How long your homemade tomato sauce lasts depends on storage conditions. If you keep it in the fridge, it’ll last for between three to five days, but if you freeze it, it could last and retain its taste and flavor for about four to six months.
So, if you want to keep your tomato sauce for longer, it’s best you freeze it. Want to know the best ways to freeze your tomato sauce, well, here they are.
What Are The Best Ways To Freeze Your Tomato Sauce?
- Put in airtight containers. Do this if there’s no cream or cheese in your sauce.
- Put into baking tins or ice cube trays, then freeze.
- Let your sauce cool completely, then pour into freezer bags till they’re halfway full. Use a straw to suck the air out of the bags, seal, and place them on their sides in the freezer.
- Try not to put too much oil into the sauce when cooking if you know you’re going to be freezing it. You can add more oil later when you want to make use of it.
- For store-bought tomato sauce, transfer into freezer-safe containers and freeze. It can be stored for two to three months in the freezer, not in the refrigerator. It’ll last for about two to three days in the fridge. Any longer than that, when thawed, it might have lost its flavor.
- Avoid freezing tomato sauce that has cream or cheese in it, as much as possible. Freeze just your tomato sauce, then you can add cheese or cream into it when you’re cooking your dish.
- To freeze tomato sauce: three to five days in the fridge, three to six months in the freezer, and up to two years in your deep freezer. Yes, two years, and nothing would go wrong with it’s flavor or texture.
- It is better to put your tomato sauce in different sections than pour it all in one container. Pour into different medium sized jars and put a label on them. On this label, write the date you stored them in the freezer, so, when you want to use them, you pick out the ones that have been there for longer.
Here are some containers that are perfect for freezing your tomato sauce
- Glass jars/ Mason jars
- Ice cube trays
- Baking tins
- Freezing bags (make sure they are heavy-duty)
- Airtight containers
- Plastic bags or containers
- Zip-top bags.
You sure can freeze your tomato sauce with all these methods, just remember not to freeze your store-bought sauce for as long as you freeze your homemade sauce. And, if you want to freeze your homemade sauce, remember to let it cool first.
Finally, it is better to freeze your tomato sauce than to refrigerate it, and it’s better to put it in the deep freezer than to freeze it.
But it all depends on how long you want to store your sauce for.