I have found 2 way to ruin a good sauce; overheating and freezing.
My experience with freezing these sauces:
When using plastic containers: (permanant or disposable types)
continers must be nearly full
- the sauce swells as it freezes and needs a bit of room at the top. If the sauce dosen't have enough room to swell, the lids tend to pop off or the container develops cracks
and it will become freezer burnt.
- containers should be filled full enough to leave as little air possible between the lid and sauce
- Sometimes containers crack when removing from freezer to defrost. I've had them crack just from the temperature of my hands.
- Use tight fitting lids and thicker stonger plastic containers.
- plastic wrap MAY help but tends not to cling at freezing temperatures. pressN seal might work better. I haven't tried this in the freezer yet but it makes a big difference in the refigerator.[/
Is never as fresh tasting as when you first open the can.
I believe you can freeze for sauce for 2-3 months when packaged properly. The longer they are stored the more separation and deeping of the bright red. Product can also become meally when frozen too long.
Extend refrigerator storage with lower temperatures. The lowest you can set it before things start to frost.
It's actually pretty easy to use up the rest of the sauce without wearing out your taste buds.
Add a splash of marsala wine for an elegant chicken marsala
Add cream for a cream based sauce
Add some good basalmic vinegatte and vegetable flakes for a refreshing tomato salad dressing
Add various sm canned chili's (try fire-roasted) and fresh onion for the perfect salsa fresca.
Add cooked Italian sausage and make a lasagna to freeze for another night.
Add canned kidney, pinto or pink beans and canned chili's with browned ground beef in a crock pot to simmer on low overnight. Then have cornbread and chili.
Add canned pineapple chunks fresh slices of red bell pepper a splash of soy sauce and vinegar for sweet-n-sour chicken or pork over rice.
Have some baked stuft chicken breast fillets filled with your favoirte pizza cheese and fresh tasting tomato sauce.
I hope this helps.