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Tomato Powder

The Marvels of Tomato Powder

Tomato powder is a versatile and ingenious ingredient that can elevate your culinary creations to new heights. This vibrant, scarlet powder is a secret weapon in the kitchen, capable of infusing an instant burst of umami into a wide range of dishes, from sauces and soups to stews and even baked goods. Its intense tomato flavor strikes a delightful balance between sweetness, tartness, and savory notes, making it a must-have for any home cook or chef. Not only does it deliver exceptional taste, but it also offers the convenience of replacing that cumbersome 6-ounce can of tomato paste, sparing your fridge from the clutter of half-used cans.

Tomato powder

The production of tomato powder involves a meticulous selection of ripe tomatoes. While homemade versions are crafted by dehydrating tomato wedges and then pulverizing them in a food processor, premium options like The Spice House's tomato powder are created through a freeze-drying process that transforms premium tomato pulp into a pourable powder. This method concentrates the tomatoes at an impressive 20:1 ratio, unlocking a world of flavor potential for your culinary endeavors.

One of the standout applications of tomato powder lies in enhancing homemade broths. If you've ever encountered a broth that tastes too watery, simply adding salt won't fix the issue. Tomato powder comes to the rescue with its rich and sharp profile, almost reminiscent of meatiness. Incorporating this powder into your broth not only imparts a well-rounded and delicious taste but also lends depth and character to your soups and stocks.

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Tomato paste



  1. Begin by peeling and finely chopping an onion.
  2. Take four garlic cloves, use the flat side of a chef's knife to smash them, and then remove the peels.
  3. Proceed to mince the garlic.
  4. Grate some Parmesan cheese using the smallest holes of a box grater or a microplane.
  5. Create a paste by combining water and tomato powder, ensuring it's well mixed.
  6. Heat a Dutch oven with two tablespoons of oil over medium heat.
  7. Add the chopped onion and cook while stirring until it starts to turn brown around the edges, typically taking about 4-5 minutes.
  8. Now, add the minced garlic and continue cooking for approximately 2 minutes until the garlic becomes fragrant.
  9. Add the tomato paste and ½ teaspoon of red pepper flakes. Stir thoroughly to evenly coat the onion and garlic.
  10. Continue to cook, stirring often, until the paste transforms into a deep red color and begins to brown at the bottom of the pot, which should take around 5-7 minutes.
  11. Deglaze the pan by pouring in 2 ounces of vodka, making sure to incorporate it while scraping the bottom of the pot.
  12. Reduce the heat to low.
  13. To avoid the cream from breaking when added to the pot, take a heatproof glass measuring cup and combine about ¼ cup of hot water with ¾ cup of heavy cream.
  14. Gradually pour the warmed cream into the Dutch oven while constantly stirring until a smooth sauce forms.
  15. Remove the pot from heat and mix in the grated Parmesan.
  16. Adjust the taste with a small amount of salt if needed.
  17. Finally, toss your preferred pasta in this sauce and savor the dish.

Tomato powder is a culinary gem that deserves a place in every kitchen. Its exceptional tomato flavor, versatility, and ability to enhance a wide range of recipes make it an indispensable ingredient for any aspiring or seasoned cook. Whether you're looking to enrich broths, elevate chili, or create flavorful sauces, tomato powder is your secret weapon for culinary success.


  1. Use It as a Flavor Enhancer: Tomato powder is an excellent way to boost the umami and overall tomato flavor in dishes. Start with a small amount and gradually add more to achieve the desired taste.
  2. Rehydrate for Sauces: To make tomato sauce, paste, or soup, rehydrate tomato powder by mixing it with water. Typically, 2-3 tablespoons of powder mixed with 1/4 cup of water will give you a good tomato base.
  3. Add to Dry Rubs: Incorporate tomato powder into dry rubs for meats like ribs, chicken, or pork. It can add a pleasant tangy and savory note to your rubs.
  4. Flavoring Soups and Stews: When making soups and stews, especially if you want a rich tomato undertone, add tomato powder along with your other seasonings. This enhances the overall depth of flavor.
  5. Baking: Surprisingly, tomato powder can be used in baking too. A pinch can add a subtle tomato flavor to bread, pizza crusts, or focaccia.
  6. Thickening Agent: Tomato powder can act as a natural thickening agent in sauces and stews, reducing the need for added starches or flours.
  7. Boosting Beverages: Try adding a pinch of tomato powder to your Bloody Mary or other tomato-based cocktails for a unique twist.
  8. Storage: Store your tomato powder in an airtight container in a cool, dry place to maintain its freshness. It's important to keep it away from moisture to prevent clumping.

In conclusion, tomato powder proves to be a transformative ingredient in various recipes. Its ability to increase the flavors of dishes, such as chili con carne, by adding depth and richness is truly remarkable. Additionally, it plays a crucial role in intensifying the taste of sauces like tomato sauces, curries, barbecue sauces, and marinades, making your culinary creations not only memorable but also exceptional in flavor. So, whether you're spicing up a classic dish or experimenting with new flavors, tomato powder is your ally in taking your meals from ordinary to extraordinary levels.

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