Tomato Puree (Homemade & Without Preservatives)

A handy jar of Tomato Puree is super helpful when making any tomato based dish. Here, I show you how to blanch the tomatoes and then puree them.

Make this super friendly homemade tomato puree and refrigerate or freeze it.

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tomato puree in a spoon on top of a glass jar filled with tomato puree and two tomatoes placed on top left side

On Tomatoes

It is very easy to make homemade tomato puree. All you need are some fresh tomatoes. In fact you can use any type of tomatoes but make sure they are ripe.

Depending on the type of tomatoes, the consistency of the puree will be thin or thick. I use ripe, red and pulpy tomatoes which yield a thick puree.

Tomato Puree Shelf Life

This tomato puree is made without any preservatives. So the shelf life is about 12 to 15 days in the refrigerator and 3 to 4 months in the freezer.

So if you have bulk of tomatoes and don’t know what to do, then puree them and freeze in ice-trays. Add the frozen tomato puree cubes in any dish where tomatoes are an essential ingredient – pasta, sauces and much more.

I rarely make tomato puree as in India we have a year round supply of tomatoes. There have been very few occasions when I have made tomato puree.

However the situation that we are currently in – is actually making me do things which I have never done earlier – example, freezing vegetables, herbs and even fruits and many more.

frozen tomato puree

How to make Tomato Puree

Prepping Tomatoes

1. Firstly rinse the tomatoes very well. I have used 1 kg of tomatoes. You can even make the puree with 250 grams or 500 grams of tomatoes. Using a paring knife or a small knife make a ½ inch criss-cross cut on the base of the tomatoes (not on the stalk side).

giving criss cross slits on the base of the tomatoes

2. Now take a large pan and heat water in it. The water should be enough for the tomatoes to be immersed. I used 2 litre water for 1 kg of tomatoes. Make sure the tomatoes have space to move and are not over crowded in the pan.

water taken in a pan

3. Add salt. I have added 2 teaspoons of salt. You can easily halve or double the salt depending on the amount of tomatoes you are using.

salt being added to water in the pan

4. Let the water come to a rolling boil on a high flame.

water is boiling

Blanching & Pureeing Tomatoes

5. Gently place the tomatoes in the hot water. Cook the tomatoes in the hot boiling water for 2 minutes.

tomatoes boiling in water for 2 minutes

6. Then switch off the flame and let the tomatoes be immersed in the hot water for 10 to 15 minutes. Cover the pan. I do not shock the tomatoes in cold water, but if you want you can do that. Boil the tomatoes for 2 minutes in hot boiling water and then place them in cold water for 2 minutes.

tomatoes immersed in the hot water for 10 to 15 minutes

7. Using a colander or strainer strain the tomatoes. Let them become warm or cool completely at room temperature.

straining the tomatoes

8. Once the tomatoes are at room temperature, on a clean chopping board with clean hands, peel the skins and discard them.

tomatoes have been peeled

9. Slice the eye part on the stalk part of the tomato and discard.

slicing the top eye part of the tomatoes

10. Using a clean chopping board and clean knife and with clean hands, chop the tomatoes roughly. If you have a powerful blender you can just throw in whole tomatoes in it. No need to chop them.

tomatoes roughly chopped

11. Add the chopped tomatoes in a blender jar or grinder jar.

tomatoes added to a blender
12. Purée till smooth.

blended to a smooth puree

13. Place a bowl or pan beneath a juice strainer. Add the tomato pulp in the strainer.

tomato puree being strained

14. While straining, stir with a spoon and press the pulp while stirring so that all the purée and pulp is strained leaving only the seeds in the strainer.

strained till only the seeds remain in the seive

15. You will see a lovely red tomato puree collected in the bowl.

strainer tomato puree in the bowl

Storing Tomato Puree

16. Pour homemade tomato puree in a sterilized glass jar. To sterilize the jar, you can boil the jar and lid in hot boiling water for 5 minutes or rinse the jar and lid with hot water.

tomato puree poured in a clean sterilized jar.

17. You can even pour in ice cubes trays. If you want you could cover the tray loosely with a parchment paper or foil before freezing. Once they are frozen, remove them and keep in an air-tight box or a sealed zip-lock bag in the freezer. Just pop in the cubes in any dish.

tomato puree added in ice cube trays

18. Add this homemade tomato puree in any dish where tomatoes are mandatory or where you want to bring some tangy flavor in the food. For canned tomato puree – pour the tomato puree in a sterilized canning jars. Seal the jars and boil them in hot water for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove and let them cool. Later refrigerate.

top shot of tomato puree in a glass jar.

Recipes with Tomato Puree

Brighten up your recipes by adding Tomato puree in them. I am sharing some recipes from the blog where tomato is one of the main ingredients. You can easily replace chopped tomatoes with tomato puree.

Handy Tip: Replace 1 medium sized tomato with ½ cup tomato puree.

Pasta

  1. Arrabiatta Pasta
  2. Red Sauce Pasta

Pizza Sauce

  1. Homemade Pizza Sauce
  2. Margherita Pizza
  3. Vegetable Pizza

Indian Recipes

  1. Tomato Rice
  2. Tomato Chutney
  3. Tomato Curry
  4. Tomato Dal

Soups

  1. Tomato Soup
  2. Cream of Tomato Soup
  3. Carrot & Tomato Soup
STEP BY STEP PHOTOS ABOVEMany of my recipes have detailed step by step photos and useful tips to help you make it easily and perfectly.

Tomato Puree (Homemade & Without Preservatives)

5 from 4 votes
Thick and pulpy Tomato Puree made from scratch. The recipe also shows how to blanch tomatoes.
tomato puree
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:5 mins
Cook Time:5 mins
Resting Time:15 mins
Total Time:25 mins
Course:condiment
Cuisine:world
Diet:gluten-free,vegan,vegetarian
Servings (change the number to scale):1 medium-sized jar
(1 CUP = 250 ML)

Ingredients

  • 1 kg tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 litres water

Instructions

Prepping Tomatoes

  • Rinse the tomatoes very well. Give a ½ inch criss cross slit on the base of the tomatoes (not on the stalk side)
  • Bring water and salt to a rolling boil on high flame.

Blanching Tomatoes

  • Add the tomatoes.
  • Continue to cook on the same high flame for 2 minutes. After 2 minutes switch off the flame and let the tomatoes be immersed in the water for 10 to 15 minutes. When resting the tomatoes in the hot water, cover the pan with a lid.
  • Later using a colander strain the tomatoes.
  • Let them cool at room temperature.
  • Remove the peels and discard them. Slice the eye part on the stalk and discard.
  • Chop the tomatoes roughly.

Pureeing Tomatoes

  • Add the chopped tomatoes in a blender or grinder and puree them till smooth. Do not add any water while blending.
  • Strain the tomato puree through a juice strainer.
  • Stir and press the pulp with a spoon so that all the purée and pulp is strained leaving only the seeds.

Storing Tomato Puree

  • Pour in a sterilized glass jar and refrigerate.
  • You can even pour in ice cubes trays. Cover the tray loosely with a parchment paper or foil.
  • Freeze and use later. Just pop in the cubes in any dish that need tomato puree or tomatoes.
  • This homemade tomato puree stays good for 12 to 15 days in the refrigerator and 2 to 3 months in the freezer.

Notes

  1. Type of tomatoes: You can use any variety of tomatoes to make the puree. The consistency of the homemade puree will be thin or thick depending on the type of tomatoes added. But make sure that the tomatoes are ripe. 
  2. Tangy & Sour Tomatoes: If the tomatoes are too tangy, then add 1 to 2 teaspoons of sugar while blending. 
  3. Freezing: For a long term storage, freeze the puree in ice cubes tray. When they are frozen, remove them and place in a steel container or box or ziplock bags. Seal the container or box tightly. 
  4. Cleanliness: Do make sure that the chopping board, knife, juice strainer, bowl and your hands are clean.
  5. Sterilizing Jar: To sterilize the jar, you can boil the jar and lid in hot boiling water for 5 minutes or rinse the jar and lid with hot water. 
  6. Canning: Add the tomato puree in a sterilized canning jars. Seal the jars and boil them in hot water for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove and let them cool. Later refrigerate. 
  7. Substituting Tomatoes with Tomato Puree: Replace 1 medium sized tomato with ½ cup tomato puree.

Nutrition Info (approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
Tomato Puree (Homemade & Without Preservatives)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 180 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 4701mg204%
Potassium 2370mg68%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 12g50%
Sugar 26g29%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 8330IU167%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 6mg30%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin C 137mg166%
Vitamin E 5mg33%
Vitamin K 79µg75%
Calcium 100mg10%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 150µg38%
Iron 3mg17%
Magnesium 110mg28%
Phosphorus 240mg24%
Zinc 2mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to vegrecipesofindia.com which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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8 comments/reviews

  1. Hi Dassana,
    Hope you all are well.

    I’m sorry my comment is unrelated to the thread. I had a query pertaining to seasoning of cast iron tawa for dosa. I had a spare cast iron tawa that I’ve started using for pan frying to develop seasoning on it.
    How should I wash it? Sometimes, there are sticky/burnt residues left behind- shall I give them a good scrubbing?

    Sorry if the queries seem really silly but I have no clue about cast iron seasoning. Any advice/tip would be highly appreciated.

    Thanks & regards,
    Ruchi

    • Hi Ruchi, yes you need to wash it and give a good scrub. After rinsing, wipe dry well. Then spread a layer of oil on it when storing the pan. Sorry, I have yet not been able to reply to your email, but I have read it and was going to reply.

      At times, I add water in the pan. Add detergent (can be liquid or powder). Mix and heat it till comes to a boil. The I let the water cool or become warm. Discard the water. Rinse with clean water. Wipe dry and spread on oil on it and store. Hope this helps.

  2. First of all, your recipes can never be less than 5 star. My kids tease me that “my go to place” is vegrecipesofindia but that is because your recipes are fool proof – I have tried many of them with exceptionally good results. I love the fact that you use healthy ingredients. I just have a suggestion to make – if you can include them in the main recipe itself. e.g ghee in place of oil, reduced quantity of oil/ghee, curd in place of vinegar, milk in place of water…. Also the ingredient brands that work for you e.g Gloripan dry yeast, Kikkoman soy sauce – sometimes we have to read hundreds of comments to find about this.
    Lastly regarding this recipes, what is the need of removing the skin? And what about freezing after frying?5 stars

    • Thank you so much Neera. With regards to you suggestions, I will keep them in mind. Though many times I do mention replacements or substitutes in the post. Yes, I will keep in mind to add the brand name. If the tomato skins are thin and soft, you do not need to peel them. But for tomatoes with thick skins, it is better to remove. In a puree we are looking for a smooth consistency which is not possible if the peels are also added. Secondly the peels can contribute to having a slight bitter flavor in the puree. Yes of course, you can even cook the tomato puree for some minutes till it thickens more and its color changes and then freeze. Some oil can also be added. I hope this helps.

      • Thank you so much, your reply helps. I am a blind follower of your recipes and would even like to limit myself to the brands that you recommend since I am sure they are tried and tested ones and on top of that you keep in mind the “health” aspect and would recommend natural products as far as possible.

        • Welcome Neera. I will try to mention the brands I use in the recipes going forward. For all the existing recipes, it will be very difficult for me as I cannot single handedly update all of them. But whenever I update an existing recipe with better photos, I will try to add the brand suggestions.

  3. Hi
    How are you?

    Do you have any recipe of dosa with rice with out any dal?

    will be happy to get

    thanks a lot stay safe

    • I am good and I hope the same for you. I have neer dosa recipe which is made only with rice. These are soft dosas. Recipe link – https://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/neer-dosa-recipe/

      Welcome and Stay safe.