Tomato powder easily makes my top 10 favorite products list. It is an essential pantry staple in our house.
It has no additives or preservatives and is 100% tomatoes.
It can be used to make a HUGE variety of things that are more expensive at the grocery store.
I use it at least weekly and sometimes as much as 3-4 times a week because it gives me options for quick dinners that are fast and healthy on those crazy nights when I just don’t seem to have time to cook. This is especially true when combined with freeze dried veggies: I can have a quick, healthy, easy soup ready in just minutes!
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Today, I want to share the magic of Tomato Powder with you! I have basic conversions, a fun (more detailed) printable conversion chart, a few tips, and a list of recipes!
If you want to purchase tomato powder, you can find my favorite brand HERE. I’ve found that using tomato powder costs less than buying many tomato based products at the grocery store. This is especially true for recipe that only call for part of a can of tomato paste / sauce etc. No waste!
Here are the basic conversions:
6 T powder + 1/2 cup water = one 6 oz can
2/3 cup powder + 2 cups water = just a bit more than one 15 oz can
1 cup powder + 8 cups water = one 64 oz bottle
And here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your tomato powder:
1. ADD SALT
Tomato powder has no added salt which gives you a lot of control (yay!), but if you are used to store bought products, it will taste a bit funny to you unless you add salt. I typically add about 1/2 tsp salt for every 1/2 cup tomato powder that I use. Adjust this to your own tastes.
2. USE HOT WATER
It will thicken up a bit as you heat it, so if you mix it with cold water, it will be deceivingly thin. I’ve found that if I mix it with hot water, it thickens up right away and I get a more accurate consistency.
3. ADD LESS AT FIRST
Add a bit less than I mention in the conversion charts above at first in case your tastes differ slightly from mine. You can always add a bit more to thicken it up later! But if you add too much powder and have to add water to thin it out, you will waste product and end up with more than you need!
Once you’ve got those three basic conversions and tips down, here is a whole list of recipes that use this fantastic product:
- Copycat Campbell’s Tomato Soup
- Copycat Recipe: Bayou Chicken Pasta
- Freezer Meals without the Freezer: Shelf Stable Meals in a Jar
- Home Canned Vegetable Beef Soup
- Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
- Product Highlight: Tomato Powder
- Quick Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup
- Thick and Hearty Chili
- Vegetable Barley Beef Soup
I made a simple (but cute) conversion chart you can print. It has conversions for the basics: Tomato paste, sauce and juice, but also includes one for homemade ketchup! Plus, it prints two to a sheet so you can share one with a friend!
Download it by clicking on the image below: