September is the month for preserving or pickling foods for Winter. We start getting prepared for winter with this tomato paste. You can find the best tomatoes of the year in this month, so you must preserve this delicacy for future cookings, right? One of the best ways to preserve it is to make tomato paste. We either use tomato paste or pepper paste in most of our dishes and we prepare these at the beginning of Fall.
Tomato paste is a perfect addition to winter soups like Orzo Soup. You feel the flavor of summer when enjoying your soup in a freezing weather. It warms you both emotionally and physically this way. You know tomatoes in winter are so pale and tasteless, they are no way appealing and this tomato paste becomes like a treasure in the middle of Winter when you are complaining about those boring tomatoes at the market.
Tomato paste is not only used in soups, it also makes flavorful sauces on meatballs or chicken dishes. It’s like an enchanting substance in a jar in Winter and once you open it, you want to add it into any dish you like.
It might sound weird to you, but we love it at breakfast too! Just spread a little of it on a piece of bread, drizzle a little olive oil on it and enjoy that quickest crostini ever! You can even place a small piece of cheese on it if you like. It is also a great way to suppress your hunger if you have to wait long for meal.
An important tip when keeping tomato paste in jars: Drizzle a little olive oil on top of jars, it will cover the surface completely and protect from air. You don’t need to keep them in refrigerator, you can keep your tomato paste for up to one year or more this way.