I’m posting this a bit late in the day, but I’d like to introduce you to my new little series here at Cozycakes Cottage: Favorite Things Friday!
Just a quick and simple weekly post where I share some of my favorite things. I welcome you to share YOUR current favorites, too–so that I can add more items to my “to buy”, “to make”, “to love” lists.
Whaddya say, let’s get going!
My first Favorite Things Friday feature is something for the kitchen:
Yes, that’s tomato paste. I go crazy and adore tomato paste? Sorta.
Generally, when I need a bit of tomato paste I need just that–a bit, just a couple teaspoons or a tablespoon. So I’m left with a bit in the can even when it’s a tiny can. And I hate that. Because although I menu plan most weeks and could plan around the entire can, I forget. I’m then left with tomato paste that ends up going to waste and I do NOT like waste. More than that, my Mama doesn’t like waste.
I can hear her each time I’m about to toss food that’s past its prime. Something she would certainly find a use for before it went the way of rot. “You’re throwing that away!? Ohhhhh, Danielle. Some people are so hungry. Don’t be like those cooks on tv who don’t get all the food out of the bowl! I don’t like to see anyone WASTE food!”
Those non-scrapers of bowls on cooking shows chap her hide. She cringes. She furrows her brow. And now I find I do the same thing.
Waste not, want not!
Which brings me to The Tomato Paste. It does need capitalization.
Notice the shape?
A tube! Squeeze out just what you need…
And put the top back on and refrigerate for ages until you need it again! Genius! Pure genius!
Crickets? Am I the only one who loves this so very much? Admittedly, I was late to the tomato-paste-in-a-tube party. I only discovered it 3 or 4 years ago and I squealed with glee when I did. Probably the Italians have had the tube version for a long time, those clever cookin’ folks. But my regular grocery doesn’t carry it. I found it at a small market and I hope they carry it forever. Foreeeeeeeveeeeeeer!
It truly does make me happy and it’s definitely one of my Favorite Things.
What about you, dear friends? Have you tried the tube o’ tomato paste? And do please tell us about one of YOUR kitchen favorites!
And thanks for joining me at my first Favorite Things Friday!