Sunday, November 1, 2009

Brilliant Idea: Tomato Paste

Dude.  This is a brilliant idea.  Pass the Fritos.

Imagine that you need a tablespoon or two of tomato paste.  You're at the store, walking the aisles and doing the higher math it takes to determine a price comparison.  You look at the cans of tomato paste.  There's that tiny can, which costs a price, and then there's that bigger can, which costs a different price.  That different price turns out to be significantly less per ounce.  Huh.  But, what the freak are you gonna do with 15 ounces of tomato paste?

Enter this brilliant idea.  Cue super-hero music played by large orchestra.

Buy the bigger, cheaper can.  Hell, even if it's the same price per ounce, by the bigger can so that you're dealing with less packaging to recycle.  Use the amount that you need for your recipe, and then parcel it out in single tablespoon portions.  Using the tablespoon measuring spoon, plop the tomato paste out on wax paper at intervals.  Then cut the wax paper into squares, twist the squares into little packages like beggar's purses, and put into an air tight container.  Presto, pre-measured tablespoons of tomato paste at a cheaper price, and none has to go to waste!  Brilliant!

FruHubs may or may not have thought of this.  Jackass has all the good ideas. 

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  1. Hmmm... does the use of waxed paper counteract the savings in packaging waste gained by buying the bigger can? Maybe FruHubs can do the calculations cause I sure can't. Food for thought ;)

  2. I love the Coke product placement. Almost as sneaky as the ones from Biggest Loser.

  3. I do variations of this with everything. For example, I never need the whole bunch of celery, so whatever is left gets chopped, put in a bag, and tossed in the "soup fixins" bin in the freezer. When we need a quick meal, I pick whatever freezer bags go together (bits of meat left from that roasted chicken? the celery? steamed rice from last week's takeout?), simmer with some broth and voila--cheap recycled soup.


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