Homemade Sauce & Storage

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Every few weeks I like to make sauce to keep in the freezer. It is just as easy to thaw out homemade sauce as it is take some out of a jar. I use homemade sauce with pastas and pizzas. Over the years I've simply used a bunch of random ingredients to make a sauce. It was finally nice to see exactly what I've been putting into it.

2 tbsp oil
1/3 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup finely chopped sweet pepper
1 tbsp minced garlic
2 15ounce cans of tomato sauce
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp dry basil leaves
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp white pepper
1/2 tsp sugar

* Heat oil over medium heat. Once hot add onions and peppers.
* When onions are translucent (about 3-4 minutes) add garlic.

* After another 4 minutes add 2 cans of sauce then all other ingredients and stir.
* Once sauce is boiling, cover and reduce heat.
* Simmer for 30 minutes - 1 hour.
* Use immediately or freeze.

How I Store Sauce:
* Once sauce has cooled down, add evenly to ice tray. Wrap tightly with cling wrap.
* Freeze overnight.
* Once frozen, pop cubes out and store in freezer bag.
* Can last up to 6 months but I'm sure you'll use it all before then!

Cooking/Thawing Out
Whenever I want to use a cube or two, I warm the frozen cubes in a saucepan. I'm sure you can just pop them in the microwave but I find it just as easy to warm them in a saucepan. Usually I will add warm pasta and toss or use as a pizza base.