When I was in Italy three years ago, the chef I was working with used this tomato paste. I was immediately intrigued. I use quite a bit of tomato paste in sauces, soups and pastas. The problem is that most tomato pastes come in a can. This means that the excess has to be stored in another container. Unfortunately, I never remember when I put it in the fridge, I usually end up with moldy paste in my fridge. Then I open a new can and the whole ugly cycle starts again. Enter tomato paste in a tube. This stuff is amazing. I can sit in the fridge for a year and still tastes great. My local Italian grocery store sells one tube for $2.99. Check it out! It is worth the cost. Happy Cooking!