Flavoring Pastes

My local grocery store just starting carrying these tubes of what I call “flavoring pastes” — sun-dried tomato, pesto and garlic pastes.  I love them!

They’re great on a boat, camping or even just at home for several reasons:

  • More intense flavors than similar flavoring powders or packet mixes
  • No need for refrigeration until they’re opened
  • Easy to use if the boat is moving — or you just don’t want to spend a lot of time
  • In the case of garlic — fresh garlic taste but no garlic smell on your fingers!

The garlic, in particular, adds a lot to foods.  I love the paste for making garlic toast (mix the paste with the butter before spreading it) and salad dressings (the sun-dried tomato paste is also a great addition to salad dressings if you don’t have any fresh tomatoes).

The down side is that they are more expensive than other options — at my store, the tube of garlic is $3.64 and lasts me two to three weeks.  For me, the flavor is worth it as a “little luxury.”

In my store (a Walmart Supercenter), these are found near the canned tomatoes and tomato paste.  A friend who shops at a different store said she has seen them in with spices.   So you may have to ask around to find them!

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3 Comments
  • Colin Mombourquette
    Posted at 26 May 2014 Reply

    Recently came across them in Ontario grocery stores – echo your comments, they are easy to store and use and they are bursting with flavor.

  • June Stein Kelly
    Posted at 27 May 2014 Reply

    Use them all the time at home and on the boat! Love the convenience and the great flavors. Another great thing I use is the Knorrs concentrated broths. Much better flavors than bullion cubes and easy to store on the boat. I throw a bunch in my suitcase when we head back to the boat!

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