Tomato is an edible fruit. Tomato can also be called a vegetable because it is eaten and prepared like a vegetable.
We make use of Tomato in most our cooking and foods like;
Cooking of stew, making of salad, etc.
Tomato as a vegetable and fruit has a lot of health benefits. It contains Vitamins k and C, Potassium, and other important nutrients. One of its striking content is an antioxidant known as lycopene which is beneficial in the treatment of cancer and other health related diseases.
Why do we make Tomato paste?
Though Tomatoes can be sliced and used like other vegetables, sometimes depending on its usage, we may like it to be in “paste” form, to achieve this, we need to grind the Tomatoes.
It does not end there, to save ourselves the stress of going to buy already prepared tomatoes, we can prepare the tomatoes by ourselves at home, and store them anyhow we like, either with or without salt and preservatives.
How to make tomato paste and Store it without salt or preservatives
Before I begin the main process, bear in mind that when you go to purchase the tomatoes, you will see them in different sizes, colours and texture.
But for the purpose of making tomato paste, I will advise you go for the fresh, well ripe and strong ones so that your tomato paste will last and have a nice taste when you preserve it.
- Fresh tomatoes
- Fresh pepper
- Pour boiled hot water into the bottles, remove the lids and leave for 15-20 minutes.
- Boil the lids for about 10-15 minutes.
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