Yes, of course, you can freeze pizza sauce, and when you are in a time crunch and cannot make homemade pizza sauce from scratch, frozen pizza sauce is a game changer.
So, does pizza sauce freeze well, and how long does it last? This post will answer all your questions; most of the answers are from my experience.
I have stored pizza sauce both in the fridge and the freezer; the results were a little different in both cases, and the timeline of how long they last in each case is different, so make sure to read this quick post before you store your pizza sauce.
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How long does pizza sauce last in the fridge?
If you have just made your pizza sauce and ended up with some leftovers, it is pretty common as each pizza doesn’t need more than 2 tbsp of pizza sauce unless it is large.
So now comes the question of where and how you store it.
Right after making pizzas, I put the sauce in a jar or a container, cover it with a lid, and store in the refrigerator.
Yes, I do not go right to the freezer because I also have leftover dough most of the time, and it doesn’t make sense to freeze it so soon.
So I keep it in the refrigerator, and the maximum pizza sauce lasts 10 days. This might be an unpopular opinion, and 10 days seems like a long time, but hear me out.
I always took some pizza sauce from the container, put it in another bowl, and put the container back in the fridge, so I never got the sauce container to room temperature(and used a clean, dry spoon every time to take the sauce out), which helped.
But if you can’t do the sauce container-bowl gymnastics, you can store the sauce in the freezer at the 7-8 day mark. After that, there is a high chance of the sauce getting spoilt.
Can you freeze pizza sauce?
Yes, you can easily freeze pizza sauce so that it lasts longer. You can even make several large batches of pizza sauce and can them before freezing.
Canned pizza sauce, when frozen, can last up to three months easily. You can freeze it longer than three months, but the taste and flavor can be affected, so be cautious.
How long does pizza sauce last in the freezer?
Pizza sauce lasts relatively longer in the freezer. Pizza sauce can last 3-6 months inside the freezer if stored properly.
I mention 3-6 months and not a definite number because, at the 6th-month mark, the sauce might be edible, but it won’t taste as good as it did at 3 months.
If you want the pizza sauce to be fresh, storing it for 3 months is excellent; after that, the quality deteriorates slowly, impacting the flavor.
How to freeze Pizza Sauce?
There are a few simple ways in which you can freeze pizza sauce and
1. Ziplock Bag
The easiest way to freeze pizza sauce is by storing it in a ziplock bag. It is a convenient way to store and freeze pizza sauce; I use this method more often.
You can break off the piece of frozen pizza you want to defrost, take that part out, and thaw it in the refrigerator one day before making pizzas.
This is a quick and easy way to store small amounts of leftover pizza sauce from a pizza night.
Also, this helps with the fact that I do not have a lot of space in the freezer, and I can store this in the corner without it taking too much space.
Make sure to remove the excess air from the zip lock bag to ensure the longevity of the sauce.
2. Ice Cube Trays
Another great way to store pizza sauce is by pouring it into the ice cube trays and letting it freeze.
You can take out a cube depending on how many you need for one pizza.
This is a great way to freeze pizza sauce because you get to measure out a portion size, and you do not defrost the whole pizza sauce batch to use it on one pizza.
It might not be the best way for me because I have limited space in my freezer, but if you do, you should go with this method.
3. Mason Jars
You can store your sauce in glass jars as well and freeze them. Leave some space at the top of the jar as the sauce is liquid, and liquids expand a bit while freezing.
Does Pizza Sauce freeze well?
Yes, pizza sauce freezes well; you cannot differentiate between freshly made pizza sauce and defrosted pizza sauce.
However, with time, there are chances that the texture of the frozen sauce will change. Also, the frozen sauce will be slightly watery because of the melted ice.
You can quickly solve the issue of watery pizza sauce by heating it until the sauce thickens and the excess water evaporates.
How do you unfreeze pizza sauce?
You can defrost frozen pizza sauce in a few ways, and here are the two most popular ways you can do it too.
1. Defrost it overnight in the refrigerator- I recommend this method to defrost pizza sauce as it thaws the sauce safely without any issues.
If you defrost it at room temperature, there are chances of bacteria formation, but defrosting it in the fridge prevents that.
2. Take a pizza sauce cube and defrost it in the microwave- This method is quick and easy if you can take out the exact amount of frozen pizza sauce you need, thaw it quickly in the microwave, and use it on pizza.
Why is my pizza sauce watery after freezing?
When you freeze the pizza sauce, tomatoes with a high water content are contained; when you freeze it, the ice crystals rupture the cells.
This means that there would be more water content, and the texture of the tomatoes can get mushy than it usually would be (considering you are not using blended pizza sauce).
The way to resolve this would be to heat up the sauce and evaporate the excess water content.
Let me know if you have any questions and I’ll try my best to answer them all!