Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Tomato Powder

Recently I have had a few questions about tomato powder and how to use it.  Here is what I do.

For tomato sauce: For 1 cup of tomato sauce add ½ cup tomato powder and 1 cup water. Mix together.
For tomato paste:  ½ cup tomato powder to ½ cup water
Form tomato juice: 1/2 cup tomato powder to 5 cups water. 

Remember that there is no salt in the tomato powder but in most prepared tomato products there is a lot, so make sure to taste and adjust your recipe accordingly.

I think the recipe on the can is ridiculous.  It calls for a tiny amount of tomato powder and a ton of other tomato products.   Don't waste your time on it. But do try these ideas:

·  Sprinkle this over hot pasta with butter for a quick sauce.
·  Add it to foccacia and sprinkle some on top.
·  Add it to homemade salad dressings.
·  Mix it with mayonnaise for a great tomato mayo dip.
·  Thicken sauces, stews and gumbos with it.*this is my favorite I hate opening a can of tomato paste to just use a tablespoon to thicken a soup. 
-add to baked products such as bread or tortillas.