.

  2. Laura - Bush Cooking says

    I’ll have to make this at home – store-bought tomato paste has so much sugar and is missing that homemade strong natural flavour!

    I’m struggling with using my dehydrater but will persevere because it will be worth it when I can make this yummy recipe!

    I also want to have gold red flakes 😀 so pretttty!

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