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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!
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 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 basics down, here is a whole list of recipes that use this fantastic product:
- Copycat Cambell’s Tomato Soup
- Copycat Recipe – “Olive Garden” Minestrone 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
- Quick & Easy Dutch Oven Cowboy Chili
- Quick Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup
- Thick and Hearty Chili
- Two Bean Crockpot Chili
- Vegetable Barley Beef Soup