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Spotlight: Tomato Powder

Spotlight: Tomato Powder

Tomato powder is a perfect secret ingredient. A spoonful of scarlet powder adds an instant punch of umami to all your favorite sauces, soups, stews, and even baked goods. The intense tomato flavor is sweet, tart, and savory. Plus, you can kick that awkward 6oz can of tomato paste to the curb—or at least ditch the half-used can occupying the corner of your fridge.


What is Tomato Powder?

Tomato powder is made from select ripe tomatoes. Homemade versions are made by dehydrating tomato wedges and pulverizing them in a food processor. The Spice House’s tomato powder is made by freeze drying premium tomato pulp into a perfect, pourable powder. The final product concentrates the tomatoes to roughly a 20:1 ratio, leaving you with some serious flavor potential.



How to Use Tomato Powder

Tomato powder’s most popular use is to substitute tomato paste, saving you from opening a whole can only to use a tablespoon or two. To make a paste, combine equal parts tomato powder and warm water. If you add more water, you can make a basic tomato sauce that is ready for customization. Don’t stop at a tomato paste substitute, though.

As Bon Appétit’s Senior Editor, Sarah Jampel, explains, “Tomato powder can also go where tomato paste cannot! It’s dry and sprinkle-able, meaning you can use it similar to a spice in rubs (tomato-rubbed chicken wings?!) or to flavor roasted vegetables or nut mixes.”


Storing Tomato Powder

Tomato powder can be prone to clumping as we do not use artificial anti-caking agents. Like most spices, we recommend keeping the lid sealed tightly and storing it in a cool, dry place that is out of direct sunlight. If you live in a more humid climate, you may wish to store this product in the freezer to avoid clumping,


Souped-up Soups and Sauces

Next time you're making any soup–seriously, any soup–add a bit of tomato powder. Not only will it give your soup a savory boost of flavor, it adds a beautiful red color. Sarah Jampel describes our tomato powder as, "clown nose–red and as sweet as the summer’s smallest, ripest cherry tomato."

This unique, tomatoey flavor is especially helpful for making homemade broths. Sometimes a broth tastes too watery and adding salt won’t fill in the missing flavor. Tomato powder has richness and sharpness that tastes almost meaty, giving your broth a well-rounded and delicious taste. Chili con carne is another great recipe to try with tomato powder, giving your homemade chili a richer, deeper flavor. The same goes for sauces. Tomato sauces, curries, barbecue sauces, and even marinades can all benefit from a tablespoon of tomato powder.


Baked Goods, Breading, and Spice Blends

Tomato powder’s unique physical property gives it a special edge in the kitchen. This works especially well in bread baking, as is evident by the Tomato Basil Bread Recipe below. You simply whisk the tomato powder and herbs into the flour before adding the yeast and water.

You could even try whisking tomato powder into your breading mixture or flour dredge. Chicken or eggplant parmesan would be amazing with that extra bit of savory flavor in the crust.

Try adding tomato powder to your homemade spice blends. Combine garlic powder, black pepper, oregano, salt, and tomato powder for an Italian-style spice blend that is perfect for fish, chicken, or pork chops.


Storing Tomato Powder

Just like spices, tomato powder should be kept in a place that is cool, dark, and low on humidity. Stored properly, tomato powder will keep indefinitely. Clumping is a common occurrence, even when stored properly. Simply use a butter knife to break up the clumps before using in your cooking.


Top Recipes for Tomato Powder


Tomato Basil Bread



Vegetarian Chili with Sweet Potato and Quinoa



Vodka Sauce





C on March 17th, 2023

I just wish the large jar quantity would make a comeback!
And as a new addition, could Tomato Powder be packaged in a bulk form (ie: flatpack, 16 oz., etc.)?
The 1/2 cup jar is too slight for a Tomato Powder lovin’ gal like me.
Help us to Go Big or Go Home ;-)

K. Corlin on May 11th, 2022

Need tomato powder in a flatpack! Would pour some into a jar and then vacuum seal the rest refilling jar as needed.

Ann Zack on April 20th, 2022

I first discovered your tomato powder at Culinary Institute in Napa Valley. They sold me on the benefits of it and I really enjoy having it on hand. I ran out of it so checked your website. If I order a jar the shipping is as much as the product so it’s hard to justify. I would love if you had it in a flatpack as everything else I have found on your website I would order comes in a flatpack which makes it an easy decision to buy. Thank you.

Spice House on March 10th, 2022

Hi Joanne Neuharth,

You can make a basic pizza sauce from tomato powder by thinning it out with water. You may wish to season it with salt, garlic, and some Italian herbs for more flavor.

Spice House on March 10th, 2022

Hi Elizabeth,

We are considering offering tomato powder in Flatpacks later this year. Stay tuned!

Joanne Neuharth on March 10th, 2022

Was wondering if tomato powder can replace tomato sauce. I have very few recipes that call for tomato paste. I make pizza often and use half an eight ounce can for the sauce and throw the rest away. Would be great if I could sub the powder.

linda Dronsfield on March 10th, 2022

this sounds so great, never heard of tomato powder, fantastic.

Roberta on March 10th, 2022

Hello, I have been using the, Wonderfully Versatile Tomato Powder for years, Love it!!
During the height of the lock down I was at times struggling to come up with something interesting to increase my appetite. Hhmmm…a tube of crescent rolls a pinch each of Italian seasoning Aleppo garlic salt and, Tomato Powder topped with a pinch of ‘vegan’ Parm. and a few drops of EVOO. These can be baked according to package direction, or my favorite, fried bread. Makes a delicate and delicious quick snack, or serve with nice green salad to which I add fave pizza toppings, or favorite feel good soup. For the fry bread, a few drops of EVOO onto a nonstick surface, spread round with paper towel. Place the dough onto cold pan. Using oil sucked into the paper, dab up side of dough. Sprinkle small pinch of each seasoning, starting with tomato as it scorches quickly, end with parm. Using a mid/low heat allow the down side to become golden brown, carefully turn. Be careful not to burn! I have baked these just pinching two pieces together, then add small amounts of, fave pizza topping. I have also made sweet crescents with, minced apple and Apple Pie Spice Mix! Both are quick and Delish!
Please let me know the different varieties you come up with! If you are wanting to add the tomato powder to soup, already have cooking, mix the power with just a little liquid and allow to sit a few minutes. I find when adding powder to hot moving liquid it tends to separate and climb up the sides. I wish You All, Happy and Delish kitchen experiments!!raf

Elizabeth on March 10th, 2022

When will tomato powder be available in flat pack? I just don’t need anymore jars or bottles,

Stephanie Bennett on March 9th, 2022

What about using this in Italian vinaigrette recipe?

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