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!