Here are some suggestions for saving money on pizza sauce:
- stock up when you see a sale price or better, yet, use coupons paired with a sale. Muir Glen (organic tomato products) often has coupons on their website or coupons.com
- Purchase a #10 can from a wholesale store (yes, the huge, enormous can and divide the can into small 1-2 cup portions)
- Make homemade pizza sauce below and divide portions into freezer bags (this is the most economical and whole foods way)
Another tip: freeze leftover jar spaghetti or pizza sauce rather than letting it sit in your fridge and go bad (unless you have it on next week’s menu). Don’t forget to add it to your freezer inventory sheet so you know you have it.
How to make homemade pizza sauce:
I tripled the following ingredients and froze 5-1 cup portions (approximate)
-adapted from Our Best Bites
1 6-oz. can tomato paste
6 oz. water (just use the empty tomato paste can)
3 Tablespoons garlic bread seasoning (you could substitute parmesan cheese and italian seasoning) 1 Tbsp. sugar or honey
3/4 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes (optional)
I prepare my freezer bags by labeling contents and date.
I have an “old school” can opener and I open both sides of the can. I can push one side through the entire can and remove the paste easily. Make sure you remove the lid first and leave no lids in your product. Empty tomato paste and water in a bowl stirring constantly until combined (a whisk works the best). Add remaining ingredients, stir to combine, and allow to stand until ready to use or freeze OR use a food processor like I did.
Stand your freezer bag in a glass measuring cup or large coffee cup to give it stability. Use a measuring scoop (1/4 or 1/3 or 1 cup if you are scooping from a bowl. Use this scoop to transfer the sauce to the bag more easily.
Don’t forget to use a rubber scraper to get the last bit of sauce from your processor bowl. You will be surprised how much you can still get when you think you’ve got it all with a spoon.
After filling a bag, lay it on its side and gently squeeze air out being careful not to squeeze sauce to the zipper. Gently close and make sure it’s sealed completely. Lay the bags on top of one another and freeze. Add this to your freezer inventory sheet.
When you want a quick meal (or forget to thaw), the smaller 1 to 2 cup portion bags thaw easily on the counter for a couple of hours or swirled in warm water in a bowl. I will slice the zipper off and cut open a frozen bag and place in a microwave safe bowl and nuke for 3-5 minutes on 30% power when I need it NOW. It’s almost as easy as a jar or can.
As you can see, homemade pizza sauce is very frugal on your pocketbook because tomato paste is inexpensive. It’s easy to make and you can make a lot of it at one time if you use pizza sauce a lot.
We use ours for homemade pizza, of course. But how about calzones, meatball subs, pitta pizza, homemade bagel bites or french bread pizza and dipping sauce for breadsticks? If you are having a pizza night once a week, it’s worth giving it a try. What ways do you use pizza sauce?
Visit Tasty Tuesday for other inspirations.