Q. I love making fresh spaghetti tomato sauce from the tomatoes in my garden. The whole family loves it and it’s an easy go-to dinner on busy weeknights. Now that the harvest is in, I have a huge batch of tomatoes to work with. I would like to preserve some of the tomato sauce that I make so that I can eat it later. However, I don’t feel comfortable canning sauce and would like to freeze it instead. I don’t want to go through all that work if the sauce will get ruined in the freezer. Can you freeze spaghetti sauce?
A. Yes, you sure can freeze spaghetti sauce! Not everyone feels comfortable canning food, and those jars of sauce can take up valuable space in your pantry. Freezing sauce is a simpler, more space-friendly way to freeze all that delicious spaghetti sauce you’re planning to make. Freezing the sauce in freezer bags allows you to lay them flat in the freezer, allowing you to freeze more sauce in less space.
How to Freeze Spaghetti Sauce?
For best results, it’s important to start with the freshest sauce possible and to protect it from freezer burn. Start by cooking your sauce according to your recipe. If you like to add meat to your sauce, you can either add it during the original cooking process, or add it later once defrosted. Adding meat will shorten the length of time the sauce can be frozen for, so it is something to consider if you plan to freeze your sauce for a long period of time. Allow the sauce to cool.
Using large freezer safe bags, portion out the sauce into the bags in the serving sizes you would use for one batch of spaghetti. This way, it’s easy to know how much sauce to defrost at a time. Place the freezer bags in a large bowl, and fold the top down over the edge for easier filling. Then, squeeze out the excess air and seal the bag. Label and date it, then lay it flat in the freezer. Stack bags to save space.
How to Defrost Spaghetti Sauce?
To thaw, remove the freezer bag from the freezer the night before and allow it to thaw in the refrigerator. Or, if the sauce does not contain meat, place the bag in a bowl of water for quicker thawing. Gently reheat the sauce in a saucepan on the stove before tossing with spaghetti. Use thawed sauce within two days for best results.