First, I just have to say I envy you if you live near a Trader Joe's store. I live in Utah and we don't have a single store because of our State liquor laws. So, I have to plan trips around visiting a Trader Joe's at least once a year. This year we will be passing through Vegas and I have already started my list; jars of marinara sauce and mini artichoke hearts, crackers, peanut butter, saffron, and the list goes on... but I just discovered something from Trader Joe's that I can't wait to get my hands on - TOMATO PASTE! Look, it comes in a tube. That is just brilliant! Most recipes call for one or two tablespoons of tomato paste and you're still left with a tiny can full of tomato paste. Do you throw it away and call it a loss? No. The next recipe will want just a tiny amount, too. I started freezing it in one tablespoon measurements (click here to see what I use to freeze it). But the tube will be so much better. I will be able to use what I need and throw the tube in the fridge until the next time. Oh, I love Trader Joe's.
3/21/12 Update: I found two different brands of tomato paste in a tube at Whole Foods today. I was so excited! I was sad to read on the package that "after opening refrigerate immediately and use within two weeks". Two weeks isn't very long. But I still plan to stock up at Trader Joe's.