Make Tomato Paste at home! In Turkish cuisine, it is one of the essential ingredients.
It is easier then you might think of making it at home. With this technique, you don’t have to peel tomatoes. If you are living in a hot dry climate as in some parts of Turkey, you can make your tomato paste in the sun too…
Ingredients for tomato paste:
- 5 kg. plum tomatoes
- 4 tbsp rock salt
- 2-3 tbsp olive oil
- a colander
- preferable hand blender or food processor to puree the tomatoes or you can do it by hand to
WATCH HOW TO MAKE PEPPER PASTE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B77CTfQ8rUM
- Wash and take out the bad parts of the tomatoes if there is any.
- Cut them in four. Separate them into two parts for easy handling and put it on a colander.
- Sprinkle 2 tbsp rock salt on each and mix it with hand. Let it sit for about 5-6 hours. You will see a clear juice coming from the tomatoes and drain under the colander. This way it will reduce the cooking time to become a paste.
- Transfer the tomatoes to a big wide pan and cook on low heat, stirring it from time to time. Cook about 15 minutes until they are soft.
- Using a strong hand blender or food processor process to tomatoes to make a puree. Now we have to strain the puree to get rid of all the seeds and the skin. Use a big colander like in the video and strain by helping with your palm or back of a measuring cup or such.
- Cook the strained tomato puree on very low heat, stirring from time to time. It takes about 5-6 hours to become a paste. You can do this part the other day too if you don’t have time or if its already a night 🙂
- Add about 2 tbsp olive oil and taste the paste: it should be saltier than regular dishes since it will also help to keep the puree fresh.
- Transfer your paste to a clean, boiled, and dried jar and cover the top of the tomato paste with olive oil to seal it from the air so it doesn’t form a mold. In total, I got about 900gr. tomato paste from 5 kg. tomatoes. Keep it in the refrigerator and after each use, cover the rest with olive oil…
You can use your tomato paste in many Turkish dishes such this one: Turkish Stuffed Eggplant “Karniyarik”