How to Add Tomato Paste to Already-Cooked Beef Stew

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When adding tomato paste to already-cooked beef stew, you're always going to want to watch out for a few important things. Add tomato paste to already-cooked beef stew with help from a chef instructor and executive pastry chef in this free video clip.

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Hi. I'm chef Tony Hedger from L'Ecole Culinaire in St. Louis, Missouri. Today, we're going to be talking about adding a tomato product to a beef stew. Today we have our beef stew rolling over here. But I need a little tomato product because I like tomato. OK. So what I'm going to add is a little bit of tomato paste. And basically what happens with tomato paste is that all the moisture is taken out of tomatoes, it's ground down in their, well tomato paste. OK. It's one of those mysteries of science. So, today what I'm going to do is I'm going to take a tablespoon, add it to a bowl. Now the thing about tomato paste is if you've ever been like me and you've been to grandma's house, she had beef stew and all of a sudden you got a big burst of tomato in your product because it wasn't naturally added in correctly. Somebody might put tomato paste in and try to stir in right into the beef stew. Not a good thing. I like to have mine evenly distributed. So what I've done is I went ahead and put a little tablespoon in there. And what I'm going to do is I'm going to take a little bit of left over stock and put it into my tomato product. OK. What I'll do is go ahead and whisk this in very carefully because again, I have enough scars on my arms, I don't need any more. So we're going to go ahead and whisk that in. The heat from that stock is going to go ahead and break that tomato product down. Look at that. It smell just like tomato soup. OK. So now, now I'm going to go ahead, I'm going to drizzle that in there. Now only did we just kind of kick up our beef stew a little bit, now we got that nice robust flavor of tomato in there. I'm chef Tony Hedger. This has been how to add a tomato product to a beef stew. Thank you very much.

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