Flavoring Pastes

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

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

  2. 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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