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Why is it that no recipe calls for "one can tomato paste" they all ask for like 2-3 tablespoons. Why are the cans so big, Its not like I use it all the time. Anyone have suggestions of what to use it in?
 

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Because 2 tablespoons of pizaste is roughly equivalent to 1 tomato. FYI, they do make 6 oz tomato paste cans. That may be a little help. (and I do have the same problem as you).
 

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I stopped using tomato paste.
Now I use a sundried tomato paste with oil. It keeps for at least two weeks in the fridge. It's got oil, yes, but a little won't hurt you and it's so good! I'm (still) in Finland so I don't know if you guys have it in the US?
 

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I get the little cans of tomato paste when they're on sale. Otherwise, this is what I do to save money and avoid waste:

1. Buy big cans of tomato paste.

2. Spray a couple of old ice cube trays with canola oil.

3. Spoon the tomato paste into the ice cube trays, set in freezer, and go do something else for a couple of hours.

4. Next time I check the freezer, pop the cubes into a zipper baggie, and use as needed.

No waste
 
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