Often a recipe calls for less tomato paste than is in the can you bought. Not to worry - freeze the remainder in ice cube trays, using 1 Tbsp per "cube". Once frozen, put in a freezer bag and label. Keeps 2 to 3 months.
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In the canned tomato aisle of the supermarket, you can find tomato paste, chopped garlic, and basil in tubes, so you can use just a little bit and put the cap back on the tube and store in the fridge....saves you TONS of money...
Save the rest of tomato paste in the can by wrapping approx one tbsp amts individually with Saran wrap then into a Ziploc bag and then into the freezer. When you need tomato paste, take one out and throw it unwrapped into the pot frozen and it melts almost immediately. Quick, easy and frugal!
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