Once you have tomato powder in your pantry, the possibilities are endless. Try these six easy ways to use tomato powder and replace the canned tomato sauce that you usually purchase.
Fresh tomatoes are used in soup, stew, and salads and are perhaps the most versatile fruit you can store. Many people process tomatoes in a water bath canner each year and enjoy homemade sauce long after they can be picked fresh from the garden. There is another way to preserve them that is somewhat less time-consuming.
Tomatoes are easy to dehydrate, and having tomato powder on hand can replace most of the time that you spend processing raw tomatoes into paste, sauce, and juice. Having tomatoes available in powder form makes them shelf stable and easy to use for quick meals.
Every two cups of fresh tomatoes will dehydrate into 2/3 cup of tomato powder. You can expect a shelf life of 1 year when stored in a dark cupboard, under typical pantry conditions.
8 Ways to Use Tomato Powder and Replace Canned Tomato Sauce
Use your regular chili recipe and replace the canned tomato paste with reconstituted tomato powder.
- To make the equivalent of a 6 ounce can tomato paste use 6 tablespoons tomato powder + ½ cup water + ½ tsp salt
Like the suggestion above, you can make your family favorite spaghetti recipe and replace the tomato sauce with reconstituted tomato powder.
- To make a 15 ounce can of tomato sauce use ⅔ cup tomato powder + 1 3/4 cup water + ¾ tsp salt
Stuffed Rolled Cabbage
Make Stuffed Rolled Cabbage and replace the tomato juice with tomato powder.
- To make a 64 oz bottle of tomato juice use 1 cup tomato powder + 8 cups water + 1 tsp salt
To make homemade ketchup use 6 Tablespoons tomato powder + 1 cup water + 1 ¼ tsp salt + ¼ tsp onion powder + ⅛ tsp garlic powder + ¼ cup honey + ⅓ cup white vinegar. Simmer for 20 minutes.
Homemade BBQ Sauce
Use the homemade ketchup recipe above and make 8 ounces of tomato paste – then use them to make this tasty Homemade BBQ Sauce from Tastes Better From Scratch.
Tomato Basil Soup is within your reach, and you can use tomato powder to create it. Replace the tomato sauce in this recipe from AllRecipes by using the trick to make tomato sauce above.
Learn to make tomato powder from our sister site – Rockin W Homestead.