April 25, 2022

Home made Tomato Puree - Preservative free (Vegan)

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 Tomato Puree is a very handy ingredient in our kitchen pantry.  This puree is used in making off soups , gravies and various sauces . We do get a lot of branded and canned purees in the market ,but there is always an upside to making it at home as we can keep it free from preservatives and artificial colors .

Adding tomato puree to curries gives a nice volume and taste to the final recipe.  When we get a good produce of tomatoes in the market ,we can make this puree in bulk and freeze it in small batches .The frozen puree has a shelf life of 2 to 3 months and under normal refrigeration, the shelf life is 10 to 15 days. Make sure the container in which the puree is stored is properly sterilized and there is no external moisture . With just water and tomatoes ,we can make this silky smooth tomato puree at home. 

If you love to experiment  with tomatoes like me,then this Tomato Pizza from Preethi's blog will definitely grab your attention and it is a very healthy recipe for kids and adults. 

Preparation Time- 5 mins
Cooking Time - 10 mins
Complexity - easy


3 ripe Tomatoes 
4 glasses of water
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp sugar 

Note - I have mentioned the measure for 3 tomatoes but you can increase the no of tomatoes as per your need .  For 3 tomatoes i got 150ml puree.


  • Scoop out the eyes (top portion) from all the tomatoes using a knife and make a criss cross cut in the base of the tomatoes. 
  • Boil the water on a stove top and drop the tomatoes carefully when the water starts boiling. 
  • Continue to boil the tomatoes in water for 3 to 4 mins until it gets cooked well and the skin appears to peel out . Turn off the stove. 
  • Remove the boiled tomatoes using a big ladle and drop into cold water in another big vessel . This method is called shocking.  In this process the boiled tomatoes will undergo sudden cooling and the skin will peel off automatically. 
  • Peel the skin from the tomatoes and roughly chop the tomatoes.  Let it cool for a few mins. 
  • Blend these chopped tomatoes to a fine puree in the blender with the salt and sugar . This wil act as a natural preservative. 
  • Pass this puree through a sieve and collect the silky smooth puree in another bowl .
  • Store this puree in a sterilized dry container and refrigerate it . If you want to freeze it ,then pour this puree in an ice tray and freeze them.  Once frozen ,remove the tomato puree cubes and store in a ziploc cover until use in the freezer . Use the cubes as desired in the recipe that calls for tomato puree.

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  1. Nothing like homemade as it is is preservative and artificial color and flavor free...this homemade tomato puree is so versatile , we can use it in making soups, sauces and various gravies. I also keep a jar of tomato puree handy in my fridge as it saves lots of time, especially on busy mornings.

  2. homemade tomato puree is a handy tip. Here, the prices of tomatoes hardly goes down to blr levels to make a puree, but will try with a small batch, esp if 3 tomatoes are yielding 150ml defintiely worth it

  3. Home Made tomato purée is the best. It is preservative free . Very handy recipe priya .It saves a lot of time on busy days.

  4. Such a useful post! Tomato puree is frequently used in our kitchen too, so this would definitely be very handy. Thanks for the detailed proceedure.

  5. Homemade is always best. So useful recipe. Loved the well explained recipe.

  6. Home made tomato puree is the best, I always keep it ready for dals and curries. Not only does it cut down cooking time but comes in handy for so many other dishes. I usually blend it with the skin as that acts as dietary fibre.

  7. Home made tomato puree works wonders especially in a busy day. I am so happy for this meal prep idea that I can use in so many curries.

  8. Simple and useful making some tomato puree at home is definitely a great way to preserve and preservative free too. I am wishing I had made some now that tomato is expensive.


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