Cooking tomatoes briefly and then straining them creates a thick liquid known as tomato purée. By cooking tomatoes for a longer period and further reducing the liquids, a thicker, richer tomato paste is created. Neither tomato purée nor tomato paste has any seasonings added. Preparing your own tomato purée from tomato paste is a process that takes just a few steps and allows you to substitute tomato paste in recipes that call for tomato purée.
Place 2 tbsp of tomato paste in a measuring cup.
Add water to make one cup.
Place the water and tomato paste in a saucepan.
Whisk the tomato paste and water together in the saucepan, breaking up thick clumps of paste, until you have a smooth purée.
- Use tomato paste in place of tomato purée in recipes that require additional liquids, like soups, by reducing the amount of liquid in the recipe by slightly less than 1 cup.
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