In this blog post we will answer the following question: How do you store leftover spaghetti sauce? We will teach you how to store and freeze leftover spaghetti sauce and how you can “recycle” it and make other delicious meals!
How do you store leftover spaghetti sauce?
After cooking, we recommend storing the leftover spaghetti sauce in a jar or other airtight container, in the refrigerator for 3-5 days. It is possible to freeze leftover sauce at any time during this period; just pour the sauce into a container suitable for the freezer, and you can store it for up to 3 months.
How do I freeze leftover spaghetti sauce?
You don’t need to make a sauce from scratch every time. You can certainly make a batch in advance and then freeze it for later. Still, you can’t go wrong with a sauce that separates in the freezer. The fat and water will separate during the freezing process, which will make the sauce look a bit grainy and not at all thick. Do not despair! I’ll show you exactly how to get your béchamel back to its thick, shiny finish in no time.
To freeze, start with a freshly made spaghetti sauce. Allow cooling completely before freezing to avoid freezer burn. Scoop the desired amount of sauce into a freezer bag, leaving some room for expansion. Seal the bag tightly.
Then, slide the freezer bag into another one and seal the second bag tightly. Label and date the freezer bag and place it in the freezer. This is also a great way to protect against leaks!
Can I freeze the sauce in a jar?
Yes, you can freeze a jar of sauce, and we’ll explain how to do it step by step:
- Choose the correct type of glass jar. Ideally, you should use the jars designed especially for canning. The wide-mouthed ones are the best.
- Use the lids corresponding to the glass jar you are using. These often come in two parts, the cap and the thread (they also come as a single cap), and are specially made to expand or contract depending on environmental conditions. They even close hermetically, which will protect the food from the damage that the cold can cause.
- Wash and dry the glass jar very well before filling it.
- Don’t fill it to the brim. Leave a space of 1.25 cm for fruits and vegetables that do not contain added liquid or sugar.
- For sauces, soups, and other types of liquid foods, leave 1.25 cm when you use a half-liter jar and leave 2.5 cm. for 1-liter jars.
- It is essential to leave this space, as it allows the food to expand when frozen and prevents the jar from breaking and the food from pressing on the lid.
- Stir the contents of the glass jar using a spoon or spatula before sealing it. This will release air bubbles and help reduce the expansion of the food.
- Clean the mouth of the jar. Any remaining food left in it can prevent proper sealing.
- Place the lid on the jar and then seal it with the screw. Tilt the jar slightly to make sure it is tightly closed and that the food doesn’t spill.
How to use leftover spaghetti sauce?
Of course, you don’t necessarily have to freeze the sauce, and you can always recycle it in a new delicious recipe!
Make a pizza baguette – Fancy a tasty lunch or snack, but only have leftovers in the fridge? Prepare a delicious baguette pizza. Cut a few slices of bread (it doesn’t have to be super fresh), brush them with remaining tomato sauce, a few vegetables, and possibly some salami or ham. Sprinkle with cheese and put it in the oven.
Lasagna in a mug – Do you dream of a tasty, creamy, and above all, quickly prepared pasta dish? The lasagna is perfect! Make a lasagna “in a mug.” In a cup, stack ready-made lasagna sheets, your leftover tomato sauce, and some ricotta or mascarpone and place in the oven for a short time.
You can also indulge yourself with our lasagna ready in 10 minutes, the recipe for which you can find here.
Mussels – The mussels can go perfectly with your leftover tomato sauce: fry an onion and a little garlic in a saucepan, sprinkle with white wine and sauce, and throw in the mussels. Let cook until the shells open. Do you have extra time and fresh tomatoes? Try the delicious mussels in tomato sauce.
Stuffed vegetables – Toss your leftover tomato sauce with rice, ground meat, cooked onions, and garlic, and fill the vegetables with this mixture. Then brown everything in the oven.
Olive tapenade – In general, olive tapenade recipes do not contain tomatoes, but we assure you that this combination is divine! Just add tomato sauce to this recipe and some capers, and you have a perfect aperitif dip.
You don’t need to make a sauce from scratch every time. You can certainly make a batch in advance and then freeze it for later. Make sure you follow our tips and you will have delicious sauce for every meal!
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